School cries foul over trespass

Unidentified contractors are trespassing and developing a plot of land that belongs to SJK (C) On Pong in Pekan Ampang.

UNKNOWN developers are being accused of trespassing and developing a 0.4ha plot of land gazetted to belong to SJK (C) On Pong in Pekan Ampang.

Two weeks ago, the school’s board of directors discovered that unidentified contractors had taken down part of the perimeter hoarding and used it to build a temporary shed on the site and were working on the land.

Neither was there signage set up at the site to indicate who the developer was, nor was the school informed of the development or if there was any transfer in land ownership.

“If someone can suddenly start building on our land, we need to know why we were not informed,” said SJK (C) On Pong board of directors chairman Datuk Ong Seng Khek.

“We were very surprised because we have all the valid documents to prove that the school owns the land,” he said.

In 2004, the school was contacted by then state exco Datuk Tang See Hang and informed that the plot of land along Jalan Ampang was discovered to have been gazetted to belong to the school since 1940.

The board of directors worked to get all the legal documents needed and compensated the squatters living on the land in order to relocate them.

After the change in state government in 2008, the school twice submitted plans to build a kindergarten, and other extra-curricular facilities on the land, but were rejected.

The land had since been closed off with hoarding and left undeveloped by the school until now.

A site visit showed that one side of the perimeter hoarding was removed and there was a digger and about half a dozen construction workers on site.

The school’s board of directors made a police report and strung up a banner to protest the trespassing of their land in the hopes that the developer will come forward for discussions.

A letter dated August 2004, issued to the school by the Hulu Langat Land Office, stated that the land was offered to the school as a Chinese school reserve and that the school had the right to seek a court order to vacate the land of trespassers.

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