KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has sealed off a community hall in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur for being in violation of Section 425 (1) of the National Land Code 1965.
It was one of the community halls which previous management refused to surrender back to DBKL.
The offender is liable to a fine of RM500,000.
In the operation, DBKL confiscated items such as plastic chairs and tables stored inside the building before sealing it, while Tenaga Nasional Bhd personnel cut the building’s electricity supply.
It was earlier reported that DBKL would act to take back community and multipurpose halls that organisations either refused to hand over the management of those buildings or had built them without DBKL’s approval.
Of 202 such halls in the city, DBKL Community Development and Welfare Department director Anwar Mohd Zain said 180 had been handed back to DBKL while the management of the remaining 22 refused to do so.
Anwar said DBKL would take enforcement action after issuing several notices to the errant operators.
Setiawangsa Indian Development Association treasurer Sundara Row Thewadoo, 54, said he just found out about the notice from the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office to clear out of the Setapak community hall a day before the operations.
“When we checked the notice, it was dated Oct 24, a mere five days before the operations. We do not understand why the authority delivered the eviction notice only the day before they conducted enforcement, ” he said.
“I am disappointed with DBKL as they rejected my appeal for an extension for the association and residents to clear out the items inside the building.
“We do not mind DBKL taking over the building management, but we hope they will allow the public to use it for community activities.”
Sundara Row said the community hall had been in use for more than 25 years.
“It is used for activities such as karate and yoga classes, as well as meetings by sports, non-governmental organisations and political parties.”
DBKL said in a statement that the operators of the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Community Hall in Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi and Segambut Bahagia Public Hall had submitted appeals for extension, while the managements of Taman Koperasi Polis Fasa 2 Public and Recreational Hall and Desa Segambut Public Hall had handed over their respective buildings.
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