Ministry to seek legal advice on status of MAS

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 28 Apr 2020

A file photo of the two-storey building in Jalan Haji Hashim, Kampung Baru, which houses MAS’s operations.

FEDERAL Territories Ministry will consult the Attorney General on the legal status of the Malay Agricultural Settlement (MAS) body in Kampung Baru.

MAS honorary secretary Shamsuri Suradi said he was informed of the matter by Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa when they met on April 20.

Shamsuri said he raised the matter following a letter from the minister’s predecessor, Khalid Abdul Samad, to the body on Feb 18 asking for it to disband.

In the letter, a copy of which StarMetro had obtained, Khalid said MAS no longer had any function, as ownership of land plots belonging to it were already transferred.

“As such, MAS is no longer relevant and it must surrender the settlement register, which contains the list of landowners, to the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office (PTGWPKL).

“This is so that the transfer of those land plots can be managed in accordance with the National Land Code 1965, ” the letter stated.

MAS has administered Kampung Baru since the settlement’s inception over 120 years ago.

It was established under the Land Code Enactment Act 1896, but its relevance came into question after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was formed with the Federal Territories on Feb 1,1974.

Shamsuri says the ministry should include MAS in the proposed redevelopment of Kampung Baru.Shamsuri says the ministry should include MAS in the proposed redevelopment of Kampung Baru.

In light of this, the letter ordered MAS to relinquish its administrative duties to DBKL.

“MAS should no longer give out hawker permits and collect fees from parking lots and advertisement boards.

“It should also stop issuing approvals for building plans, certificate of fitness, permit to conduct excavation works and road closure, ” the letter said, adding that legal action would be taken should the body fail to comply.

The letter, however, said MAS could continue as a non-governmental organisation, in recognition of the role it played in preserving the Malay heritage in Kampung Baru.

Shamsuri said he asked Annuar to review his predecessor’s order, adding that the ministry should include MAS in the proposed redevelopment of the enclave.

Shamsuri suggested that the ministry should divide the responsibility among MAS, DBKL, Kampung Baru Development Corporation (PKB) and PTGWPKL.

“MAS should handle land ownership issues and DBKL can handle the project masterplan, ” he said, adding that PKB could identify potential investors.

Annuar confirmed that he met Shamsuri and that he had noted the latter’s feedback, but no decision had yet been made.

“Several discussions were held and I listened to input from the body, but I have not decided on anything yet, ” said the minister.

“I will continue to communicate with any parties who are involved with the development and welfare of Kampung Baru, ” he added.

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