Final deadline for errant 'Datuk Seri' houseowner

The street where a houseowner has been given until July 13 to remove the water tank and air-conditioner compressors he placed on public land.

THE “Datuk Seri” from Tropicana Indah, who ignored Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) stop-work order notices, has until July 13 to reinstate the place outside his home to its original state.

An MBPJ spokesperson told StarMetro that the houseowner had appealed to the city council for a deadline extension two weeks ago.

MBPJ also ordered the houseowner to issue a formal letter of undertaking to state that he would remove the water tank and air-conditioner compressors placed over a public drain by July 13.

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On May 20, StarMetro reported that a houseowner in the upmarket neighbourhood had broken city council rules and disregarded three stop-work order notices issued by MBPJ on May 8, 10 and 11.

It was reported that MBPJ enforcement personnel had also visited the site three times.

The houseowner had carried out illegal road extensions, chopped down the city council’s trees and planted palm trees and shrubs on the road shoulder as well as placed a water tank and air-conditioner compressors over a public drain.

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The latest stop-work order and notice to reinstate the place to its original state lapsed on May 24.

MBPJ councillor and lawyer Derek Fernandez said the houseowner would not be given any more chances after this.

“If the houseowner does not issue his letter of undertaking and continues to ignore the law, I will demand that MBPJ take immediate action.

“There are two components to this issue. One is the illegal items outside the boundary wall, and two, the illegal items attached to the wall such as the air-conditioner compressors and water tank.

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“We do not know what is behind the wall. What if we rip it out and the wall collapses?

“For this, we may need a court order to enter the property,” said Fernandez.

The houseowner’s behaviour had angered neighbours, who said the nearby road shoulder had been turned into a carpark and posed a danger to residents as vehicles parked there protruded onto the main road.

A resident, who did not want to be identified, said MBPJ had given enough grace extensions to the houseowner.

“Enough is enough. MBPJ must show it is serious and that there are no double standards.

“This matter is being closely monitored by the residents.

“A complaint has also been filed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, so no discrepancies will be tolerated,” he said.

It is learnt that the Tropicana Indah residents’ management committee had filed the MACC report on June 16.

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