‘House on river reserve vacated, not demolished’

A HOME that was illegally built along a river reserve in Kampung Kuala Ampang was voluntarily vacated by the owner, and not demolished by the local council as claimed, says a state exco member.

“After the matter was reviewed by Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), the council clarified that it did not carry out any demolition work at the site and that the owner voluntarily left,” said Selangor local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.

He was responding to a question by Saari Sungib (PH-Hulu Kelang) who wanted to know what action was being taken against a family living on government land in Kampung Kuala Ampang.

One of the occupants claimed that no notice to relocate was received but their home was demolished recently.

Ng said: “Based on MPAJ’s chronology, the council received several complaints regarding a structure located on government land, near the entrance to SMK Hulu Kelang.

“Investigations revealed that it was a house built without permission on river reserve land.

“MPAJ’s Building and Architecture Department issued a notice to the house owner in 2019.

“This was followed by a warning letter from MPAJ’s Town Planning Department.”

Ng said the owner then submitted an appeal on Aug 12, 2022 and requested for a one-year time frame to vacate the site.

“MPAJ agreed with the request and granted a 12-month grace period starting Sept 6, 2022, for him to move,” he said.

When the council visited the site on Dec 1, the house had already been vacated and only some construction waste was left, said Ng.

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