KOTA KINABALU: High Court bailiffs seized yesterday the office of Shell Timur Sdn Bhd here after local businessman Douglas Tay obtained a writ of seizure and sale against the petroleum company for allegedly failing to pay him RM742,423 for the construction of a petrol station here.
The two bailiffs arrived at the Shell Timur office at the Karamunsing shopping complex accompanied by Tay and his lawyer at 9.30am after the writ was issued by Justice Tan Sri Steve Shim, the Chief Judge for the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak.
The bailiffs only executed the seizure of the Shell Timur office at 1pm following discussions with the petroleum firm's lawyer Allan Han.
After asking the Shell Timur staff to vacate their office, the bailiffs then carried out an inventory of the items inside the premises.
Tay, the managing director of Chung Hsin Construction Sdn Bhd, said he had no recourse but to act against the petroleum company for failing to pay his company for the construction of petrol station at KM7, Jalan Tuaran.
He said the petrol station was handed over to Shell Timur in August 1996.
Tay said he had been waiting for payment from Shell Timur since then and on Sept 11 last year, obtained a judgement against the company from the Kota Kinabalu High Court.
He said as far as he was concerned, his company had completed its part of the contract with Shell Timur because otherwise how could I get the High Court judgement as well as the writ of seizure and sale.''
Stating that he was still hoping that the matter could be amicably settled, Tay said: All I am asking for is payment.''
Shell Corporate Affairs in a statement issued yesterday evening said the incident did not disrupt to normal business to their customers in Sabah.
Shell Timur said the counsel for the contractor had obtained a court order to seal the premises despite being notified that a hearing date had been fixed for April 17.
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