Kota Kinabalu City Hall seeks perpetrators of illegal tree felling in Lintas Square

KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall is looking for those responsible for chopping down six trees at a parking lot at Lintas Square in suburban Luyang here.

In a statement on Saturday (June 8), the city hall said they lodged a police report to help identify the people behind the illegal felling of shade trees (Eugenia Sp) in a parking area at Lintas Plaza.

It said the act was considered vandalism, unacceptable, and an offence under the Kota Kinabalu City Hall bylaws.

"The perpetrators will be compounded, and we will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action, including suing them for damages.

"The trees have been identified as assets or property rights of the city hall and cannot be cut down without permission.

"The planting of shade trees in parking areas around the city is part of DBKK's effort to provide natural green shade to the city's environment," it said.

The statement came after news reports alleged that the city hall used the wrong procedures to cut the trees at the Lintas Plaza parking lot on May 30.

The city hall found that the shade trees had been felled by a "third party".

The city managers noted similar incidents in several other public areas along main roads and the city centre.

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