Saturday , September 19 2020

Penang to hit errant developers with stiffer penalties


State executive councilor Zairil Khir Johari will propose a new state law to allow city councils to take action. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will follow the example of the Selangor state government in imposing stiff compound fines on developers who flout Erosion and Sediment Control Plans. The move is part of efforts to deal with the increasing incidence of non-compliance among developers in the state.

In this connection, a paper working on the Street, Drainage and Building Act (Compounding of Offenses) By-Law 1980 under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 will be discussed at the State Executive Council meeting this Friday, said the state Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee Chairman Zairil Khir Johari today.

The proposed use provides for fines of up to RM250,000.

“I found out that in Selangor, they have come up with a law that allows very stiff financial penalties. If Selangor can do it, why do you know What happened in Selangor The non-compliance rate (of ESCP) dropped. That means more engineers and developers are aware.

“I hope to reduce non-compliance, and at the same time, reduce mud floods and pollution. I am very positive the state government will support and approve this by-law, ”he told reporters here after attending an event related to a river awareness project here.

At a recent State Legislative Assembly sitting, Zairil announced that 90 busts were being conducted on private and public construction sites between 2017 and October this year, with 85 per cent (or 77 project sites) found to have contravened ESCP conditions.

According to Zairil, the Penang Island City Council currently does not have the authority to issue compound notices with fines as a penalty, while the Seberang Perai City Council can only issue compounds with a maximum fine of RM250.

He added that several months ago, representatives of local authorities and the state government visited counterparts in Selangor to learn about legislation passed by the state government to address the problem of non-compliance among developers.

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