Star City Buyers Never Consulted on Redevt Plan
The Member of Parliament here, Chan Foong Hin has urged Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Trade and Industries Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau to make proactive efforts to understand the land dispute between Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) and Sabah Urban Development Corporation (SUDC).
He said the dispute should not be regarded as a pure Chinese issue.
“This has become a hot issue among the KK community, not only the Chinese.
“It is about whether a state government-linked company (GLC) is allowed to bulldoze its way through and disturb the school (SJKC Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu).
“As SUDC is under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industries, I think Madius should take proactive efforts to understand the issue,” he said yesterday when asked to comment on KKCCCI’s claim that SUDC had violated its agreement to halt construction on the disputed 7,200 square feet of land next to SJK(C) Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu pending the outcome of the probe conducted by the Lands and Surveys Department.
At the same time, he hoped that the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who is also Api-Api Assemblywoman, and other Pakatan Harapan (PH) colleagues would continue to bring up this issue in the State Cabinet.
He said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal had previously instructed SUDC to submit a report explaining the matter.
“I forwarded the complaint to the Mayor on the same day, who promised that he would monitor the situation and take action, including issuing a compound, if the contractor refuses to cease work,” he disclosed.
On another note, Chan also highlighted the plight of the Star City buyers, who had never been consulted on the redevelopment plan of the abandoned commercial project.
He said the purchasers had met with him twice to express their concern of being kept in the dark.
“As far as I know, a new developer has engaged SUDC but the company has never had engagement with the purchasers.”
He said the purchasers had been paying their bank loans despite the project was abandoned.
So although the units are non-existent, the buyers were still theoretically owners of the commercial units, he said.
“The purchasers are concerned that they are not informed about the details of the re-development project, which involved demolishing the existing building.
“The State Government should empathize with the rakyat and their concerns.”
In a press conference on Tuesday, KKCCCI deputy president Chang Chin Sin, has pointed out that construction on the disputed land where a site office and showroom were erected was nearing completion.
The chamber asserted that it was the rightful owner of the 7,200 square feet of land as the previous developer of the Star City project, AC Property Development Sdn Bhd (ACPD), had promised to allocate the land to SJK(C) Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu for education purposes.
KKCCCI has also previously showed three development plans (DPs) approved by DBKK and Lands and Surveys Department in 2006 which marked the chamber as the owner of the land.
However, SUDC said KKCCCI’s claim on the ownership of the land was unsubstantiated and that the corporation did not have any obligation to materialize any promises made by the previous developer.
Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) has called SUDC, Lands and Surveys Department and KKCCCI for a meeting on September 11 where all parties agreed that the Lands and Surveys Department would investigate the matter and present its findings in the next meeting.
It was also agreed that KKCCCI would refrain from speaking to the media pending the probe while SUDC would immediately halt construction works on the land.