Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin (third from right) and Lim Lip Eng (right) meeting residents at a protest. — Picture by Hazreen Mohamad
Source: http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/3ttdx/Article (By Dawn Chan, 14/3/2011)
Appalled by the defiance of a developer who ignored a stop-work order at a construction site,
Raja Nong Chik said the developer had continued to work illegally, defying a stop-work order that was issued about a month ago. The developer twice destroyed barriers erected by City Hall to prevent them from entering the construction site from Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 1 in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. "Our stand is firm. The developer cannot do as they please and what they have been doing is illegal. "We will look into imposing a penalty against the developer for damaging the barrier constructed by City Hall," he said.
Raja Nong Chik was commenting on the issue of the developer using Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 1 as an access road into its construction site near the border of Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Sungai Penchala. A check on the developer's website revealed that the housing project encompasses three-storey semi-detached houses on the 1.2ha site.
Residents of Jalan Datuk Sulaiman zone are upset that despite being given an alternative road, the developer continued to use Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 1, which led to congestion, deteriorating safety and security in the area.
Raja Nong Chik said there is a second alternative road for the developer to access the construction site and will be completed in three months. "We have asked the developer to be patient and gave a stop work order a month ago. "City Hall put up barriers but the developer removed it twice. It is a matter of a three-month delay, then they can go ahead and develop the land without being bothered by anyone. "On Tuesday (today), City Hall will once again put up barriers to prevent them from entering the site. The City Hall branch office here will monitor the situation closely. We will be firm against irresponsible developers who give us a bad name. "We want to be fair to everybody. It is a matter of being a responsible developer, and not driven by profit at all cost. "Breaking the law and angering the residents is not the way. Worst still, the developer refused to communicate with the residents and were verbally abused by the developer," said Raja Nong Chik. He added that the developer had gone to the extend of threatening City Hall officers. The developer also illegally widened the back lane of the houses of Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 1 to use it as an access road.
Residents claim the developer had built drains to channel water from the construction site to the existing drains of the neighbourhood.
Segambut Lim Lip Eng, who was also present, said he had raised this issue twice, once last late year and earlier this year with Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail but no action was taken. "I will follow the development of this case closely to ensure Raja Nong Chik acts against the developer as he promises," he said.
A resident who wished to remain anonymous said Raja Nong Chik had repeatedly promised to solve the problem in the past. "I hope he honours his words and takes action against the developer," he said.