Cattle shed encroaching gov’t land demolished

Works to demolish a cattle and goat shed found to be encroaching on land categorised as mosque and river reserves took place at Jalan Rembia 2, Bandar Botanic, here today.

Klang District principal assistant officer Mohd Shahrizal Mohd Salleh said the action had to be taken after three notices of encroachment issued under sections 425 and 426A (1) (c) of the National Land Code 1965, were ignored by the owner of the structures.

This one-acre plot of encroached land was being used as a cattle and goat shed, as well as to build a storage cabin and a temple. Notices of encroachment were also sent to the owner of the structures on Nov 13, 2006, Oct 7, 2017 and Jan 9 (this year), to vacate the site but to no avail.

“The encroachment of the lot at Jalan Rembia 2 was found to have affected the smooth-running of the flood mitigation project at Sungai Aur Fasa 5 by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) as well as the construction of Masjid Jamek Cina Muslim by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department,” he told reporters here today.

He added that unlawful intrusion and occupation of government land was an offence under Section 425 of the National Land Code 1965 and the offender could be fined up to RM500,000 or jailed for up to five years, or both, upon conviction.

Mohd Shahrizal, however, said the owner of the temple was granted a one-week deferment beginning today to relocate the structure or risk having it demolished by the relevant enforcement agencies.

He said the state government had previously offered two new breeding sites to the party concerned under the Cattle Breeding Translocation Project in Kuala Langat as well as another plot of land for the temple, also in Kuala Langat.

“The offer was made by the state government in the wake of a series of discussions with the party involved, but they rejected the offer,” he said.

The demolition operation was carried out today by the Klang District and Land Office (PDT) in collaboration with the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), DID Klang, the Klang Veterinary Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Air Selangor Berhad under the watch of the police and about 50 members of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) to prevent any untoward incidents from occurring.

Checks by Bernama found a group of men believed to be linked to the owner of the farm having a confrontation with enforcement officers from the PDT to prevent the demolition works. However, no unwanted incident or fighting occurred throughout the operation.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)