January 7, – 9, 2011
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Leaking and peeling ceil-ings, among other problems, have delayedthe Petaling District Land Oce’s move toits new building at Section U5, Shah Alam.“We’re very dissatised with the new build-ing’s condition,” said Sekinchan assemblymanNg Suee Lim, who inspected it recently.he building, which was completed in2009, is also ill-equipped with lack o securityacilities and inadequate urniture and parking spaces.Ng said the storeroom which would beused to store important documents like landtitles did not have sucient protection againstres and oods.“Te state would be at risk o sufering greatlosses in the event o an accident. Te build-ing’s warranty period ends this month so we’veasked the contractor to x the problems soon-est,” said Ng.o add insult to injury, the lop-sided landtransaction or the oce has already cost thestate millions.Te building’s problem was highlighted bycivil servants to the special select committeeon land and district oces headed by Ng.He added that the contractor was ap- pointed without open tender in 2004 toconstruct the new home or the Petaling District Land Oce and other local depart-ments by the previous administration.“We still don’t understand why the previ-ous administration wanted to move the Petal-ing Land District Oce rom its strategiclocation in Subang Jaya to a remote suburb inShah Alam,” said Ng.He said the move waslikely to inconvenience the public as the new oce isnot easily accessible com- pared to the current oce which is near KM andbus stations.In 2006, the BarisanNasional-led Governmentswapped 1.68ha o landthe Petaling Land DistrictOce is currently occupying in Subang Jayaor the new oce in Shah Alam.Gapurna Builders bore the constructioncost o RM24.6 million or the new oce andits adjacent our housing quarters or seniordistrict ocials in 4.51ha o state land.In return, the developer obtained 1.23hao land at Jalan Kemajuan SS16/1 and 0.45hao Land District Oce quarters along JalanSS19/2 estimated to be worth more than RM100million now.Ng said even thoughthe lands were worth lessin 2004, the manner in which the developer wasappointed and the landswap lacked transparencyand smacked o crony-ism.He added that the select committee on thedistrict and land oces would continue to probe and report their ndings to the StateAssembly.Te controversial deal was rst reportedby English daily
in 2006 and raisedagain in the State Assembly in 2009.Former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mo-hamad Khir oyo had reused to comment onthe issue when contacted by
.Te Social Welare Department has movedinto the new building but the Petaling LandDistrict Oce, Irrigation and Drainage De- partment, and Public Works Department willonly start to move in this month.Tey are expected to start operating in thenew oce in March. Te state may providebuses or taxpayers to reach the new oceuntil the public are amiliar with the newlocation.
Volunteer fre fghters o Taman SriSerdang strike a pose beore theirtraining session. The multi-racialgroup has members ranging romages 18-56.
– Picture by Victor Chong
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