Residents of Ampang neighbourhood want intervention in 30-year struggle for land titles

MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING


AMPANG: Residents of Taman Kelab Ukay in Bukit Antarabangsa here are pleading with Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to intervene in a land title issue which has gone unresolved for over 30 years.

The residents say that Azmin, who is also the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, should be able to take action to help them obtain individual land titles from the land’s developer.

Taman Kelab Ukay’s Residents' Association (Takura) president, Syed Zulkifli Syed Masir, said that the outstanding issue was first brought to Azmin in 2014, during his first term as Menteri Besar.

"We have tried to arrange a meeting with the developer to discuss the matter, but it seems that they are not giving us their cooperation.

"We have also brought the matter to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and other relevant authorities, but all our efforts have been to no avail.

"We do not know who else we can turn to, except for the Menteri Besar. We believe he has the authority to take action against the developer and speed up the process for us to gain our land titles," Syed Zulkifli said.

He added that after Takura reported to authorities that no applications for sub-division of the land was submitted last year, the developer was instructed to pay a RM12 million premium to the district Land and Mines Office by May 17, this year.

"The deadline, however, has been extended to July. We fear that the developer will not comply with the order and that the issue may continue for many more years.

"We are getting older. Some of us have even died, and yet we are still denied our land titles," Syed Zulkifli said, adding that once the premium is paid by the developer, the Land Office would be able to register individual land titles for residents.

There are 447 homes in Taman Kelab Ukay, comprising various types of residences, including bungalows, semi-detached houses, terrace houses and apartment units.