squads to look into backlog of strata title applications in Johor
PENANG Jan 16 - The Land and Cooperative Development Ministry will
send five flying squads, four to Johor and one to Selangor, to help
the Land and Mines offices in the two states to expedite
applications for strata titles and also to investigate land fraud
Its deputy minister, Dr Tan Kee Kwong said the flying squads, each
comprising five officers, would be sent to the two states in April
at the latest.
Compared to Selangor, Johor had many backlogged applications and a
high volume of land transactions, he told reporters after visiting
the Penang Survey and National Mapping Department here Friday.
Dr Tan said Johor had a backlog of 180,000 applications for strata
titles and the number of applications increased every year.
In this respect, he hoped that the flying squads could help officers
in Johor to clear the backlog which was due to among others the
shortage of staff.
On land fraud in Selangor, he said the Cabinet viewed the matter
seriously and wanted immediate action to prevent a repeat of such
He said that when land registration was computerised, several
officers in the District Office had taken the opportunity to feed
false information to the buyers regarding vacant land in the state.
According to information received, four officers believed to be
involved in the scam had been transferred to other departments, he
Dr Tan urged buyers who felt that they had been cheated to report
the matter to the authorities.
Meanwhile, the Penang Survey and National Mapping Department has
introduced an online service to allow the public or land
administrators to conduct a search of land status.
Those interested could open an account with the department for a
payment of RM200 and a password will be issued to the users.
EARLIER, Dr Tan when visiting the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar),
the tallest building in Penang and where government offices and
business premises are located at, told reporters that the building
has yet to receive its strata title although the building has been
occupied for the past 25 years. The building, which is the island's
landmark, had complicated problems, resulting in its failure to
obtain the strata title.
However, he said the State Survey and Mapping Department with
assistance from the State department of Land and Mines were working
hard to prepare all the neccessary documents in order to expedite
the issuance of the title.
Dr Tan said Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon had directed
Komtar's developer, the Penang Development Corporation to speed up
the strata title application.