Office has no power to
The Star 07/10/2006 By K. SUTHAKAR
The Land and Mines Office has no power to prosecute developers for failure
to submit strata title applications within the stipulated time.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah said the Office
only prepares the cases for the prosecution to be undertaken by the State
He was commenting on the 2005 Auditor-General Report that the Office
prosecuted only 13 landowners for failing to submit the applications within
six months after the Certificate of Fitness (CF) was issued for the
Abdul Rashid, who heads the state Religious Affairs, Land Affairs and Land
Development, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives committee, said he
was aware of some problems relating to the enforcement of the Strata Title
He hoped the problems would be resolved on the return of an officer who was
attending a six-month course at the National Institute of Public
He said the state might appoint more staff if there was a shortage of
In the report, the Auditor General rapped the Office for only prosecuting 13
landowners. “This number is too few compared to the many who have yet to
submit the applications.
“The level of enforcement and prosecution is still low and unsatisfactory,”
The report stated that 258 high-rise projects in the state were issued with
CF from 1999 to August 2005.
Of this, it said the office issued notices to 144 landowners who failed to
submit the applications within the stipulated time frame.
“Notices were not sent to the remaining 114 landowners as the Office did not
have their addresses,” the report said.