No basis to ‘land grab’ claim, says SUDC
Published on: Saturday, September 07, 2019
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Our report yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu: Claims by the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) of its ownership of 7,200 square feet of land next to SJK (C) Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu is unsubstantiated, Sabah Urban Development Corporation (SUDC) said in a statement, Friday.

The wholly owned subsidiary and property development arm of Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) argued that based on documents obtained from the Lands and Survey Department of Kota Kinabalu on Sept. 3, 2019, the land was acquired by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah on June 29, 1996, for the purpose of developing and expanding the Kota Kinabalu city area.  

It said that on Dec. 3, 1997, a new title was issued to Sedco.

“As such, Sedco reaffirms its ownership of the current title for this piece of land and there is no subdivision or change of ownership. Sedco strongly refutes any allegations of a ‘land grab’ or impropriety involving the said land. 

“Therefore, Sabah Urban Development Corporation (SUDC), the property development arm of Sedco, does not have any obligation to materialise any promises made by the previous developer of the Star City project,” it said.

In the spirit of resolving this matter amicably, SUDC is said to have had a meeting with KKCCCI representatives on Aug. 30, 2019 at Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK). 

According to the statement, all parties at the meeting agreed that KKCCCI will submit documentation to support its claims for review.

“It is unfortunate to learn that KKCCCI had resorted to calling for a press conference to make baseless accusations prior to the submission of these documents,” it added. 

SUDC said that as a responsible corporate citizen, it embraces high safety standards at all its project sites. 

“A security fence has been put up at a safe perimeter around the construction area of the Star City project in order to safeguard passers-by and this is all the more important given the heavily-populated and school area. 

“We urge members of the public to be patient during this construction period as SUDC work cohesively towards a brighter future for the State’s economic landscape,” it said adding that the SUDC is also committed to engaging our stakeholders in a transparent and open manner; resolving issues through dialogue and mutual-respect.

SUDC was responding to news reports about the KKCCCI saying it managed the 7,200 square feet land next to Chung Hwa Primary School and urged the relevant authority to compel a halt to unauthorised construction activities.

Its President Datuk Michael Lui was quoted as saying that he appealed for a Stop Work Order and questioned if there was any application submitted by the contractor with official approval by City Hall for fencing up the land.


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