GASB FINED RM30,000 OR THREE-YEAR JAIL FOR CLEARING BUKIT RELAU

12 Jul 2013 11:19

GEORGE TOWN, July 11 (Bernama) -- Housing developer, General Accomplishment Sdn Bhd (GASB) was fined RM30,000, in default three years' jail, by the Sessions Court here for carrying out earth works around Bukit Relau, here without written permission from the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP).

Judge Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim made the decision after taking into consideration public interest as well as environmental factors and the effects on the ecosystem as a result of the tree felling activities in the areas around the hill.

GASB was represented by its general manager, Rohana Shariff who pleaded guilty to the charge and understood the decision made by the court.

Earlier in the proceedings today, GASB was accused of carrying out earth works on lot 11396, Mukim 13 that is around Bukit Relau between April 24 and May 8, 2013, with permission from MPPP.

The company had committed an offence under Section 70A (1) of the Road, Drainage and Building Act 1974 and punishable under Section 70A (9) of the same act which provides for a jail term of not more than five years or a fine of up to RM50,000 or both upon conviction.

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The housing development company was represented by defence counsel Ang Chun Pun from C.P Ang & Associate, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Asyikin Mokhtar appeared for the prosecution.

In early June, MPPP had disclosed the identity of the landowner around Bukit Relau, namely GASB and Boon Siew Sdn Bhd (BSSB), but BSSB clarified in a statement that the company was not involved in the tree felling around the hill.

The disclosure was made after a local newspaper reported that there had been earth movements on the hill at a height of 250 feet above sea level as a result of tree felling on the hillslopes whose gradient exceeded 25 degrees.

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