Uh-oh! Developers better be careful not to cause any damage to public roads in Malaysia because you could be slapped with a very hefty fine!
Dewan Rakyat has officially passed amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 that would see hefty fines for those who damage public roads.
The amendments were passed during a session in the Dewan Rakyat on October 16.
The amendment under Section 39 increases the current fine of RM1,000 to RM100,000 for the offence of damaging public roads, pedestrian pathways, five-foot ways, or other property of the local authorities.
However, it will only apply to developers and utility companies which cause the damage!
According to FMT, the Act can be gazetted by state governments for use on roads under the purview of the Public Works Department (JKR), rural and state roads. The Act only covers offences committed on the streets under the jurisdiction of the local authorities.
Source: Asia One
Local authorities are any city council, municipal council, town council, town board, local council, rural board, or similar local authority.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said,
“The Ministry had a meeting of the National Council for Local Government which was attended by the relevant State Executive Councillors and they agreed to adopt this amendment with regard to their respective local authorities.
“I think that with their agreement at the meeting, they will gazette the Act in the respective State and local authorities under which come to JKR, rural and state roads.”
She added the offence of taking up space on the pavement without written permission from the local or other lawful authorities was increased to RM50,000. Previously, the fine for the offence was a mere RM500.
“They will have to get written consent before carrying out any works that could affect such properties belonging to the local councils.”
Hopefully, this would lessen potholes on the roads! Developers, please take note ya!