State govt cuts water, power supply to ex-chieftain’s house

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SEREMBAN: The Negeri Sembilan government has cut the water and electricity supply to Balai Undang Luak Johol, the official residence of the Johol Undang (chieftain), after the former chieftain, Mohd Jan Abdul Ghani, refused to vacate the premises following his sacking last year.

Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan said he regretted that the state government had to take such extreme action.

“I hope they (family members of the former Undang) understand. They are preventing a civil servant from performing his duties as the Balai Undang Luak Johol is government property,” he said at a press conference at Wisma Negeri here today.

Mohamad said living in government premises illegally was an offence and punishable under the Penal Code.

The state government had earlier issued a notice to vacate the premises to Mohd Jan, who was sacked on March 27 last year for allegedly committing 13 offences involving misconduct and breaching customs.

He was replaced by Muhammad Abdullah, who was previously the Baginda Tan Mas (Deputy Undang of Johol).

Muhammad’s appointment as the new Johol Undang was approved by the Dewan Keadilan dan Undang Negeri Sembilan on Oct 7 last year, and he appeared before the ruler of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir for his appointment on Dec 15 last year.

On another development, Mohamad said the state government had given approval for the Seremban Municipal Council (MPS) to relocate its headquarters.

“It’s time MPS moved to its new office to provide better service and convenience to the public. This also takes into account the merger of MPS and the Nilai Municipal Council,” he said.