Enforcement officers start demolition of Klang’s Berkeley Corner

Enforcement officers start pulling down popular Indian restaurant Berkeley Corner in Klang for unlawfully occupying state land.

KLANG: Enforcement officers began tearing down a popular Indian restaurant here on Tuesday night, two years after it lost a legal battle to stop an eviction notice.

The Klang District and Land Office began demolition work at about 10.30pm on Berkeley Corner, located at Taman Berkeley, for unlawfully occupying state land under Section 425 of the National Land Code 1965.

More than 260 people, including enforcement officers, police and Fire and Rescue personnel, were involved in the demolition work, which was expected to end by 2am. Four excavators were sighted at the scene.

The area was cordoned off and no untoward incidents were reported.

Earlier, the owner of the restaurant asked for more time before demolition started. However, the authorities insisted they were following a court order.

The owner was given 10 minutes to vacate the premises. He and several workers were seen removing kitchen utensils and a refrigerator before the electricity supply to the building was cut off.

An excavator pulls down part of Berkeley Corner during the demolition on Tuesday night.

In a statement, the Klang District and Land Office said the demolition was in line with a Shah Alam High Court ruling on July 19 that the restaurant’s management, Kayangan Mentari Sdn Bhd, needed to demolish the structure within a month of the date of the ruling.

The statement said the court also rejected an interim stay application by Kayangan Mentari.

A seven-day reminder notice was issued by the office on Aug 26 to vacate the premise.

It said demolition work had to be carried out by the Klang District and Land Office because of the failure and refusal of the owner to vacate and demolish the structure.

Those involved in the operation included personnel from the Klang Utara district police headquarters, the Klang Municipal Council, the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, the Selangor Land and Mines Office, Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Air Selangor Bhd.

It is understood that the proprietor had filed a civil suit seeking a stay of the demolition order until the restaurant had relocated to a new site.

The suit was initially dismissed by the High Court but it has been brought to the Court of Appeal, which will hear it on Sept 19.

The owner’s lawyer, K Gobinath, said the demolition should not have been carried out pending their stay application.