Century-old Malay settlement board loses control over Kampung Baru

Kampung Baru has its origins in the Malay Agricultural Settlement formed in 1897.

KUALA LUMPUR: The management board of the Malay Agricultural Settlement, established in 1897, no longer has a role in seeing to land administration management and town planning matters in Kampung Baru, a federal government agency announced today.

The Kampung Baru Development Corporation said in a statement that the decision was made after Sultan of Selangor, Sharafuddin Idris Shah gave his approval on Dec 2, 2019, taking into account the views of the Attorney-General’s Chambers regarding the status of the board, as well as a letter from the Federal Territories Minister’s Office dated Feb 13, 2020.

“Any matter relating to the MAS Board status has been submitted to the Federal Territories Ministry for settlement under the current law.

“Kampung Baru land administration is fully implemented by the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Land and Mines Office and not under MAS as stipulated in subsection 5 (1) Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1973 (Act A206),” the statement said.

Rules formulated by the board must be abolished as the board no longer has any function as most of its land has been transferred while those remaining were just waiting to be acquired.

“Matters pertaining to Kampung Baru town planning and management are under Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s jurisdiction, as provided for under the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982, the Kuala Lumpur City Act 1973, the Local Government Act 1976 and the Street, Drainage and Buildings Act 1974.

“The MAS Board can no longer be involved in municipal management including the issuance of hawker permits, parking fee collection, advertising space rentals and other development controls,” the statement said.

In addition, the MAS Board will no longer be allowed to issue approval of development orders, building plans, engineering plans, building and land work permits, public road closures and building occupation permits.

The corporation said it would welcome the MAS Board’s participation as a non-governmental organisation or consulting firm in assisting with settlement over inheritance of property and land issues faced by Kampung Baru folks.

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