Saturday August 11, 2012
Sentul Murni has land title to develop Kampung Chubadak Tambahan
By CHOONG MEK ZHIN
AMIDST the land claims of villagers in Kampung Chubadak Tambahan, developer Sentul Murni Sdn Bhd has declared that they are the rightful owners of the 20.23ha of land meant for the Bandar Sentul Utama township.
The company was responding to a story in StarMetro, “Settlers unhappy with constant development in village” that was published on Aug 1.
“We have the title for the land. If any of the land rights claims were true, we would not have been given a land title to develop the area,” said Sentul Murni Sdn Bhd project director Mohd Zainudin Badarudin.
He said the township was approved in 1993 under the previous developer.
Parent company Melati Ehsan Group took over Sentul Murni in 2006 through a Special Purpose Vehicle process after the project was abandoned for 12 years.
“At that time, the four-block Sentul Utama Condominium project was only partially completed, leaving 648 buyers stranded.
“We stepped in to revive and finish the project,” said Zainudin.
“There were two other court cases not mentioned by the villagers.
“One was in 1996 where it was decided that the land was no longer considered a Malay Reserve Land.
“In the second case, it was decided that the land ownership transfer to Sentul Murni was legal,” he said.
He added that based on the most recent census done by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in the area in 2006, there were only 419 families living in the area earmarked for the project.
Each family was eligible for a unit at the low-cost flats and relocation would be done in phases.
“We have relocated 143 families who were directly affected by the Sentul Utama project. We hope to relocate the rest as we develop the land,” he said.
A look at the original township plan from 1993 revealed that future plans for Bandar Sentul Utama will include People’s Public Housing, a school, a commercial area and a few residential high-rise buildings.
One of the residential project in the proposed township is Bayu Sentul, which will be developed by Arus Embun Sdn Bhd.
Sentul Murni and Arus Embun are subsidiaries of Melati Ehsan Group.
He added that the company had lodged many police reports about the various disturbances and property damage they have faced over the years carrying out building work for the township project.