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Activist call gov to gazette open space August 3, 2007

Posted by wong jimmy in Open Space.
On Sept 15, 2005Natural Justice Group (NJG) urged the Government to check whether the directive released a few years back to identify and gazette open space and green lungs in the state had been implemented.
NJG Chairman Jimmy Wong said the government had announced its seriousness in preserving open space and green lungs, but questioned whether it had been done.
“It was announced in 2003, and if it had been done, the approval for commercial development in Sabindo open space would not had taken place,” he said.
According to Jimmy at that time when the government announced the matter, abuse on open space was serious.
“Nationwide, there is only 18 percent of open space gazette and we hope the government could do a review on the state’s open space,” he said.
Touching on the Open space at Sabindo which had came under the Tawau community attention, he said under the by-law, a minimum10 percent is allocated for open space but in the case of Sabindo, the 10 percent open space had been approved for commercial development.   
“The open space in Sabindo is meant for car park. It had been taken away, but none had been provided back,” he said referring to the car park.
He said unscrupulous developers should not be compensate and urged the government to ensure tax payers money is not easily abused.
Jimmy questioned whether this is a new way of making fast money (get a contract approved then ask for compensation when project is stopped) by getting an approval to developed an area that should not get an approval and then claim for compensation when asked to stop.
He said the financial standing of the state government is bad and could not afford to pay compensation for a project that should not had taken place or get approval in the first place.
“People have the same nightmare again as cancellation of a project may end up with big compensation to other party that might be profitable to them,” he said.
“Only a few years ago, Sabah Port Authority have given a contract to a stevedore and later revoked it and had to pay about RM60 million for the mistake,” he said giving an example.
“We hope for a permanent stop to all this abuse, a stop to all this unscrupulous developers. The State government cancellation to this project is not enough as according to our information there are many that are already approved recently by the ministry,” he said.
He said similar projects are already coming into residential areas and that NJG is only pointing out that there are many more projects coming.
“Tawau Municipal Council have totally lost control of its open space and the cabinet must know,” he said adding that the cabinet should review and gazette all the open spaces if it is serious in preserving them.
After learning that the Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Hj Noor had announced for an immediate stop to the project yesterday morning, Jimmy who was speaking to reporters near the project site with the piling work still on at 11am said the developer should take the order to stop honorably, clean up the site and return back the trees that were cut and the status quo.


1. Gabriel - September 25, 2012

Thanks for sharing such crucial information and in fact, i did know the case of sabindo which I am agreed with your argument. Anyhow, can i know where the source comes from that on this particular statement? “Nationwide, there is only 18 percent of open space gazette and we hope the government could do a review on the state’s open space,”

wong jimmy - October 24, 2012

Source was published in newspapers

chester - October 25, 2012

Thanks for quick reply. Can i know when was the newspaper? if can get a link to the source, then it will be preferable.

wong jimmy - November 14, 2012

It was published before 2005 if I am not mistaken.

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