PETALING JAYA (March 1): No, you cannot convert space in a multi-storey carpark to food stalls or multi-purpose halls into student hostels without permission from the local authority if you are living in Subang Jaya.

According to a report by Star Online, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) now has its crosshairs zeroed in on apartment building in SS15 that had “converted and repurposed facilities on their property without obtaining the council’s approval”.

MPSJ president Noraini Roslan told the news portal that it was a violation under Section 70 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133).

Noraini said the two notices had already been served to the developer this year and it has also been ordered to give a written explanation for they have done.

“Their response has been verbal so far, saying that they got the approval of their Joint Management Body (JMB) to do this,” she said.

“They said the spaces were not being used anyway, so they are doing this in order to generate enough funds for the building’s maintenance.”

The developer’s actions were highlighted during MPSJ’s monthly full board meeting by councillor Chang Kim Loong, who asked about developments on the case.

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