MBKS mayor warns against illegal renovation works on residential properties, vows decisive action

Wee (third left) handing over the letter of appointment for a drainage upgrading project to a contractor on March 12, 2024.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, March 12: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is set to take decisive action and enforcement measures against illegal extensions and renovations on residential properties within its jurisdiction this year.

Issuing this warning, MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng has advised homeowners who intend to undertake renovation or extension works, such as fencing modifications, to submit their drawing plans to get approval from the council beforehand as there are technical specifications, including the height of fencing walls that has to be met.


“Otherwise, it could affect or damage the existing drainage and other basic infrastructure in surrounding the housing area.

“If damaged, the council could actually take action against the homeowners. Such cases are a norm,” he said during a live broadcast on his social media today.

More importantly, Wee emphasised that unauthorised renovations and extensions could not only disrupt the benefits of other residents, but also jeopardise essential approvals such as occupational permit (OP) for property transfer and banking facilities application.

“Furthermore, in the event of an accident like a fire, the insurance company’s investigation for claims will be base on the original house architecture and engineering plan whereby they could deny compensation if the structures do not adhere to council regulations. Please take this into consideration,” he highlighted.

Meanwhile, Wee also handed over seven drainage upgrading projects and one road resurfacing project to contractors.

The drainage upgrading projects are implemented at Taman Riverview Timur Lorong 1B, Lorong Bintawa 1, Lorong Bayur Bukit 4, Lorong Jelutong 4, backlane of BDC Lorong A1C, BDC Lorong F4 and Jalan Tai Shin Jar No. 453C.

Wee also issued a stern warning to contractors, stating that those failing to deliver quality work within project timelines will face blacklisting without payment. — DayakDaily