Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Land Scamming - An Unending Agony


Land scamming abounds in Malaysia. It is escalating at an alarming rate, giving land owners a lot of sleepless nights.
This burning issue has been brought up for debate for years, but to date there is no light yet at the end of the tunnel.
The Adorna's case in year 2000 (Adorna Properties Sdn. Bhd. vs Boonsom Boonyanit, Federal Court of Malaysia, 13/12/2000) diverted effectively the protection under our legal system from owners to buyers, meaning in such disputes over rightful ownership, land owners stand to lose.
According to Sin Chew Daily yesterday, gone was another piece of land in Selangor worth about RM 40 million.
In a series of bogus transactions, the said land ownership was being transfered away from the rightful owner illegally.
The Adorna set a precedent which would be disadvantageous to the said owner in his courtroom battle to get his land back.
Now there is this market talk that even if you put your land title under lock, your land may still not be safe - and, worse still, the law is very much on the side of the cheats.

4 comments:

sarawakiana said...

This is a sad day indeed.

how many YBs make good laws?

Our YBs are supposed to be law makers...and the dewan is known as Legislature...

If they spend more time to create publicity they would have little time left to dwell seriously on creating new laws to provide better lives for the people.

Why not have a check list of all the good laws made by our YBs? That should be on their report card.

More news on law making too...

What about a new law on illegal video or handphone photo taking?

What's the law on CCTV?

What's the law on individual privacy?

I am so scared to go to a public toilet now.

Tony Hii said...

sarawakiana, this includes our judicial system.

sarawakiana said...

The rule of law.
The separation of powers (legislature-judicial and executive) must be upheld.
But?
We all end up by practising Malaysian style and hope for the best.
We were the first nation in the world to practise opposition within a government. We end up to believe that opposition is a dirty word.
Many believe that there is no antidote for that now. ( moh yue geh)

Tony Hii said...

sarawakiana, with the constitutional amendment during the era of Tun DM, the doctrine of separation of powers has since been clipped off its wings. The execution now prevails above all.