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.