Move to repossess heritage buildings not a land grab, says Malaysia minister

Move to repossess heritage buildings not a land grab, says Malaysia minister

MALACCA - Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said any move to repossess heritage buildings will be executed fairly, and is far from being a land grab.

He said properties without clear owners, or untraceable owners, will be considered for title status change to Government-owned, with a view of converting some to Malay Customary Land (MCL) status.

Idris noted that reclaiming heritage buildings with superannuated titles requires a lengthy and strenuous process.

"We have yet to have the exact number of heritage buildings without rightful owners, and I have asked the state Land and Mines Department and also the museum to obtain information on the status of these premises," said Idris, who acknowledged that ambiguities existed in the land titles issued by various colonial powers, where some individuals possessed several deeds for the same properties.

 

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