KUCHING: No individual has a right to claim any road for his or her own use, says Datuk Seri Victor Hii Lu Thian.
The Sarawak Community Policing Association chairman was referring to the situation faced by residents of Royal Richmond Condominium (RRC).
The main entrance to their units at Lorong Stampin Tengah 5E has been blocked with a security guard house and boom gate.
“The residents of RRC are appealing to the authorities for help. The said main entrance is specifically blocked and reserved for only 57 units of landed homes at Shefford View.
“There is no reason for Shefford View residents to reserve the road for exclusive use as this is deemed as privation of public road that legally and rightfully belongs to the Sarawak government.
“The RRC residents are forced to use the back entrance which has created a lot of inconveniences. As it is a public road, it is meant to for the public, particularly owners of properties situated in and around that area.”
Hii disclosed that the RRC residents had a dialogue with members of the association on Sunday (March 14).
“They were reluctant to allow contractors to access Lorong Stampin Tengah 5E during the construction of RRC in which heavy equipment moved in and out of Shefford View.
“However, RRC has now obtained the occupation permit and there are residents occupying the units thus there would no longer be any heavy machinery on the said road.
“It is understood that the Land and Survey Department (JTS) had written to the Shefford View committee to demolish the said guard house and boom gate back in August 2020. However, there was no enforcement by the authorities.”
Hii added that it had been more or less eight months since the issuance of the letter and the RRC residents hoped that JTS would act swiftly.
“The residents are praying for an early end to their predicament.”