More than 30,000 homeowners who have illegally extended or renovated their homes in Subang Jaya can escape heavy fines if they submit their plans to the council and pay a flat rate of RM500. I understand that this amnesty period is exteneded to other local and city councils in the whole of Selangor. But I just want to focus on our community only.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is giving homeowners a one-year grace period, from March 1, to submit their renovation plans.

This means those who had not submitted renovations plans to the council are exempted from the penalty, which is 10 times the processing fee.

Property owners would still have to pay the plan processing fee, which could range from RM100 to RM1,000 depending on the extension, and compound arrears.

In a statement, Bandar Puteri 8 Residents Association (BP8RA) and Rukun Tetangga chairman Datuk Samson Maman said, “A programme I initiated in 2013 with Puchong MP Gobind Singh, councillor Chang Kim Loong and with the assistance of councillor Steven Chin, council building department director Mohd Ariffuddin Kamari and town planning director Ismail Muhamad as well as my participating 80 residents has finally borne fruit today.