Abandoned houses in Jalan Amoy in danger of collapsing

The abandoned house with damaged cables

By S. Harrish

THE Sibu Municipal Council has been urged to take urgent action on three dilapidated houses in Jalan Amoy.

Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang said the houses have been abandoned for a long time and after the recent heavy rains, they were in danger of collapsing.

She said it was worried that this may cause other connected wooden houses to be pulled down together with them.

“If that happens, the overhead electricity and telephone cables would also be dragged down, posing a danger to other houses and residents.”

One of the houses still have electricity supply but its cables are damaged.

Because of this risk and danger, even though the owner has not been located, Chang said SESCO should disconnect power supply to prevent any untoward incidents.

“Any fire would be disastrous as the rows of houses at Jalan Amoy are wooden houses and it would be an unimaginable disaster to the lives and livelihood of the people staying there.”

Chang said in statement that SMC should take immediate action to look for the owners of the abandoned houses and order them to be either repaired or demolished as they are in such a condition that no person can live there safely.

“The continued existence of these houses is no longer just unsightly but also dangerous to the neighbours and others staying along the same road.”

She added that SMC also had the authority to seek a court order for the demolition of houses unfit for habitation under section 114 of the Local Authorities Ordinance 1996.