Illegal dumping issue handled by multiple agencies

Azlan Othman

Action against illegal dumping has been taken by various agencies including the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) at the Ministry of Development according to Section 12 (Cleanliness in Public Places and Unauthorised Dumping) of the Minor Offences Act under Chapter 30, said Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar.

Offences in Section 32 of the Land Code stipulates that such an offence can lead to a fine of up to BND2,000 for the first offence and BND3,000 for subsequent offence or one-year imprisonment or both. For trespassing on government land, it is an offence under Section 21 of the Minor Offences Act with penalty of up to BND1,000 fine. But the offence cannot be compounded and settled in court.

It is different from illegal dumping which can be compounded up to BND500, under Section 12 of the Minor Offences Act. The enforcement is regularly made by JASTRE.

The minister was responding to query by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman on illegal dumping of rubbish on government land and action being taken by JASTRe.

He asked why no action is taken under the Land Code as it encroaches on government land.

Regarding transfer of land and buying of land owned by Malays to developers, the minister said the ministry has no objection to land transfer from the developer that uses the power of attorney, provided there is a development agreement with the land owner. On land owners who have passed away, the Land Department requires heirs’ matters to be settled first before they are dealt with on a case-to-case basis.

Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar. PHOTO: INFOFOTO