MPAJ Not Liable For Collapse Of Highland Towers - Court
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- The Federal Court on Friday held that the Ampang Municipal Council (MPAJ) is not liable for losses suffered by 73 residents of two blocks of Highland Towers condominium who had to evacuate after the collapse of block one 13 years ago killing 48 people.
A three-member panel of judges presided by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong, Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamed and Datuk Arifin Zakaria ruled that MPAJ were not liable for the pre-collapse and post collapse of block one.
The quorum unanimously ruled that local authorities such as MPAJ were given full immunity under Section 95 (2) of the Street, Drainage & Building Act 1974 (Act 133) from claims for pre-collapse period.
The court today unanimously allowed MPAJ's appeal to set aside the Court of Appeal's decision holding MPAJ 15 per cent responsible for pre-collapse of the block one condominium.
President of the Highland Towers Owners and Residence Association Dr Benjamin George said they were saddened by the Federal Court's decision.
"It is the end of the line and we accept the decision. We're surprised (by the decision). We have to accept the final verdict," he said.
When asked whether the residents would pursue the other suits, he said the residents have yet to decide whether to pursue with the suits or end it.
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