Taman Atlandy residents in Kota Kinabalu have suffered for a year because of the illegal piling carried out by one of their neighbours. PIC BY EDMUND SAMUNTING

RESIDENTS at Taman Atlandy in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, have been suffering for almost a year because of illegal piling by their neighbour.

A man, who wanted to be known only as Tony, said the piling started more than a year ago.

“The piling is affecting more than 20 households nearby as every time it starts, our houses will be jolted.

“My mother-in-law, who is in her 80s, suffers from severe headaches during the piling,” he said.

He added that when it first started she was shocked, thinking it was an earthquake.

Tony said some of the residents had noticed cracks in their houses due to the piling.

“Our house structures are quite old.

“They might not be able to withstand the strong shocks that come from the piling.”

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Kota Kinabalu City Hall Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said it had put a stop to the piling work in a recent operation.

Yeo said the owner had ignored warnings from the authorities and continued with the piling that affected the entire neighbourhood.

“We have given him warnings, but he ignored them.

“Whenever we turned up, the workers stopped the piling but would continue again once we had left.

“Four compounds, RM500 each, and two notices had been issued so far.”

He said there were two approval phases before an owner was given an approval to carry out piling.

Yeo said the work also involved hammer piling, which was cheaper compared with the more favoured micro-piling method.

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