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Louis Ng on State Lands Protection Bill

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It may not be easy to tell that land is state land, said MP Louis Ng during the debate on the State Lands Protection Bill in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 30). He sought guidance on this and asked if relying on the due diligence of third parties - such as homeowners relying on contractors, or workmen relying on their managers - would be enough to constitute a defence against potential penalties. If someone is issued an encroachment notice, Mr Ng asked if they will be given a reasonable amount of time to raise objections, and how objections will be resolved. He also wanted to know how the authorities will determine if land has been abandoned, and whether they will take active steps to identify such land and recover it as state land.

It may not be easy to tell that land is state land, said MP Louis Ng during the debate on the State Lands Protection Bill in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 30). He sought guidance on this and asked if relying on the due diligence of third parties - such as homeowners relying on contractors, or workmen relying on their managers - would be enough to constitute a defence against potential penalties. If someone is issued an encroachment notice, Mr Ng asked if they will be given a reasonable amount of time to raise objections, and how objections will be resolved. He also wanted to know how the authorities will determine if land has been abandoned, and whether they will take active steps to identify such land and recover it as state land.

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