The Law On Land Acquisition


The Federal Constitution provides that ‘no person shall be deprived of property save in accordance with law’; and ‘no law shall provide for the compulsory acquisition or use of property without adequate compensation’. It is therefore imperative for landowners to understand that their rights are well protected and to be adequately compensated in the event of compulsory acquisition. The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Act 2016 which came into force on 1 December 2017 aims to improve the existing land acquisition procedures in Malaysia. The amendments cover, amongst others, the acquisition of underground land, acquisition of strata title properties, temporary occupation or use of land under the town and country planning laws, compensation etc. ‘The Law on Land Acquisition’ sets out the underlying legal jurisprudence of compulsory land acquisition in Malaysia and the procedural pre-requisites in light of the latest amendment. The book also highlights landmark decisions to reflect the evolving nature of the law in this area. The chapters included in this book, amongst others, covers Enquiry Procedure, Payment of Compensation, Principles for Determination of Compensation, Challenge against Land Acquisition Exercise, Temporary Occupation or Use of Land, etc.


About The Author

  • Su Tiang Joo is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court in Malaya. He has more than 30 years of experience in civil litigation and dispute resolution particularly in land based disputes. He is the lead counsel in a number of land acquisition cases such as those involving highways e.g. LDP, Kerinchi Link, LEKAS, SILK, AKLEH and the MRT project. He is also the contributing author for the Malaysian chapter for the book “Litigation & Dispute Resolution – First Edition” published by Global Legal Group Ltd (UK) in 2012 as well as the Malaysian chapter for the book “The Dispute Resolution Review – 6th Edition” published by Law Business Research Ltd (UK) in 2014. Mr Su is the former Vice-Chairman of the Special Areas and Law Reform Committee of the Malaysian Bar and a former board member of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board.
  • Pang Kong Leng is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court in Malaya. He studied law at the University of Malaya and was called to the Bar in 1996. He has been practising law for the past 20 years in the areas of corporate, commercial and civil disputes. He is also the author of the book “Legal Guide to Civil Appeals Malaysia” published by CCH Asia Pte Ltd in 2005.