GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) followed procedures before bringing down an illegal extension of a septuagenarian's house that became an issue after Parti Keadilan Rakyat's de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim intervened.
The structure at the house in Lengkok Sungai Gelugor was demolished last week, drawing a rebuke from Anwar.
MPPP Building Department spokesman said the 72-year-old house owner was given ample time to remove the structure following complaints from neighbours.
He said: "We gave her more than a year to remove the illegal extension of the porch that stretched to the boundary of a neighbouring house."
"She asked for a grace period to remove the structure on her own. However, she failed to do so."
The spokesman was commenting on Anwar's statement that he would make sure the councillor responsible for the demolition was not re-nominated for another term if the person was a party member.
Anwar, who was in Penang yesterday, said the councillor was insensitive to grassroot problems.
It was reported a MPPP enforcement team pulled down the illegal structure of without prior notice.
The spokesman said the enforcement team only removed it, leaving the original structure untouched.