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Bungalow plot purchasers want refund back

The Star 28/01/2000

Two purchasers want a developer to refund their downpayments totalling RM30,000 for two bungalow plots in Padang Meha, Kulim, as the project appears to have been abandoned.

One of them, who wanted to be known only as Tan, 38, said she paid the 30% downpayment of RM23,190 to the developer after signing the sale and purchase agreement in 1996.

She claimed that when the project failed to get off after more than two years, she sought a refund but was given the runaround.

Tan then hired a lawyer who sent the developer a demand notice on July 27 last year, following which the developer replied that they would let her know the outcome in due time.

"When I checked the site last month, I saw the place overgrown with wild grass. The project appears to have been abandoned," she told a press conference organised by the state MCA Public Complaints Bureau.

Retired Penang Water Authority employee Choo Siew Yin, 59, said she used her life savings to pay the RM7,000 downpayment last April.

"But when I saw that nothing was done, I tried to get a refund but was unsuccessful," she added.

Bureau chief Ooi Chuan Aik said he would write to the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the developer over the matter.

He urged the purchasers to form a committee so that they could collectively resolve the problem with the developer.

Purchasers can contact Ang Bak Wooi (Tel: 04-2267827/Tel: 04-2267830) at the MCA office here.


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