Buyer: My wife died of heartache
The Star 15/01/2001
A 64-year-old housebuyer whose wife died of heartache before she could
see their 'dream house', burst into tears during a Taman Terubong Indah
(Majestic Heights) dialogue session yesterday.
Pensioner O.T. Goh said his wife had succumbed to pressure after they
failed to meet the housing loan instalments and died of heartache last
"She will never have the chance to step foot into our dream house,
which has yet to materialise.
"After her death, I have been having sleepless nights worrying about
who will take care of my 24-year-old son who is a polio victim,'' he said,
wiping his eyes.
He said he had, through sweat and tears, booked the house for his
family, including two other sons, but instead met with disappointment.
Goh also hit out at the authorities which he claimed were "all talk and
He was among some 500 housebuyers who attended the dialogue session at
Han Chiang High School here.
Earlier, Ad-hoc Committee for Taman Terubong Indah Phase I Purchasers
adviser S.L. Chang announced that the State government agreed to set up a
"high powered central committee'' to monitor the development of the
stalled housing project.
He said the proposal for the central committee was among the
seven-point request submitted to Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon
during a three-hour meeting on Saturday.
"The committee, comprising government heads, is vital to ensure that
the new contractor keeps his promise in completing the project.
"Poor or rich, the housebuyers have suffered enough. The only party
making money out of this are the banks,'' he said.
Ad-hoc committee chairman Lim Beng Hong said they also urged the state
government to look into the financial background of the new contractor.
He claimed that the company had currently a paid-up capital of only
about RM250,000 and was dormant for the past six years.
Lim said Dr Koh had also agreed to look into the other six points which
included ensuring the safety of the building structures.
"We have found many sink holes near the site and fear that there may be
underground water streams beneath our buildings. "We certainly don't want
to experience a tragedy like the one involving Highland Towers,'' he said.
He said Dr Koh had assured that the "high powered'' committee would be
formed by Feb 4 as the legal action to wind up the developer is scheduled
on Feb 5.
"We will follow this committee's advice even if it asks us to withdraw
the legal action.
Present were Bayan Baru MP Wong Kam Hoong and Paya Terubong assemblyman
Dr Loh Hock Hun.