|Light at the end
of tunnel for 1,100 flat buyers
03/10/2002 The Star By Ng Su-Ann
About 1,100 buyers of the stalled Green Garden low-medium cost flats
project in Paya Terubong in Penang may soon be able to move into
their respective units as the Certificate of Occupancy is expected
to be issued in two weeks.
Housebuyer P.K. Ng, 67, said she had received a letter from the
developer stating that vacant possession had been issued and the
buyers would receive their keys after making the final payment of
She said when she called up the developer, she was told that the OC
was expected in two weeks and the buyers could probably move in next
“I am so excited as I have been waiting for 28 years to move into my
dream home,” she said in an interview yesterday.
Ng said she had applied for a low-medium cost flat since 1974 and
was looking forward to a new home after being a tenant all this
When the state housing department finally offered her a unit in the
Green Garden project in 1996, her joy was short-lived as the project
was stalled halfway due to the economic slowdown.
Under the sales and purchase agreement, the developer had three
years to complete construction of the two blocks of low-medium cost
flats before the authorities would build a two-carriageway road in
front of the flats.
As compensation for the delay, the developer had agreed to throw in
some “extras” such as providing grille doors and tiled flooring for
When contacted, Paya Terubong assemblyman Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun said
he was aware about the new development at Green Garden.
Said Dr Loh: “I will ensure that the developer’s application for
partial OC will be considered based on humanitarian grounds.
“I understand that many of the buyers have being greatly
inconvenienced by the project’s delay and are eager to move into