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Problems facing 70 abandoned projects
27/02/2002 NST By A. Hafiz Yatim

MALACCA, Tues. Problems have been encountered in reviving about 70 abandoned housing projects in the country.

These include failure to attract new developers, problem pertaining to the status of the affected land, and house buyers who could not strike a deal with the new developers.

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Senator Datuk M. Kayveas said there were more than 500 abandoned housing projects nationwide in the past three years.

So far 380 had been revived and 50 had a chance of being revived.

"The remaining 70 are facing problems. "The ministry is prepared to assist the affected house buyers and the new developers, as the Government wants to see the problems resolved," he told reporters at the food charity fair organised by the Agathiar Sanmarga Yoga Centre. The event was organised in conjunction with the procession of Lord Murugan's chariot for the Masimagam festival to the Cheng temple.

Kayveas said if problems could not be solved amicably, the cases could also be brought to court.

He warned of the time-consuming and costly legal process for house buyers and developers.

He was was asked to comment on a New Straits Times report that five house buyers of the abandoned Taman Bukit Tembakau project in Umbai here were instituting legal action against the project's new developer Jejaka Megah Sdn Bhd and government-owned Tabung Perumahan Terbengkalai Sdn Bhd.

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