Buyers kept guessing on second
28/10/2003 The Sun By Arion Yeow
Petaling Jaya: It should have
been a case of once bitten twice shy, but the Housing and Local Government
hasn't heard the saying. Now, it has to justify its decision to renew the
licence of a housing developer which had abandoned a project, then having
the development stall again.
However, the ministry denies
that it was negligent in safeguarding the interests of Sentul Indah house
buyers, the housing project that was abandoned twice.
Its deputy minister Datuk Peter
Chin Fah Kui defended its decision to renew the licence. "The ministry
takes steps to ensure that there are enough grounds to renew a developer's
licence when reviving a project. Obviously the ministry must have found
sufficient reason to change its position and re-license the developer."
"I know the issue, we have had
many meetings with the developer to resolve the problem," he told The
The project by Homeng Realty
Sdn Bhd comprising 374 apartment units and 19 shoplot units was first
launched in 1997 and sold to 102 house buyers.
It was due for completion in
December 1999 but classified abandoned in 2000.
At a meeting chaired by the
ministry's director of observation and and enforcement division Tomadan
Johari on Jan 22, 2002, the house buyers were assured that their money
would be returned and the developer's licence would not be renewed.
However, at another meeting
chaired by observation and enforcement division representative Yong Ai Lin
on Nov 21, 2002, the ministry told the house buyers that the developer's
licence has been renewed and the developer has been instructed to refund
their money in January 2003.
To date, the house buyers have
not received their money although the project was re-launched last year
and property was sold to 42 new house buyers.
Currently, there is no work in
progress at the site of the project, due to be completed in December 2005.
Asked for a time-frame for a
decision on the issue, Chin said: " I cannot give a date now, we need to
meet up with the developer to resolve it."
On why the ministry renewed the
licence of the developer, he said, "I cannot disclose the details in the
When contacted, Homeng Realty
director Toh Ah Leong said the project is not abandoned and is currently
awaiting a price quotation from the contractor.