housebuyers run out of patience
The Sun 07/10/2003
KUALA LUMPUR: After months of waiting, housebuyers are running-out of
patience with the developers of a half-finished apartment project in Taman
Setapak Jaya Baru.
The house buyers signed sale and purchase agreements
with the developer Pancaran Nilai it and its parent company JBT, who
promised to deliver the houses in January this year.
However, work on the 378 -unit apartment project worth
between RM97,000 and RM99,000 has yet to be completed.
"We noticed that work on the project stopped about nine
months ago. At first the developers told us that work has slowed down
because of a shortage of workers, but later they admitted that work has
stopped because they had been employing illegal workers, who had since
been repatriated," said one of the house buyers, accounts manager Vivien ,
Another buyer, accounts clerk Hun Kok Min, 28, said: "We
want priority to be given to completing our homes. The buildings are
barely 50% complete and the workers are still doing concreting. Many of us
took housing loans and are paying rent in addition to the interest on the
loan while waiting for the apartments to be completed".
When contacted, Pancaran Nilai site manager Go Hean Peen
said: "Work is ongoing and about 80% has been completed. We are now
testing the lifts, installing water tanks and , streetlights, and
finishing some minor landscaping work."
"No assurances but if all the contractors turn up and do
their work quickly the project can be completed within three months," he
said when asked about the date of completion.
On the failure to deliver the ,houses by the agreed
date, Go said: "Developers have an obligation to fulfill the S&P (sale and
purchase) requirements but I am just a site manager
JBT general manager Len Min Vong declined to comment on
On the residents' next course of action, Soo said: "We
recently organised a picket and have sent a letter to the Housing and
Local Government Ministry to ask for help. We will wait a few weeks for a