of stalled project seek minister's help
PETALING JAYA: Buyers of the abandoned Lembah Beringin housing
project want to meet Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk
Seri Ong Ka Ting to find a way to get their money back.
In a letter to the minister, Lembah Beringin House Buyers Pro Tem
Committee chairman Gevanantham Marimuthu said previous meetings
chaired by Deputy Minister Datuk Peter Chin were not carried out in
the interest of the house buyers "but more the developer at the
expense of the buyers".
"Our contract will be statute barred by March 2004 under the
Limitation Act, after which we will be un-able to enforce our rights
under the contract. We've been advised to take legal action but few
buyers can afford that option," Gevanantham said.
He said the house buyers are turning to the minister as a last
resort be-fore they take the matter to the higher authorities.
Previously, the committee and the House Buyers Association called on
the ministry to wind up Lembah Beringin Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of
Land & General Bhd, for abandoning the housing project.
In response, Chin said on Oct18 the ministry wants to revive the
project and will only use its-powers to wind up the developer as a
According to Chin, the ministry had appointed Syarikat Perumahan
Negara to study the feasibility of re-vitalising the project.
Gevanantham said the buyers do not support the proposal as they are
no longer interested in the project.
Launched in 1996, the project, comprising some 900 housing units,
was due to be ready in 1998. About 70% of the units were sold before
the project was stalled during the 1997 financial crisis.