Not in buyers' best interest ,says
KUALA LUMPUR: The House Buyers Association (HBA) is concerned over
potential abuses arising from architects being empowered to issue
Its secretary general, Chang Kim Loong, said yesterday that doing
away with the Certificate of Fitness requirements by the'
local authorlties may not be in the best interest of the public.
He said there have been many complaints from house buyers on
fraudulent certification by architects even with the
check-and-balance of local authorities.
"If architects are given absolute control to self-certify the
fitness of buildings they may to act without anyone watching over
He said it is not enough to penalize architects who make false
"The damage suffered by house buyers would far exceed the penalty.
All we are seeking is a house that is fit to occupy."
The association's central committee member, Brig Gen (Rtd) Datuk Goh
Seng Toh, said house buyers will be even less protected if absolute
reliance is given to professionals.
"We represent buyers at large and at the end of the day, we the
recipients of the product.
"We should also not forget that most architects are under the
payroll of developers. There fore, some level of bias can be