Only 122 Abandoned Housing
Projects Identified, Says Ong
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 (Bernama) -- Only 122 or 1.16 per cent of the
10,553 housing projects approved from 1990 until July this year have
been identified as abandoned, the Dewan Rakyat was told Thursday.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said
the government had taken steps, including amending the Housing
Developers Act to impose tighter conditions for developers, to
overcome the problem.
Since then, the incidence of abandoned housing projects had been
brought under control through monitoring and stricter issuance of
licences which required developers to have a clean record and be
free from abandoned projects and fraud, he said in reply to Wong Nai
Chee (BN-Kota Melaka).
To a supplementary question from Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin (BN-Jerai),
he said the government would blacklist housing development companies
which abandoned projects and refused to abide by the awards of the
housing tribunal on house-buyers claims.
"We will also blacklist the board of directors and are also
considering including the names of the share-holders," he said.
To prevent blacklisted developers from using proxies, the ministry
was looking into making it compulsory for all licences applicants to
sign an undertaking that they had no connection with these errant
developers, he added.
To a supplementary question from Wong on the build-then-sell
concept, Ong said a comprehensive study was needed to ensure ample
supply of low- and medium-cost houses in future.
This was because developers would not build low-cost houses if they
had the capital and strategic locations to build houses that would
bring them bigger profits, he said.
He said a working paper on the concept would be tabled to the
cabinet after discussions between the ministry and the housing
However, as an incentive, developers who implemented the project
would be exempted from obtaining the developer's licence, he added.
Health Ministry parliamentary secretary Lee Kah Choon said special
clinics would be set up in all hospitals to operate after office
hours to reduce the congestion at the emergency department.
This would separate the critical from the non-critical cases and
reduce the burden of doctors at the emergency department, he said,
adding that non-critical patients at the emergency department would
delay treatment of the more serious cases.
Replying to a supplementary question from Dr Juniady Abdul Wahab
(BN-Batu Pahat), he said doctors working after office hours would
get an allowance of RM30 an hour.
To an original question from S. Devamany (BN-Cameron Highland) he
acknowledged that the emergency department faced a shortage of
support staff, especially nurses, during the festive season.
To overcome the problem, rosters would be drawn up to ensure that
there were enough nurses on duty, especially during Hari Raya,
because 80 per cent of nurses in government hospitals were Muslims,