Volunteer lawyers to
help house buyers
Malay Mail 06/09/2004
Kuala Lumpur: The city's "legal eagles" are
helping aggrieved house buyers with free service yet again.
A group of 15 lawyers, each with 10 years'
experience, is volunteering to help 29 house buyers of the Taman
Fadason housing scheme in Jinjang, Kepong, in an on-going battle
with the scheme's developers at the Home Buyer Claims Tribunal.
The National House Buyers Association of Malaysia
(HBA) has arranged for the lawyers to help aggrieved house buyers
On Aug 14 last year, 12 lawyers helped house
buyers by acting on their behalf when the Kuala Lumpur High Court
heard an application for judicial review by a housing developer,
Puncakdana Sdn Bhd, against the tribunal and 50 buyers.
HBA secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the
developers of the project in Jinjang were seeking a judicial review
of the tribunal's recent decision that they compensate the buyers
for late delivery.
He said: "The financially spent buyers who sought
redress through the Tribunal will be dragged into another legal
battle which they feel is a financial burden.
"Most of them have limited financial resources
having spent most of it acquiring their new homes."
He said the HBA decided to help them as part of
its mission to educate house buyers on their rights, and to protect
them against unfair practises of developers.
"The last thing the buyers want is to be involved
in court cases which result in them spending their prime years
"Buyers should not be made to endure prolonged
suffering," he said.
One of the lawyers, Andy Wong, said: "We are
strong supporters of the HBA and its mission to "Strive For House
"This is why we have come forward to offer our
legal services to the buyers of the housing project in Kepong."
He said that the judicial review hearing will take
place on Sept 29 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.