Almost completed housing
02/10/2005 The Star
THE Government had to stop a housing project for squatter relocation after
it realised that the houses were being built on slime even though more than
85% was completed.
This cost the taxpayers RM1.06mil, which had been paid to the contractor,
National Housing Corporation Berhad (SPNB).
The project which initially cost RM1.26mil was halted after the houses,
priced at RM35,000 each, were found with serious damages and with soil
Geoscience and Mineral Department had verified that the whole 10-acre KTM
Kampar building site was sitting on slime earth (near a tin mine).
Last year, the Finance Ministry ordered SPNB's contract to be terminated and
the houses to be demolished with the costs to be borne by taxpayers, but no
explanation was given.
Out of the 13 housing projects audited, 10 have been completed, two are
still under construction and one abandoned.
But all never met their deadline – some having been delayed by
two-and-a-half months and others by up to almost four years.