Frustrated house buyers speak
Georgetown, Sun - They are
innocent victims caught between the failures of an irresponsible developer
and a toothless local government.
Many house buyers of the Taman
Krystal apartment complex's Block C, which has some 260 units, have waited
almost nine years for their homes. Their investment is costing them dearly.
Labourer T. Mohan, 53, is
spending his life savings to pay off the loan for his unit even as he
struggles to pay rent for his current house in Ayer Itam.
J.L. Tan, a clerk, said her
husband bought a unit nine years ago, but has since passed away without ever
seeing his dream home.
Salesman Bhaskar Vora had to find
part-time work because he is finding it difficult to make ends meet for
himself and his family while dealing with monthly loan installments of
The developer, Suasana Kristal
Sdn Bhd, undertook to deliver their new homes within 36 months of signing
the sale and purchase agreement, they said.
The first three blocks of the
complex had received occupational certificates (OCs) from the Penang Island
Municipal Council (MPPP) in phases but this last block was denied OC without
any explanation although it was completed nearly five years ago.
About 50 frustrated buyers
gathered today at the apartment building off Mount Erskine Road to air their
grievances at a Press conference. The units cost between RM140,000 to
RM150,000 each, it was revealed.
"The developer is like a
phantom," said unit buyer Dr Lee Eik Chin. "Why is this last block delayed?
We are waiting too long for our homes."
Lee said buyers had appealed to
state local government committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan many times.
Teng promised to help after
meeting the buyers in December, but later said he was unable to do anything
and could not even arrange a meeting with the developer, Lee said.
"You cannot imagine how
disappointed we are. When we bought this place were full of hope. Now I am
struggling to pay my rent and my loan," Vora lamented.
"Some developers are willing to
meet buyers to sort out problems. But here, we don't know what is