Set up ombudsman to probe
delays, says HBA
The Star 21/1/2006
KUALA LUMPUR: An independent ombudsman should be set up to investigate
delays by the Insolvency Department in tackling outstanding issues.
National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong,
who made the call, said the proposed ombudsman should investigate and make
recommendations to do away with redundant practices and to streamline and
On Monday, Court of Appeal judge Justice Gopal Sri Ram ticked off the
Insolvency Department after its representative failed to appear in court for
an appeal case filed three years ago.
Chang, who lauded the move by Justice Sri Ram, said it was time the
department woke up and act on impending matters as the day-to-day lives of
the public were affected when the developer wound up.
Citing an example, he said if a developer of an apartment complex was wound
up by court, the buyers were left in the lurch as they would face management
and maintenance problems, including rubbish disposal and prohibition of sale
transaction and refinancing of property, until the department took over the
affairs of the defunct company.
“HBA is a non-profit organisation manned by professional volunteers who
contribute their time to help house buyers and stratified property owners.
“If volunteers can offer their services for free, the public servants in
that position should do the job they are paid for and not shun their
responsibilities,” he said yesterday.