TANJUNG MALIM: Disgruntled property purchasers of Diamond Creek
Country Retreat say their dreams are now the stuff of nightmares.
Protesting peacefully yesterday, they said the project was launched in 1993
but abandoned in 1996, with 60 per cent of the first phase completed. There
had been no work on other phases.
The purchasers claimed they had invested in properties worth RM150,000 to
They want the project to be revived and properly maintained by developer
Golden Approach Sdn Bhd.
All there was, they said, were 20 completed bungalows, an abandoned
clubhouse, a larvae-ridden swimming pool, a jungle in place of a golf
course, and a half-built equestrian centre.
An orchard was businessman Ronnie Tanís sweet dream. "Now, the plot is
overrun with weeds and creepers, and a haven for wild animals."
Valentine Siva, 66, said: "Some of us are still paying off our bank loans,
but instead of us staying here, itís the wild animals who do. Itís now a
Thomas Thong said: "My father bought five houses here but never enjoyed the
fruits of his investment till the day he died."
Some residents have been slapped with a six-year lump sum maintenance bill,
which they refuse to pay.
"We have to cope with the animals and throw away our own rubbish," said
lecturer Salleh Daim, 42. "They are asking for maintenance fees, but where
is the maintenance?"
An official of the developer said only the directors could comment. However,
attempts to reach them failed.