Unlicensed builder under probe
27/01/2007 NST By Neville
Klang: On the surface, the
developer seemed successful and had even developed six housing estates.
But yesterday, his luck ran out
when he was busted by officers from the Ministry of Housing & Local
Government after it was found that he had been operating without a licence
for more than three years.
A team from the ministry's
monitoring and enforcement division raided the developer's premises here
following complaints from house buyers.
"The company had been operating
without approval from the ministry. Their customers reported them after they
became suspicious when some of the housing projects faced problems or were
abandoned," said division director G. Parameswaran.
He said 10 house buyers had
lodged complaints related to the sale and purchase agreements, building
specifications and money collected by the company.
Yesterday's raid was aimed at
gathering evidence such as payment receipts, sale and purchase agreements,
list of customers and the list of company directors.
The operation initially hit a
dead end when no directors or senior management were present on the
However at 11am, a director
showed up after being informed of the raid by one of his staff.
However, his explanation and
documents failed to satisfy the raiding party.
The Company will be blacklisted
with immediate effect while investigations are carried out.