Long wait nears end
31/03/2007 The Star
BUYERS of the abandoned Taman Widuri housing project in Nibong Tebal, Penang,
can heave a sigh of relief as the nine-year wait for their houses will
finally be over.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah said the project would be
completed by August and residents could move in once the certificate of
fitness was issued.
“The National Housing Corporation (SPNB) took over the project at the end of
2005 and RM31.7mil was spent to complete it,” he said after visiting the
Abdul Rashid said when SPNB took over the project, various segments of the
project comprising 638 low-cost units, 50 low medium-cost shophouses, 490
medium-cost units and 137 double-storey terrace medium-cost houses were
between 45% and 80% complete.
“Currently, the piping for the sewerage needs to be repaired and the road
needs to be built,” he said.
He added that 1,283 units out of the total 1,315 units had already been sold
when SPNB took over the project.
Although the housing project was not ready yet, 14 families moved in about
three years ago.
The very first resident to move in, Rosli Othman, 42, said the buyers
obtained their keys in 1999 but the houses did not have the certificate of
“There were no roads or street lamps. It was a jungle out here and there
were also lots of snakes. I had to move in because I had to service my bank
“I could not afford to service the bank loan and rent another house at the
same time,” he said.
Rosli said he had to apply for electricity and water when he first moved in.
“A few months later, the other residents moved in.”
Nursimah Ahmad, 44, who also moved in earlier, said there were no roads and
the bicycle tyres of her children would wear off often because of the uneven
“When we moved in, the pipes, basins and electrical wires were missing. We
had to fork out our own money to get them so that we could stay in the
house,” she said.