Residents duped by developer
over quit rent
KUALA LUMPUR: For the past 23 years, residents of Taman Mawar, Cheras,
thought they had been paying their quit rent.
In 1985, sale and purchase agreements were signed for 329 houses within the
area with the quit rent to be paid to the state land office through the
developer, Musytari Development Sdn Bhd.
However, 11 years of trust and faithful payments came to a screeching halt
when residents were slapped with warning letters from the state land office
for arrears amounting to RM318,000.
In the uproar that followed, the land office claimed that it had not
received the yearly quit rent since the agreements were signed.
Checks revealed that Musytari Development had been liquidated and the
residents' money had disappeared along with the individuals responsible for
making the yearly payments.
Member of parliament for Pandan, Datuk Ong Tee Keat, who is also the deputy
minister of higher education, said the issue had raised another important
dimension -- the absence of individual titles for the 329 properties within
the Taman Mawar area.
Over the years, the developer had failed to subdivide the master title in
which the properties were grouped under.
Due to this negligence, many residents were beset with complications when
they tried to sell their property as they were not able to produce a land
Ong said it would not be wise for residents to leave the issue unresolved as
the situation would get increasingly complicated as more transactions were
made as separate agreements without the legality of a land title.
"Many of those involved do not realise the importance of rectifying the
mistake and settling the arrears owed to the land office.
"The land office can take action against them if the arrears are not
cleared," he said.
Ong advised the property owners to write to the state land department
requesting a waiver for the quit rent arrears.