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Six-year wait for CF ends for teacher
05/01/2008 The Malay Mail By Sushma Veera

KUALA LUMPUR: Schoolteacher N. Saradha and other house owners of Taman Cheras Prima can breathe a sigh of relief this new year.

The Kajang Municipal Council has is sued the long-awaited certificate of fit ness for the 700-odd units in the hous ing estate.

Its public relations officer, Shariman Mohd Nor, told Weekend Mail on Wed nesday that the developer had adhered to MPKj’s infrastructure requirements.

“We have forwarded the CFs to the developer’s office. Residents can get in touch with the developer to get them,” said Shariman.

When contacted, Saradha was excited to hear the good news. Weekend Mail last week had highlighted her plight in getting the CF.

Saradha, 40, bought a double-storey link house worth RM187,200 in Taman Cheras Prima in December 2001 and paid a booking fee of RM1,000.

She signed the sale and purchase agreement in January 2002 and the house was expected to be ready in 2004.

Due to delays, the unit was ready a year later and a temporary certificate of fitness was issued to the buyers.

“The MPKj did not issue the CFs due to some sewerage problems,” Saradha had said.

The housing estate, near Balakong, was built by a Puchong-based de veloper. It comprises 360 units of double-storey houses and 208 low me dium-cost units while the rest are shop houses.

Saradha had written to the developer in March 2005, asking them to settle RM19,232.88 due to her as the liquid ated damages.

“They replied my letter saying that they had only wanted to settle 38 per cent of the amount.

“I was not happy with their answer and decided to file a complaint with the housing tribunal in April,” said Saradha, who lives in Sungai Buloh.

Following the tribunal hearing on June 28, 2005, the developer was ordered to settle RM18,515.41 with Saradha within a month, but it failed to comply with the order.

She then filed a case with the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court but was faced with a hurdle, as the case was postponed due to a pending case against the developer at the High Court.

On Nov 16, 2006, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the company to wind up under provisions of the Com panies Act 1965.

Giving up attempts to get her money from the developer, Saradha turned to the National Consumer Complaints Centre with the hope of getting her CF.

The NCCC, in collaboration with Week end Mail, is running a month-long cam paign to compile consumers’ grouses on housing matters.

On how to convey complaints to the NCCC, turn to Hotline on Page 12 for contact numbers and e-mail addresses.


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