Precinct 11 housing project at
08/05/2008 The Star By Geetha
FAILED projects are the bane of any modern city and a planned enclave like
the nation’s administration centre Putrajaya has not been spared the
The fiasco of the stalled housing project at Precinct 11 has been kept under
wraps for two years to protect the Putrajaya image but the disappointed and
disgruntled buyers are not prepared to suffer in silence.
Eyesore: The signboard outside the stalled project.
A group of them met with StarMetro recently and divulged some pertinent
details of the mixed-development project.
The project comprises the Garden Resort and Amber Homes double-storey link
houses, Citrine semi-detached houses, Saujana Aster condominium and shop
offices, all priced at between RM165,500 and RM882,996. There are also
double-storey and two-and-a-half-storey houses for civil servants.
According to a Garden Resort buyer who asked not to be identified, the
buyers are getting the raw end of the deal owing to a dispute between
Peremba Jaya Sdn Bhd and Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd (PJH).
“The bulk of the project was originally given to Arif Cerah Sdn Bhd, a
company under Peremba, but Arif Cerah got into financial difficulties and
the work stalled in 2005,” the buyer said.
Bright spot: The completed playground sticks out like a sore thumb amidst
the stalled project.
“We heard that PJH then terminated the contract with Arif Cerah due to the
delay and we are caught in a bind as a result. We have already invested a
substantial amount of money and have been servicing our loans since the
project stalled,” he said.
According to Amber Homes buyer Stanley Ng, the sales and purchase agreement
was signed in 2003 and delivery was promised in 2005.
Ng said he had received a letter from the developer in September last year
promising delivery this month.
“How can my house be ready when I have gone to the site and seen that the
construction work is about 45% complete? The infrastructure is also
incomplete,” said Ng, who booked a RM293,000 double-storey link house.
Amber Homes buyer Mawina Mat Aris said she learnt that Arif Cerah was to
have surrendered the land title to PJH on April 30 for work to resume under
the responsibility of PJH but the arrangement only applied to the government
Ugly sight: Fallen hoarding only adds to the unsightly image.
“Why the discrimination? We are already being victimised through late
delivery and do not know if any party will fulfil its obligation to
compensate us,” she said.
Mawina said that the bank where she obtained her loan had already released
more than RM100,000 for her house, and she was also paying a RM700 monthly
instalment to the bank. The buyers also said that work on the government
units had resumed but the other houses remained untouched.
StarMetro visited the site yesterday and found that while some of the houses
were nearing completion, most were left partially completed. Untrimmed grass
added to the ugly picture.
According to statistics obtained from sources, 23 of the 26 Garden Resort
houses offered for sale have been sold, 104 of the 114 units of Saujana
Aster Condominium were sold, 72 of the 97 Amber Homes houses were sold and
12 of the 22 Citrine houses were sold. The shop offices were all sold out.
Stalled: The Garden Resort houses were almost 65% complete.
When contacted in November 2006, an Arif Ceria spokesman had said that the
project was slowed down due to unforeseen circumstances.
“However, we will fulfil all obligations stipulated under the sales and
purchase agreement and will compensate buyers for late delivery. We also
want to assure buyers that the project will be completed,” he said.
PJH, meanwhile, declined to comment on the matter, stating this was due to a
legal dispute between the companies.
The buyers have decided to form a committee to seek legal redress and hope
to forward their complaints to the Housing Tribunal.