Developer given two months to
submit report on defects
Kota Kinabalu: The developer of a residential park in Telipok near here has
been given two months to inspect and submit full reports to the authorities
on defects to two of its semi-detached houses there.
This was agreed upon by the developer, project consultants and owners of the
houses concerned in front of City Hall (DBKK) Engineer, Kelvin Liaw, and
Inanam Assemblyman Datuk Johnny Goh, after a joint inspection of the houses
Once everything is completed, Liaw said, the reports would be tabled during
City Hall's housing committee meeting which will also be attended by all
A representative of the developer, when asked, promised to carry out the
rectification but declined further comment on the matter.
The two units involved, one of which belongs to a 24-year-old woman and the
other by her 31-year-old cousin, were found to have some defects although
OCs had been issued on June 13 last year.
Both owners have not been able to renovate and occupy their houses due to
safety reasons and serious cracks/defects which might have been caused by
foundation, structure, material or workmanship problems among others.
In a joint statement the house owners Sharon Tang and her cousin Soo See
Tiing who were satisfied with Thursday's outcome claimed it was the latest
effort to get a satisfactory solution to their problem.
There were two other joint inspections and three meetings previously with
the developer and consultants, they claimed, adding they have also lodged
complaints with the Housing Controller of Sabah and City Hall, which had
already sent three letters to the developer and consultants.
"But then we did not see any consultants carry out any investigation works,
report, recommendations etc," they said.
The joint inspection and meeting held Thursday was aimed among others to get
approval/endorsement from City Hall and the Housing Controller to their
suggestion to the developer to engage a third party geotechnical/structural
consultant/expert; a guarantee from the developer, architects and
consultants prior to the actual rectification/rebuilding works that there is
no structural defect, no soil subsidence/movement, foundation failure and
Also that there will be no more cracks in the house and other building
problems; that the building is 100 per cent safe for occupation and it will
not cause disturbance, anxiety and mental stress to the occupants; the
developer/consultant needs to be responsible for all the cost of renovation
works, cost of moving in and out of the house and any other expenses
incurred (inclusive psychological/mental stress) if the houses are found
cracking again; and that the developer/consultant needs to deposit a
reasonable amount as deemed fit by City Hall/ Housing Controller as
On the owners' inquiry on remedies to them for not being able to occupy
their respective house since the issuance of the OC, Liaw said they would
have to refer the matter to the tribunal for an amicable solution.
The houses in question are the only two of 30 units in the park's phase one
project having defects to such an extent that the owners have not been able
to occupy them.
Goh, meanwhile, said that this was the second housing defect case he has
come across in his constituency since last year, the first being in