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Six years and still can't move in yet
06/03/2009 NST

BENTONG: They've been waiting for more than six years, and it looks like 24 buyers of the medium-cost flats in Taman Perdana Raya, Karak, won't be moving in any time soon.

The three-storey building was completed in 2007, but the developer has yet to install utilities like water and electricity. And the buyers said they have not been told when the certificate of fitness would be issued.

Two days after they approached Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator T. Murugiah, he met with them to discuss their problems.

Murugiah, who heads the Public Complaints Bureau, said the buyers should have been handed the CF when the units were completed.

The unit owners said they have been servicing their bank loans since 2004.

The units were priced between RM56,000 and RM63,000.

Some of the buyers were frustrated because the developer had built flats instead of medium-cost apartments that they had agreed to buy.

One buyer, Azizan Ramli, said a few months ago, the developer had given him the keys to his unit and told him to check if there were faults.

"I told them there were cracks, but my complaint seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. That's why we decided to lodge a formal complaint."

Murugiah has arranged for a meeting in Kuantan on March 19 between representatives of the buyers, the Bentong Municipal Council president and a representative from the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

He is trying to reach the developer to ask them to send a representative as well.


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