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10/04/2009 NST

THEIR dreams of moving into a new house for the new year came to a naught after the developer announced that the project has been delayed.

FRUSTRATED: Some of the buyers of JP Perdana housing project showing their partially completed houses and the purchase agreement.

Hundreds of buyers of double-storey terrace units at the new JP Perdana housing project in Johor Baru had recently been told that the project, which began in 2005, was expected to be completed in the next six months to a year.

Wahida Othman, 35, said many housebuyers like her were disappointed when the developer, Oxbridge Height Sdn Bhd, failed to deliver the houses on time.

Wahida, who is a nurse, said the houses were valued between RM160,000 and RM280,000 per unit.

The houses were expected to be completed within a year after the housebuyers signed the agreement.

She claimed the project had been abandoned before and this had caused difficulty among the buyers.

"Housebuyers like me are at our wit's end.

"Since 2006, most of us have been paying monthly installments of between RM800 and RM1,000 for our loans taken from financial institutions.

"My family has to fork out RM600 for house rental a month. This is an addition to the RM800 we pay for the housing loan.

"These payments are already causing a financial strain on my family," said Wahida.

Another housebuyer, Sazlina Abdul Samad, 26, said many houses in the JP Perdana area were only 50 per cent completed and are not habitable.

Sazlina claimed the housebuyers' attempts to question the developer about the project's delay had met with a dead end.

Meanwhile, Oxbridge Height Sdn Bhd marketing manager Tan Wang Chang said the company was working to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

While urging the housebuyers to be patient, Tan said that work would continue this week.

He said his company was trying to complete the project within the new stipulated time.

"We do not want to elaborate on the matter because the company has been holding discussions with the housebuyers almost every month," said Tan.


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