over delayed project
20/06/2009 The Star By MANJIT KAUR
SOME 50 house buyers of a housing and commercial project in Taman Seri
Sayang in Balik Pulau, Penang, are crying foul over a six-year delay in
the completion of the project.
Their spokesperson Tan Chong Kim said the project started in 2000 was
supposed to be completed in 36 months but until today, it had yet to be
Tan claimed the developer promised to deliver their homes each time they
raised the issue.
Long wait for homes: Buyers showing documents to Ng at the housing
“Each time we complained, the developer would send his workers to carry
out construction works and he kept telling us that the project was 80%
“However, work would stop shortly on the excuse that it could not
continued because there were problems that needed to be sorted out with
the local authorities and so on,’’ he told reporters at the site recently.
The buyers have complained to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political
secretary Ng Wei Aik.
The project located at Jalan Genting comprises of one medium-cost
apartment block that has 38 units, 14 double-storey shoplots, 11
double-storey terrace houses and eight double-storey link houses.
The property costs between RM94,500 and RM275,000 each.
There were no construction workers when the residents and Ng inspected the
place recently. The housing estate was also overgrown with grass.
Tan said the developer, in their first letter to the buyers, promised to
complete the project by May 2007.
He said the developers issued another letter on July 25, 2007,saying that
the project would take three more months to be completed.
“All these were just mere empty promises. We are really fed up with the
delay as we have to service the bank interest between RM600 and RM800
monthly since 2001.
“We will claim interest for late delivery on a day to day basis from the
developer,’’ he said.
Ng said he spoke to the developer two weeks ago who promised to complete
the project by end of September.
“He told me that once the project was completed, it would take three more
months to obtain the occupancy certificate (OC) and everything should be
in place by year- end,” Ng said.
Januari Properties Sdn Bhd director Tham Soon Seong said he was aware of
the delay and promised to complete the project within the next three to
“The project is nearing completion,’’ he said.