And Survey Dept To Blacklist Errant Developers
KUCHING, June 30 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak Land and Survey Department will
blacklist errant property developers upon receiving complaints from
residential and commercial property buyers for non-issuance of titles to
their houses or property.
Its assistant director of Planning Laping Jawa said the department was
concerned about their plight as they had no titles to their homes or
property despite having occupied completed housing estates.
"One of the main reasons is that the developers fail to pay the required
premium and execute the memorandum of surrender and alienation to enable
the department to issue subdivided titles," he said here Tuesday during a
meet-the-media session which was also attended by Land and Survey director
Datuk Sudarsono Osman.
The department has listed 5,298 subdivided lots that have yet to be issued
with titles out of 156 completed development projects, including 57 in
Kuching and 34 in Miri, with a total outstanding of RM23,327,553 in
premium, annual rent and title fee.
Laping advised potential house buyers in Sarawak to check the track record
of property developers with the department, which was often unfairly
blamed for problems, before investing on any property.
As financial institutions at present would release all the money to the
developer once the occupation permit was issued by the local council, he
said, one way to resolve the problem was to make sure the sale and
purchase agreement was tied up to the issue of title.
Earlier, Sudarsono said he was aware of the importance of the media's role
in making the department's work easier, otherwise it could be complicated
as shown by recent controversial cases involving land matters, which had
put it in bad light.
He said land was a very sensitive issue that was close to the people's
hearts and negative comments by certan quarters had raised unduly concerns
among the public due to sensationalisation and exaggeration, including the
purported eviction of 10,000 villagers in Bekenu, Miri last year.
On maintaining close cooperation with the media here, he said, the
department would provide the media access to information so as to give a
better understanding of its role and functions as a land administrative
and management organisation under the state Resource Planning and
Under the current Malaysia Plan, the department had between 2006 and 2008,
recorded land acquisition costs amounting to RM435,701,337 involving
10,577 lots and 391 projects with a total area of 7,523 hectares compared
to RM785,720,295 for 32,810 lots and 766 projects involving 231,571
hectares under the Eighth Malaysia Plan.