want CF issue resolved
Star Story and photo by CHARLES FERNANDEZ
DESPITE their houses not being issued with the Certificate of Fitness
(CF), 140 former Killinghall tin mine workers still moved into their units
in Taman Putra Puchong since they were left with no choice.
They had to wait for 12 years for the houses to be completed and were
finally given the keys three years ago.
However, they were met with further disappointments when they discovered
there were no basic amenities such as water and electricity supply in the
After much running around, they were able to get the water and electricity
connection, but they still had to do their own electrical fittings and
pipe connections to their respective houses.
But the biggest problem for the owners now is the CF.
According to two of the homeowners, Kannan Chandran, 69, and Abu Bakar
Rajoo, the sales and purchase agreement were signed in 1996 after being
promised the low-cost houses in 1986.
No occupants: (from left) Kannan, Rajoo and Subramaniam looking at some of
the vacant low-cost units in Taman Putra Puchong.
Kannan said the developer appointed by the state did not apply for the CF
since some of the requirements were not met.
He claimed he had been running around for the past three years trying to
sort out the CF issue but to no avail.
He found himself being directed to various departments but with no
solution in sight.
“Most of us were just ordinary tin mine workers and we thought our dream
of owning our own homes would finally come true.
“Little did we know that it would be fraught with much problems,” said
Kannan, who is also the residents committee vice-chairman.
“We have yet to see any basic services being provided in the area by the
Sepang Municipal Council.
“There are no proper road signboards and addresses to the homes,’’ said
The houses were priced at RM25,000 but the buyers topped it with another
RM13,000, hoping the houses would come with better fittings.
“Many of the buyers are disappointed and some even had put up their units
“At the moment only 30% of the houses are occupied by the original
buyers,’’ said Kannan, adding that some of the buyers had even started
renovating their homes.
Kannan brought up the matter with MIC National Youth Social and Welfare
Bureau chairman S. Subramaniam recently.
Subramaniam said the relevant authorities must do their part in expediting
the CF application process.
He also added that it was a government policy for houses to be built for
displaced estate and mine workers whenever mines and estates were taken
over for development.
When contacted, Sepang Council Building Planning Unit head Zamsuri Ramli
said since the old developer was no longer involved in the project, the
onus is on the house-buyers to appoint a new contractor.
“It involves drawing up new legal terms.
“The new developer could then apply for the CF after meeting all
requirements with the Rescue and Fire Services Department (Bomba) and the
Indah Water Konsortium (IWK).
As for the renovation work carried out by the residents, Zamsuri said they
could do it as long as they have sought the approval from the council.