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Low-cost housing project abandoned after 90% completed
06/08/09 The Star By CHAN LI LEEN

IPOH: In 1989, Rohayu Ariffin and Afandi Ahmad took a loan to buy a low-cost house in Taman Sri Manong, Ulu Kinta here. The double-storey house was to be their matrimonial home once completed in two years.

Sadly their hopes were dashed when the developer went bankrupt and abandoned the project when it was 90% completed.

It has been 20 years now and the couple had moved into a rented premises and have six children.

Housing woes: Lee (right) and disgruntled home owners viewing the abandoned houses in Taman Sri Manong in Ulu Kinta, Ipoh, by buyers yesterday. With them is Kampung Batu 5/6 Tambun village head Mohamad Khalib (third from right).

“Our heart aches each time we see what was supposed to be our home,” Rohayu lamented.

“We have developed a phobia of buying houses and have been renting ever since,” added Afandi, 46, a railway train driver.

The couple are among a dozen buyers who showed Perak Barisan Nasional Public Services and Complaints Centre chief Datuk Lee Kon Yin the abandoned project here yesterday.

Seeking Lee’s help in getting the Housing and Local Government Ministry to revive the project, the group told Lee they were still paying off their housing loans.

Siti Aminah Tagiman, a 48-year-old housewife, said she had to pay RM178 monthly for a RM31,000 loan from the Treasury.

“I have to pay until the year 2016 and and on top of that, pay RM70 for quit rent annually,” she said, adding that the buyers had sought help from the ministry and state government for the past 12 years but to no avail.

”Some of the buyers have since gone elsewhere. Some have even passed away,” Aminah said.

Kampung Batu 5/6 Tambun village head Mohamad Khalib Abdul said the houses were constantly used as drug dens by addicts.

“We had a gotong-royong recently to clean up the place,” he said.

A check showed that unknown individuals had turned some of the lots into chicken coups.

Lee, who urged the group to form a committee, said he would check on the matter with the Ministry.

”I hope the relevant authorities will take up the matter and help these buyers,” he added.


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