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Speech by Y.Bhg Dato' Hj Zainuddin Hj Bachik at the Property and Investment Deal 2000 exhibition on the 6th October 2000 at 2.30 p.m.

The onus of building houses to enable a large segment of the public to purchase rests with the govt. through their corporate bodies or agencies and the private developers.

While spontaneous, efforts and huge investments of funds are channeled by the public and private sectors in this field of development are clear manifestations of their consciousness and obligations towards promoting a house owning democracy in the country, there must also be an equally responsive feeling or responsibility and awareness within the developers to build quality homes which the house buyers would proud to own.

Quality homes with beautiful landscapes are not only a captivating sight to behold and to be admired by sightseers both local and foreign but they are also a boom and a credit to the building industry of the country.

The House Buyers Association in its endeavours to realise its objectives would envision the building of homes of contemporary and futuristic designs in Malaysia so as to be compatible to those in advanced countries.

The House Buyers Association is a non-governmental organisation that is neither commercially nor politically oriented. The formation of the Association for Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as a forerunner for future branches in all the States was promptly motivated by the innumerable complaints of dissatisfaction arising from disgruntled house buyers who found their developers deviating from the terms of their contract.

The skilful connivance of the developers had caused much anxiety and displeasure and to some extent untold miseries suffered by house buyers who had to deal with run-away developers, leaving behind incomplete and abandoned projects. Other related problems also become the bone of contention between the feuding parties such as developers, conveniently and deliberately ignoring their part of the bargain, not complying with approved plans, failing to obtain Certificate of Fitness and blatantly delaying application for strata titles, the documents as proof of ownership to condominiums purchasers.

The House Buyers Association welcomes with much fervour the move by the Ministry of Housing and Local Govt. when it announced sometime early this year that a new Act purportedly to provide sufficient protection to the rights of house buyers would soon be brought to Parliament to replace the existing Law that is considered to be bias to house buyers. The Association would urge the Ministry to speed up the Act in view of the lapse of time resulting in much damage had already been done by the Developers and the purchasers morale had feverishly declined in the futile expectation of solving their problems.

With the advent of a good law favourable to both sides, the house buyers and the developers, there is still the need to enforce it by keeping tabs on all ongoing projects. In order for the law to be meaningful anyone who violates it must be brought to book and prosecuted. Any amount of laws will be insufficient and thus becomes a mockery if it is not enforced.

The Association would also call the Ministry to reconsider the quantum of disputed claims between house buyers and the developers to be dealt with by the Tribunal to reflect a positive and realistic approach to the problems rather than arbitrarily limiting it to RM25,000.00 considering that houses built by developers for sale to the public exceeded beyond the range of RM500,000.00 each. What will a compensation of RM25,000.00 constitute? It is hardly enough to buy a good set of furniture for the house let alone repairing it to its original plan that was not adhered to through no fault of the house buyers.

With a slogan "striving for buyers rights and interests" the Association represents the house buyers in their search for solutions to their problems. It sets watchful eyes on the building industry and the laws governing it. It will conduct research and disseminate information on the systems of house purchase in other countries for purposes of comparison.

The Association feels that although there is a nominal increase in the price of petrol, there should not be a consequential effect on the price of a new house. Price of houses should be maintained affordably as low as possible so that people would have the means to buy them rather than they become white elephants for no takers. Developers should also be encouraged to look for designs of houses with the cost-saving factor in mind and build them without sacrificing quality for the benefit of house buyers. They should think that building houses is a social obligation to the people and by adopting this attitude they are indirectly contributing in a long way towards the well being of the nation and a good image for the country in the eyes of the world.

Thank you.



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