A friend in deed to hapless housebuyers
THE MALAY MAIL 15/07/2004
KUALA LUMPUR: Ng Yean Shiunn makes it his duty to ensure housebuyers get
what they are entitled to.
As a member of the House Buyers Association of Malaysia, he listens to
their problems and helps out in whatever way he can.
"There is a lot in the house-buying process that people don't know
about. Unless you are a professional, you wouldn't be aware of
theserights," he said.
For his work, the 39-year-old architect has been nominated for the New
Straits Times Press-PricewaterhouseCoopers ( NSTP-PwC) Young
HBA is a non-governmental organisation that ensures fair and equitable
treatment for housebuyers in their dealings with developers.
Last year, when a disabled man faced problems with the condominium unit
he bought in Shah Alam, Ng came forward to help.
Although his condo was on the ground floor, Murugeswaran Veerasamy, who
is wheelchair-bound, had difficulty entering his home because of a
series of staircases separating the car park from his condo.
The developer suggested building a ramp for Murugeswaran, but Ng
proposed to rearrange the condo layout and make a side entrance, a move
that was less costly.
Ng also volunteers to meet housebuyers at HBA meet-the-people sessions
"Our motto has always been to help the poor buyers who cannot afford
professional advice," Ng said.
The Young Humanitarian Award received 37 entries after nominations
closed on June 30.
The winner will receive a trophy, RM20,000 and another RM20,000 to be
donated to a charitable organisation or cause of his or her choice next
month. The award presentation will be held next month.