The Housing Developers Association yesterday appealed to the state to
relax its conditions and levies imposed on developers to avoid problems
afflicting buyers such as in the case of the Majestic Heights project.
Its Penang branch chairman Datuk Ong Gim Huat said had the government
agencies heeded the HDA's appeal earlier, the problem might not have
"It is unfortunate that action is taken only when the anticipated
problem has taken place," he said in a statement.
Responding to The Star's report yesterday which quoted Chief
Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon as saying that the developer would be
allowed to postpone building physical structures such as roads until all
its phases were completed, Ong said:
"The HDA is the first to sympathise with the Majestic Heights buyers
and fully supports any help given them by the state.
"However, we would like to point out that the easing of conditions only
at this juncture when the developer is facing extreme difficulty would not
have been necessary if the HDA's appeals over the years had been heeded."
Ong said among the examples of increased infrastructure requirements
imposed on developers were the:
* LUDICROUSLY high road mapping charges not required before;
* ROAD standards on highways now imposed on local domestic roads;
* UPGRADING and building of new bridges which should be the
responsibility of the state government and local authorities;
* OPENING of new access roads which do not serve the project;
* LAYING of water mains outside the project, and;
* BUILDING of schools, markets and hawker centres.
Ong said other punitive contributions and levies imposed on developers
included drainage and tree-planting contributions as well as an increase
in car-parking contributions from RM750 to RM15,000 per bay.
He urged the state government to reconsider their problems
sympathetically so that more affordable housing could be provided to the
On Monday, The Star reported that Majestic Height's Phase 1
purchasers had filed a notice two weeks ago through their lawyers to
oppose the winding-up petition filed by creditors against the developer of
of Majestic Heights at the High Court here.