23- year wait
probe into abandoned housing project
20/01/2001 By Susan Tan
The Housing and Local Government
Ministry will find out why a housing project which started 23 years ago in
Taman Sri Aman, Port Klang was abandoned in 1997.
Its Deputy Minister, Peter Chin Fah Kui
Chin, said the ministry would act as a middleman to contact the company
"We have a committee to deal with
developers who abandon housing projects.
"But in this case, the buyers appointed
a private contractor without a developer's license," he told the reporters
after receiving a memorandum from the 63 house buyers of the project.
However, Chin said the ministry could
only act as a mediator between the buyers and the company directors.
"We will find out what happened to the
project and why it was abandoned in 1997," he said.
Chairmen of the Abandoned Housing
Project Committee G. Varatharajan said the landowner K.R. Ramasamy, had
enlisted a contractor in 1978 to build 63 houses on his land.
"Ramasamy passed away in 1997 and until
today, the housing project has yet to be completed.
"Since 1978, there were five companies
which took over the project and now it is under the management of
Integrated Land Resources," he said.
Varatharajan said the houses were only
60% complete and the buyers had not heard from the directors of Integrated
"We have tried to contact the directors
but the company has closed down," the 38-year-pld technical supervisor
The group held a peaceful demonstration
outside the ministry.
Varatharajan said the committee had
lodged a report on July 20 against the directors. In their report, they
alleged that the company had breached the sale and purchase agreement by
not having a valid housing developer's license.