Maiden project by Kee sisters


CHERAS is abuzz with the news that two sisters are building seven bungalows called Bayu Aman in Taman Desa Aman in Cheras.  

I have to confess that I was more interested in the sisters than the three-storey bungalows (maybe because I have seen too many high-end homes lately). 

Before one gets any wrong ideas, I would like to say that I am only interested to know what makes them tick. Why would these married ladies with young children dirty their hands on a job where even seasoned developers find tough? 

Well, an hour into the interview, I find two determined women who are sincere, knowledgeable and more importantly, passionate about their maiden project. 

Meet the Kee sisters – Kee Shih-Lene and Kee E-Lene, both executive directors of Total Heights Sdn Bhd, the developer of the RM12mil Bayu Aman at the 4th mile Cheras. 

To-date, two of the bungalows had been sold prior to its launch. Many people have visited the one-acre leasehold site and, as the sisters put it: “They are mostly Cheras folks who know the area well. They have a high level of understanding of what it is about.” 

Kee Shih-Lene (left) and Kee E-Lene with a model of the Bayu Aman bungalow

Although they were born with a “silver spoon” in their mouths and received their tertiary education in Britain, they have had lots of on-site experience observing family projects. 

As they grew up near a construction site in their grandparents’ place in Taiping, it was quite common for them to soil their hands and feet in the mud. 

Their father Datuk Seri Kee Yong Wee and mother Datin Seri Kee Ming Yuet, the founder of Prime College, have also imparted good values to them. 

Their five-year stint in Prime College have taught them many things too. “It’s our best learning experience where we learnt not to take anything for granted. Just because as the owners, we have to ultimately be accountable for what we do,” said E-Lene.  

Brother Ju Hun, who is behind The Madge Villas in Ampang’s Embassy Row, has also given them invaluable experience and help.  

Their simple and friendly demeanour belie a no nonsense and hands-on approach in doing business. They do all sorts of chores from sticking banners to doing their own surveys. 

They are no pushovers either. 

“My brother goes around with a hammer and would not hesitate to knock on any defects and wants them rectified. We may also be going around with hammers,” said E-Lene, who was the more articulate of the two. 

Through their “focus group”, they have tapped the views of Cheras residents. For example, based on feedback, they realised that the spacious lanai and patio area on the top floor could be used as an altar area, as many Chinese folks prefer that the altar not be on a lower floor where people might “walk over” it. 

The sisters are also aware that most Cheras people would end up renovating their house and as such, the lanai/patio area offered enough space to be turned into another bedroom or study.  

The bungalows would be ideal for large families, as they have a large built-up area of 4,560 sq ft each with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and big bathroom with its own balcony. 

Despite soaring prices of building materials following the oil price hike, they have not increased the price of the bungalows, which are still pegged at last year’s price of RM1.58mil to RM1.88mil. 

“Our father has advised us not to raise prices but to give room for our purchasers to enjoy capital appreciation,” said Shih-Lene. 

The house comes with individual titles and has a “solid” design with north-south orientation. The car porch can easily park three cars, as it has no pillars. 

Although I have seen better bungalow designs, Bayu Aman’s design is quite nice and reflects Cheras’ modern image but without sacrificing the practical layout of the traditional homes. They have covered drains and utilities.  

Buyers can later gate up the road leading to their houses, as it is in a cul-de-sac. 

Bayu Aman is very near Cheras Leisure Mall and Pantai Cheras Medical Centre.  

“We hope to build a good reputation and brand,” said E-Lene, adding that banks had offered attractive loan packages because Bayu Aman was in Cheras and a landed property.  

The Kee Group has done several projects, including the 10-year-old Taman Seri Bahtera in Cheras.  

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