Beware of dubious ads

Johor is on a drive to provide affordable housing options for its residents. But conmen are using this opportunity to scam would-be house buyers by promising them homes under the RMBJ scheme.

JOHOR BARU: The state government will cooperate with the relevant agencies to weed out illegal advertisements offering houses, especially affordable homes under the Rumah Mampu Biaya Johor (RMBJ) scheme.

Johor Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad urged the public to lodge police reports if they came across dubious online advertisements offering these houses to unsuspecting buyers.

He said the state government would then direct the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) to delete the posts and take relevant action.

The state would also rope in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate.

“We don’t want to see more people getting cheated by the so-called agents following cases of house buyers who were conned by those offering RMBJ houses,’’ said Dzulkefly.

He said this at a press conference at the Johor Housing and Property Carnival 2019 held at Angsana Mall Johor Baru organised by Johor Institute of Management Development, a subsidiary of Johor Corporation (JCorp).

Dzulkefly advised the public to only deal with the real estate agents registered with the MIEA as they would publish their licence details in the advertisement, unlike the illegal agents.

“Please do your homework first; it is better to be safe than sorry,’’ he said, adding house buyers, especially those from the lower income group, should not simply hand over their money to these “so-called agents”.

Dzukefly reiterated that the Johor Housing Secretariat (SUK Perumahan) did not appoint agents to deal with applications for RMBJ houses as all applications are via online only.

Similarly, he said the local councils would be directed to clear the illegal housing banners, posters, buntings or notices within their jurisdiction as part of efforts to prevent house buyers from getting cheated.

Dzulkefly said the state government was confident of delivering 100,000 units of affordable houses by 2023.

He said they would be built by the state-owned companies, private developers, government-linked companies as well as those under the privatisation projects.

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