Six years on and still waiting

At the press conference were members of the 19 families who have yet to get their promised units despite having paid the 10% down payment six years ago.

NINETEEN former squatter families from Kampung Pandan Indian Settlement, Kuala Lumpur, are still in the dark over the status of homes that were promised to them six years ago.

Residents acting committee chairman TM Padmanathan said the residents paid 10% down payment for the units that cost RM42,000 each, but have not got their homes until today.

Relating the events from six years ago, he said in September 2014, the area was acquired by a developer for building Rumawip projects, a housing initiative by the Federal Territories Ministry.

“Some 300 families were told to move to Public Housing Project (PPR) units in Bukit Jalil and Puchong.

“When we objected to this, we were offered housing near Kampung Pandan instead, at RM42,000 each.

“We paid the 10% down payment and signed the sales and purchase agreement,” he said.

A check on the documents by StarMetro showed that the units measured 800sq ft with three bedrooms.

Padmanathan urges relevant parties to step in and help the 19 buyers to get their transit unit soon.Padmanathan urges relevant parties to step in and help the 19 buyers to get their transit unit soon.

Padmanathan said residents were given RM19,500 compensation while waiting for the alternative housing to be completed.

In May 2018, the majority of residents moved into the new homes, except for 19 families whose application status was still unknown.

“We urge the relevant parties to look into the matter and find a way out for the remaining buyers,” he said.

Lorry driver Kalai Selvan, 40, hoped the issue would be resolved soon so that he and his wife could move into their own home.

“We are currently renting a house in Selayang, Selangor, for RM850 per month. It is quite a hassle to commute there to work daily,” he said.

Father of four Mohd Ghazali Mohamed Kani, 49, who was renting a house in Cheras, said it posed additional financial burden for his family.

“The rent is RM900 monthly and until we get to move into the transit unit, we would have to keep paying that amount every month,” he said.

Retiree Saphupathy Subramaniam, 66, lives with his wife in a rented house in Pandan Jaya for RM900 per month.

“We are no longer working and the rent is quite high for us to foot every month.

“We already paid the 10% down payment and hope the government would step in to resolve this issue,” he said.

StarMetro learned that a meeting to discuss the matter was held between Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the ministry on Jan 15.

An aide to minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the 19 families missed the deadline to register.

“DBKL is not able to give out loans to them. However, DBKL will help them to secure a loan,” he said.

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