Tribunal dismisses claim for shoddy renovation job


An electrical services company proprietor is grateful after a claim made by his client was dismissed by the Johor Baru Consumer Claims Tribunal.

The respondent, Seow Tek Wei, 30, said the claim for RM4,200 as compensation for a renovation job he did not do had no basis.

He said the only work he had done at the claimant’s house in Taman Sri Amar, Johor Baru, was the wiring for LED lights and installing the gate bell for RM900.

“I am glad the tribunal president who sat for the case today dismissed the award given in a hearing last year, ” he said at the Johor Baru Consumer Claims Tribunal at Menara Ansar.

Seow explained that he failed to receive the notice to attend last year’s hearing as it was not delivered to his home address.

He said the claimant, whom he had known for about 20 years, had asked him to introduce a contractor for renovations at his house.

The job involved renovating the garage, flooring, fencing, repairing leaking roofs and replacing the metal sheets.

“I introduced an Indonesian contractor, ” he said, adding that the contractor had returned to Indonesia before the movement control order began on March 18.

Seow said the renovation started in May 2017 and the job was completed in January 2018, and that the RM40,000 transaction only involved the claimant and the contractor.

“I was surprised to receive a notice to pay RM4,200 to the claimant as compensation for having to hire another contractor to repair the previous contractor’s shoddy work, ’’ said Seow.

In dismissing the award, president Abdul Rashid Daud said the claimant failed to produce any documents to support his claim that Seow had received the RM40,000.

The claimant also told the tribunal that he had paid RM10,000 to the contractor, followed by RM15,000 and another RM15,000 when the job was completed.

To this, Abdul Rashid said the onus was on the claimant to make claims against that contractor and not Seow.

He added that the claimant also failed to provide a breakdown on the cost of each renovation job. — By ZAZALI MUSA

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