Obscure info hinders revival of Sg Buloh flats project

(Above) A resident of Kampung Masjid at the unfinished flats, where he could have been living today.

OBSCURE details surrounding the status of the site in Kampung Masjid, Sungai Buloh, that was earmarked for the development of low-cost flats, is proving an obstacle to the resumption of the now stalled project.

Adding to this difficulty is the unknown whereabouts of the developer, despite various attempts by the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) to get their feedback on the matter.

Selangor housing, urban well-being and entrepreneur development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said the site in question was transferred by the developer to an individual on July 23,2012, before being transferred to a company on March 28,2016.

Rodziah, who is also Batu Tiga assemblyman, said the stalled project could not be resumed until the site was transferred back to the developer.

She said a meeting involving LPHS, Shah Alam City Council and Petaling District Office chaired by then state housing and urban well-being executive council member Haniza Mohamed Talha on Oct 22,2019, had proposed several things.

“Among them was the resumption of the project after resolution of the site ownership issue and refunding the buyers.

“The developer should also replace the construction of the project on another land that it owned, ” she said in a statement in response to a StarMetro report on April 21.

The report highlighted the woes of some 70 families who vacated the site in 2005 to make way for the construction of an 11-storey flats that would replace their old homes.

This was part of the then state government’s efforts to eradicate squatter settlements.

Rodziah said a court had on Aug 11,2009 ordered the developer to wind up and a liquidator was appointed to handle the matter.

She did not clarify if the developer still existed.

In a record found on the state government’s website, Paya Jaras assemblyman Mohd Khairuddin Othman — at the state assembly in April 2014 — had questioned how the ownership could be transferred without the liquidator’s approval.

He had also asked if the state government would employ the National Land Code 1965 to cancel the transfer.

The written response to him stated that the transfer was done in accordance with the National Land Code.

It added that “Section 340 of the National Land Code protects all registered owners of real estate, in which the registration cannot be denied, with the exceptions of cases of fraud, forgery or where the title was acquired unlawfully.

“However, in reference to this transfer (of site ownership), such elements were not present and this section therefore does not apply.”

But in the same sitting, Mohd Khairuddin had also been informed that the state government would try using the Land Acquisition Act 1960 to resolve the issue and safeguard buyers’ interest.

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