State steps in to salvage Kg Koskan development

The project in Kampung Koskan, Rawang, stalled in 2012 after the development company folded.

AFTER two decades of waiting, 43 landowners in Kampung Koskan, Rawang, are relieved that the Selangor government has agreed to inject RM5.2mil to complete infrastructure work on their unfinished homes.

An owner Abdul Aziz Mahmud, 60, said he wrote to the state government on behalf of other owners in 2019 to ask for help.

“We must still service loans although the project has not been completed.

“We hope the project can be completed soon as several landowners have already died while waiting for a solution,” said the civil service retiree.

The housing project started in 2000 after the state government offered the land to interested buyers as part of an initiative to develop the area.

Trouble began at the 4.5ha site when the developer went bankrupt in 2012 before it completed works on the access roads, drainage, sewerage and utility lines.

The construction of the one-storey properties, which measured 500sq ft and priced at RM98,000, was subsequently stalled.

State housing, urban well-being and entrepreneur development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said the administration agreed in 2019 to use a special fund to help the landowners.

“A contractor has been appointed under the ‘Abandoned Projects Recovery Fund’ and has started construction at the site on May 16.

“Works include stabilising the soil structure, building roads, drainage and an onsite detention pond, as well as provisions for utility lines.

“Works are expected to be completed by Nov 14,” she said, adding that works on the unfinished homes were to be financed by their owners.

Rodziah said this during a townhall meeting with landowners, Hulu Selangor MP June Leow and Selangor Property and Housing Board (LPHS) representatives at the site.

Abdul Aziz said he would set aside some RM40,000 to hire a contractor to finish the construction of his house.

Another owner Shamsudin Ab Samad, 61, said he applied for a postponement of his monthly payments of RM800.

“But the bank insisted that I pay the loan in full. It eventually agreed to allow me to make payments after my Employees Provident Fund withdrawal once I reach 55 years old,” he said.

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