Dashed dreams

PEOPLE living in Jalan SP 6/2, Saujana Puchong in Puchong are in a quandary.

Their dreams of staying in their dream homes were dashed when when cracks began appearing on the walls and ceilings of their houses about six months ago.

“We thought these were minor cracks, so we repaired on our own. As time passed, the problem got more severe and we complained to the developer,” said Chan Sau Leng, a spokesman for the houseowners.

She added that work on a nearby housing project worsened the situation.

“The developer first hired Ikram (Public Works Institute) to assess the problem, but later appointed an independent consultant after learning that the fee for Ikram’s services was too high.

“The consultant suggested that either the houses be demolished and rebuilt, or the structural work be improved on.

“However, the developer did not take up the suggestions.

“We were forced to move out and live elsewhere in November last year when we felt it was no longer safe to stay in our own homes.”

Chan said the residents had numerous meetings with the developer, consultants and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), but they have yet to resolve their problems.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who visited the houses on Saturday, said the problem was highlighted to him about one and a half years ago, and MPSJ had been directed to look into it.

“The council has taken steps to remedy the situation, but there was a lack of cooperation from the developer.

“MPSJ had identified the problems and estimated that the cost of repair per house would be between RM100,000 and RM140,000. Twenty-four houses are affected,” he said.

“The developer was also scheduled to rectify the problems for two houses.

“I hope to have a meeting with the developer and MPSJ to check if the work has been done.” he added.

While development is welcomed, Gobind said stricter measures should be put in place to protect house buyers.

“The government should consider the build-then-sell concept, to ensure developers perform up to par before selling the houses.

“Developers should be made to pay a huge deposit before starting a project, so the funds can be used to rectify any future problems.” he said.

Gobind also suggested constant monitoring for future projects, whereby the consultant had to work with the developer to submit monthly reports to the local council.

“These reports would serve a dual purpose — as a record to keep track of the work that has been done, and to put the developers in check,” he said.

When contacted, a representative from the developer’s company said they would carry out some work on two of the houses.

“We will try the method on these two houses first, and if successful, it will be extended to the remaining houses,” said the representative.

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