TAIPING: A state exco member apologised to about 250 low-cost housebuyers who have not been able to move into Taman Bestari in Kamunting here since the scheme was launched in 1988.
“I am sorry and I hope all of you will accept my apology,” said state Education and Religion Department Committee chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Md Hanafiah.
Abdul Malek, who is also Taiping Umno division chairman and Kamunting assemblyman, said some buyers who bought the units had since died when they purchased the low-cost units in 1988.
He said he was also aware that some of the buyers were now pensioners and were still paying for the units which had yet to be completed.
“This time, Syarikat Perumahan Negara (SPN) has agreed to revive this abandoned scheme and I am confident that being a wholly-owned government company, it has the resources and strong leadership to complete this project,” he said when attending a consent agreement signing ceremony between SPN and the buyers at Pusat Aktiviti Perpaduan in Kampung Ekspo, Kamunting, here yesterday.
Abdul Malek had also sought Bank Negara’s intervention to stop banks from releasing further payments to previous developers who failed to complete the project.
He said SPN chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had agreed to build a surau in the area while the state government would come up with the funds to build a community hall in the revived scheme.
Also present at the ceremony were Mohd Amin Mohd Salleh, who is SPN's abandoned scheme division general manager, and BGM Development Sdn Bhd managing director Lim Ngau whose company is reviving the first phase of the scheme consisting 64 units.
Mohd Amin said the revival of Taman Bistari would be the first abandoned project to be undertaken by SPN in Perak.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad had approved RM1bil allocation to revive abandoned schemes.
“So far, we have received RM300mil from the Finance Ministry which will be spent on 514 projects and Taman Bistari is one of such projects,” he said.
He said SPN would revive the second, third and fourth phase of the project.
Lim said he was duped into reviving the project by a former developer of the scheme last March and expected to incur a loss of RM400,000.