Sabah minister contravened regulations by granting developer an extension, rules judge

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  • Saturday, 04 Mar 2017

KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here made a landmark ruling favouring a group of condominium buyers when it quashed a decision by state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor to grant a developer more time to complete a project.

Justice Ravinthran Paramaguru held that Hajiji’s decision to approve an extension of time to RA Concept Development Sdn Bhd, the developer of Light Residences condominiums in Penampang here, contravened the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Regulations 2008.

He also awarded costs of RM15,000 each to the 30 condominium buyers who filed a judicial review of the state minister’s decision at the hearing on Thursday.

The condominium project was supposed to have been completed in December 2015. Hajiji granted the 180-day extension to RA Concept on Feb 1, 2016.

The condominium buyers received their property in June 2016.

They filed a judicial review of Hajiji’s extension of time approval in September 2016.

They named Hajiji, RA Concept and the state Attorney-General as the first, second and third respondents respectively.

Ravinthran ordered Hajiji, who was represented by counsel PK Lim, to pay RM10,000 in costs to each of the buyers, and RA Concept, represented by lawyer Joanne Goh, is to pay RM5,000 to each buyer.

The buyers were represented by counsel Datuk Kong Hong Ming.

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