Penang says EOTs not same as those by housing ministry

PETALING JAYA: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy (pic) has refuted a claim that the state government gave developers an extension of time (EOT) to complete their projects.

"We have given extension of time to contractors but those were not EOTs as EOTs are from the federal government not the state government," he told a press conference at the DAP National Leadership Retreat 2017.

Ramasamy said the contractual extension of time given by the state government was agreed upon by the architect.

On Friday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan asked if there were contractors who had been granted EOTs in the Penang government.

Rahman, previously the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, has denied that he had abuse his power in allowing an EOT for a condominium housing project.

The High Court on Monday had ruled against a developer over a 12-month extension which resulted in buyers not being able to claim compensation.

State housing committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the procedure for EOT in any sales and purchase agreement is stated in federal laws.

"Whether (the extension is allowed) is under the jurisdiction of the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (ministry).

"Therefore, the Penang government could not have been allowed to give any EOTs," he said.


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