Civil servant house buyers left without homes in Tapah


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019

TAPAH: A group of civil servants have been left in a limbo when the developer responsible for building their homes has seemingly abandoned the project.

The project at Taman Sri Asoka, Jalan Pahang here was supposed to be completed in June last year, but construction has stopped since December with no workers seen at the premises.

A spokesman for the 21 home buyers, Raja Putera Raja Mustapha, said: “I bought a house in 2016 and since I work nearby, I would visit the site almost every week to check on its progress.

“The number of workers decreased each month until only one foreman was left at the site.”

The 34-year-old told reporters at the site yesterday that the area was completely unsupervised.

“We want answers. We are still paying up to RM1,300 a month for the housing loan,” he added.

Raja Putera said the project, which was meant for civil servants, was under the purview of the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

“I understood that a meeting was held between the developer, the ministry and the National Housing Department, while we were not invited.

“From what we heard, the project was supposed to restart earlier this month but there have been no activity,” he said, adding that the developer was a private firm based in Petaling Jaya.

“We’ve even tried to visit the office but was not allowed to enter. We’ve also sent a letter to them but it was returned to us,” he said.

Another civil servant, Faizul Ruzi Mohd Fadzir, 36: “My wife and I are renting a house in Jasin, Melaka and planned to move here to be closer with my parents. This was supposed to be our first home.”

Faizul Ruzi said he has tried to contact the developer via Facebook but to no avail.

“We left them comments to check on the progress but have not received any replies,” he said.

“We hope the ministry and relevant government agencies would help us solve this problem,” he added.

Another home buyer, Azarina Adam, 33, who works in Klang, said she did a background check before buying the house and was convinced the project was safe since it was supported by the ministry.

“The bank is deducting about RM1,000 from my salary every month for a house that I can’t even stay in,” she said.

When contacted, Nor Hizwan Ahmad, the political secretary to Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, advised the home buyers to make a formal written complaint to the minister’s office and the National Housing Department.

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