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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Buyers storm project site

BUYERS of the problematic Ukay Bistari mixed-development project took matter in their own hands and marched into the site office to get the keys to their units.

The property owners brought the steel barrier down and entered the compound to see their units, something they have been yearning to do for years.

About 100 protesters gathered to express their disappointment and anger against the developer of the project.

The protesters, who were also members of the Abandoned Property Owners Malaysia (Victims) Association, were promised keys to their units in Block A on Dec 27.

Losing patience: Barriers to the site were brought down by buyers.

However, Victims chairman Dr Mohamed Rafick Khan Abdul Rahman announced they would receive the letters of vacant possesion soon. The keys were then returned to the site office.

Dr Rafick said the developer had to ensure that the project was completed on time and not keep quiet about the matter.

“The buyers are desperate and 27 of them have to file for bankcruptcy. The developer has taken money from the people and they have to own up.

“It would seem the developer is not serious about keeping to their promise because there are only 80 workers left at the site from the 300 four months ago,” he said.

He added that the state government had not done much to help the victims of abandoned housing projects compared with the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Self-employed Mohd Faizal Jaafar, 32, has been waiting to move into his own home since 2006 but it is still a dream.

Which is which?: Purchasers sorting out the keys to the units.

“I have gone through a divorce and remarried but I have yet to have my own place. I bought the unit in 2003 thinking this will be where I start my family.

“I am sad this has happened but as buyers we cannot just sit and wait. We have to do something. I hope the ministry will revoke the developer’s licence and get someone else to take over the project,” he said.

According to the developer’s spokesman, the letters of vacant possession were out as promised.

She said there was no need for the purchasers to behave in an uncivilised manner by taking the keys themselves.

“Their action is considered trespassing and they have even brought down the hoarding. If there is damage to the property, who is going to bear the cost?” she asked.

She added they had filed a police report on the incident.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung had said that 600 units from 1,172 apartment units would be handed over while the remaining would be handed in December and February next year. This involved Block A, E, and E.

Ukay Bistari in Ampang consists of 2,214 mixed-development units with double and two-and-a-half storey houses, low-cost apartments, service apartments as well as shops and office lots.

It was reported that the project was launched in August 2003 scheduled to be completed between August 2005 and June 2007.

A total of 353 double-storey houses were completed in October 2006 while another 103 units were completed in May 2008.

By The Star

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