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Friday, June 8, 2012

480 Bukit Beruntung shoplot buyers want abandoned project revived

In a bind: Tan (seated centre) with some of the disgruntled buyers at a press conference held at the lobby of the state secretariat in Shah Alam to highlight their problem

A group of shoplot buyers who have been left in the lurch after the project in Bukit Beruntung was abandoned 15 years ago staged a protest at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office in Shah Alam yesterday.

The buyers of Super Taipan shoplot and apartment project by developer Perwira Indera Sakti Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Talam Corporation, are seeking urgent intervention of Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to revive the project. The developer filed for bankruptcy in 2007.

K.A. Tan, a representative of the buyers, said 480 out of the original 1,200 affected by the abandoned project were still in limbo while the rest were offered a “swap deal”.

Under the swap deal, Tan said buyers were given properties of equal value by the developer in different locations.

“We, too, want the Selangor government to swap our lots in locations like Puchong or Bukit Jalil if they cannot develop the Super Taipan project,” Tan told reporters before discussing the matter with Khalid at a closed-door meeting at the state secretariat building yesterday..

Tan said the lots were bought at about RM400,000 each and the buyers have been paying between RM1,500 and RM3,000 monthly to the banks since 1997.

“It is unfair to us. We feel cheated paying for properties that were not delivered to us.

Left to rot: The walkway at the abandoned project in Bukit Beruntung is overgrown with creepers

“Some of us have been threatened with legal notices from banks if we do not pay the instalments,” he added.

Tan, who is also a representative of the Bukit Beruntung and Bukit Sentosa Real Estate Buyers Association, said they had sought the assistance of the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the previous state government several times to resolve the issue, but no action had been taken.

Another shoplot owner, K.C. Sia, said only six out of 12 blocks of the Super Taipan project were completed.

“What is the point of completing these blocks when there is no water and electricity supply. We want the state government to intervene and get another developer to revive this project,” said Sia.

In 2009, the Selangor government bought over Talam Corporation for RM391mil.

In November last year, Khalid said there were no losses recorded from the takeover of Talam.

Meanwhile, a check by StarMetro at the Super Taipan project site in Bukit Beruntung found that the shoplots were in a deplorable condition.

The window panels, manhole covers, drain covers, doors and window panes were either missing or damaged.

There were also no security guards at the guardpost and rubbish was strewn everywhere.

Out of the 12 blocks, only six blocks of shoplots were 95% ready while the other six were half completed.

The entire area was filled with undergrowth.

By The Star

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