Thursday, December 15, 2011

Housing Development Act should not be extended to Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Extending the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act to Sabah will be another erosion of the state's autonomy, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President, Datuk Wong Yit Ming.

He said the proposal by DAP Kota Kinabalu MP Hiew King Cheu for the Act, which was recently amended in the Parliament, to be extended to Sabah as well did not merit consideration because Sabah already has its own Enactment that had successfully curbed abandoned housing development.

"Another extension of a federal law will not help. There are more abandoned housing projects in Malaya than Sabah and Sarawak has it success record or reviving abandoned projects," he said.

Wong said extending the Federal Act to Sabah would also cause the State Government to lose its authority on housing development since everything would have to go through the Federal.

"We do not want another federal law intruding into Sabah. Local developers will all have to get their licences from Putrajaya," he said.

If there is any weakness in the Sabah Housing Enactment, the State Government can improve upon it, no need for a federal law, he said.

He said extending Federal laws to the State had been proven to be non-beneficial just like when the government decided to spread the Money Lending Act to Sabah.

"With the Act in place, we can see more and more money lending companies that are known to charge extravagant interest fees sprouting throughout the State.

"We want a set of law that can control these alongs instead of promoting their existence," he said.

The Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966, which was amended to give more protection to housebuyers by allowing criminal proceedings to be taken against renegade developer should be applicable only to Semenanjung in view of the many cases happening there.

"In Sabah our law is sufficient to curb abandoned housing project … the Federal housing project that Hiew pointed out as being abandoned in Sabah should be pushed out to the Housing and Local Government Ministry," he said.

Wong said it was understandable that DAP as a peninsular-based party would want the Act to cover Sabah as well.

"I think DAP will let more federal laws take root in Sabah, like what Umno has done with the Money Lenders Act which loan sharks now follow into Sabah.

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    Housing Project: Double-Storey Terrace House, Lot 99, Block 9, Sibu Town District, Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia.
    Developer: TSL Development Co. (Regn. No. 144/06)
    License no: L1208/KP/HD/03/242
    Permit no: P1183/KP/HD/03/242
    Address: No. 13, Lane 5, Then Kung Suk Road, Upper Lanang Industrial Estate, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia.
    Telephone: 084-211122 / 216888 / 217366
    Mobile: 0198192366 / 0168863556
    Fax: 084-218366 / 219366

    TSL Development Co. has intentionally failed to deliver my house on schedule and deliberately delayed in completing a double-storey terrace house at Sublot 21, Lot 99, Block 9, a housing project located at Jalan Wong King Huo, Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. The failure has lasted 576 days and still on-going.

    We are the second purchasers of the said property and have purchased the house before the issuance of the Occupation Permit for RM350,000 from the first purchaser. The first purchaser of the property had entered into a sales and purchase agreement with the developer on February 3, 2009, with the scheduled completion date of the housing project on February 3, 2011.

    The sales and purchase agreement between the first purchaser and the second purchasers was signed on September 11th, 2009 and the transfer was agreed to by the developer on the same date with the signing of Deed of Assignment. The Occupational Permit to the house is still not yet being issued.

    We have tried to engage those persons-in-charge to discuss on the matter such as Mr. Sia Hua Ping, Mr. Ting Kah Ching and Mr. Ling Sieng Ying but in spite all the efforts, all are in vain. The Occupation Permit to the house is still not yet being issued for the time being. We have faxed our complaints to the developer almost on a daily basis.

    We are hoping developer to be more diplomatic in attending to our complaints of the housing purchasers in order to work out a positive and amicable solution. We are extremely disappointed and utterly distraught over the prolonged problem.

    We are really hoping the relevant authorities will take legal action against the errant developer soonest possible.