The national housing development company Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) has come under fire from homebuyers of Taman Seri Molek Perdana Apartments for failing to handover the housekey despite having to wait a long 10 years.
According to Malay Mail, the disappointed homebuyers are now considering taking legal action against the developer for the uncompleted housing project.
Homebuyer Roslylee Abu Bakar said the project had not see any progress over the past 10 years and she is exhausted of being given the runaround by the developer and SPNB.
“This home was bought by my late husband and he started paying for it since November 2010 while he was still alive. Since his passing, we have been paying the installment of RM800 a month until now. If we don’t pay, the bank will start blacklisting the buyer’s name.”
“Currently I have to pay RM750 a month for a house in Kampung Melayu. This is a burden on me as I am no longer working. So, every month I have to pay the instalments of the house as well as the rental house,” she said.
Meanwhile, she also said that other angry homebuyers and Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim and Pulai PKR chief Jimmy Puah Wee Tse had joined the group in handing a memorandum of their grievance to SPNB representatives.
The Taman Seri Molek Perdana Apartments project, managed by SPNB, began in 2010 and was supposed to be completed in May 2013. The apartment project comprises six blocks totalling 972 units, on 8.5 hectares of land that were sold for between RM50,000 and RM250,000 each.
Despite the homebuyers bringing up the case to the media almost every 2 years, the SPNB remained mum regarding this matter. It is understood that the project has changed developers for more than 3 times, starting with SPNB, before being sold to a private developer Cosmic Master Development Sdn Bhd in 2015 and at present to a subcontractor company, Hong Xin Construction Sdn Bhd.
In July, the Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor promised to deliver the keys to the homebuyers in stages from August, starting with Blocks A, B and C. However, the handover did not take place.
After having gone through that, Roslylee said the group of homebuyers plan to file a complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the housing project.
Meanwhile, Hassan said he would raise the matter in the Dewan Rakyat and demand a solution from Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
It was reported that the SPNB representatives said a new contractor will be appointed for the project and that homebuyers can forward their grievances to its Johor office.