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Housing Development Act to be amended to overcome abandoned projects

KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will amend the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 to tackle the problems of abandoned housing projects in the country.

Its minister, Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the ministry was in the process of studying the amendments so that a special provision was created to enable action to be taken against housing developers who failed to complete their projects.

"Nonetheless, the ministry at the moment is still carrying out enforcement with the existing provisions under the act through investigation and checks on project monitoring reports, compounds and prosecution, blacklisting of developers and company directors," he said when replying to Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR-Sungai Petani) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting, here on Thursday, Dec 2.

Chor said several measures were being taken to resolve the problem of abandoned housing projects including implementing closer monitoring and coordination by forming the Special Task Force on Rehabilitation of Abandoned Housing Projects.

He said the task force chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, and three working groups focused on the determination of the national housing development policy, strengthening project rehabilitation and law enforcement.

Meanwhile, 161 projects with a total of 50,614 housing units that had been abandoned were reported up to Nov 30.

He said the ministry was tackling the problem and so far, 51 of these projects could be completed, 58 were in the process of rehabilitation while the rest were looking for contractors to rescue the projects. — Bernama
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