Taman Sri Raya housebuyers hand over memo to MB over project delay

SHAH ALAM (April 18): Seven buyers of a low-cost housing project at Taman Sri Raya at Batu 9, Cheras on Wednesday handed over a memorandum to Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim urging a solution to their long-standing woes following the developer's failure to start the project.

The housebuyers' action committee coordinator Sevan Doraisamy said some of them had fully settled their bank loans although the project, which was scheduled to be completed in 1991, had yet to take off.

He said the house buyers had signed the sales and purchase agreement in 1989 with the developer Kausar Corporation Sdn Bhd with Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) being the project owner.

"The housing project had been delayed for 23 years, and we want Abdul Khalid, who is also PNSB chairman, to arrange a meeting with us to resolve the problem," he told reporters after handing over the memorandum to Norzaton Aini Mohd Kassim, the senior private secretary of the Menteri Besar, at the Selangor State Secretariat here on Wednesday.

Commenting further, Sevan said the task force set up by the state government to resolve abandoned housing projects had found out that the project site was unfit.

"As such, we want the developer and the state government through PNSB to compensate us and if possible to find a alternative house for the affected parties," he said.

Pensioner V Tharmalingam, 63, who signed the sales and purchase agreement in June 1989, said he had obtained the land title for his house though the project has yet to take off.

He claimed that he has paid the full bank loan taken for the double-story terrace house which costs RM25,000.

Another buyer, M Selvadurai, 52, said he had paid about RM6,000 for his house as an initial payment and had to buy another house in Taman Midah, Cheras as the project failed to start.

Norzaton Aini said a meeting between the buyers and Abdul Khalid would be arranged soon. — Bernama

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