Mar 10, 2011
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About 600 Taman Desa Kempas hopeful residents are upset at having to wait to occupy the apartments they purchased more than 10 years ago.

The buyers had initially signed a contract with the developer Maju Delima Sdn Bhd in 2001 and were supposed to occupy their homes four years later.

The developers have, however, finished only two of the five phases, leaving many buyers waiting and wondering when they will be able get their own apartments.

According to one of the purchasers, Yong Yeok Cheng, who works as a print shop worker, she was tired of the developer often ignoring their complaints.

“We usually call their office in Johor Baru and instead of receiving explanations on the delay, we are scolded instead.”

“All we want is to move into our homes and we want to know the reason for the delay,” she continued, adding that most buyers were forced to rent while waiting for the project to be finished.

Ms. Yong said that other than being inconvenient, the delay was also causing financial woes for many of the apartment owners.

“Most of us have settled at least half of the payment for the apartment and are also paying monthly deposits to the bank,” she said, adding that the problem needed to be immediately resolved.

Another purchaser, Faridah Ban, 45, who has been waiting for nine years said that she was upset and did not know who to complain to about her situation.

“Whenever we talk to the developer, they keep on postponing the dates and we also notice little progress at the apartments itself,” she said. The apartment she had bought was 90 percent complete.

Ms. Faridah said that for nine years, she did not receive any response from the developer on why the project has been delayed and hopes that the government will be able to help them.

“We need someone to keep tabs of irresponsible developers so that the buyers do not suffer,” she continued.

Meanwhile, Datuk Osman Sapian, the Kempas assemblyman said he will be forwarding the issues of the residents to the authorities in charge.

“I have tried contacting the developer several times to sort out the problems faced by the residents but I have not been able to reach them,” Mr. Osman said, adding that he would be forwarding the issue to the local council and the Commissioner of Building (COB).

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