The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) revealed that 78 private housing projects in Peninsular Malaysia have been classified as ‘abandoned’.
According to KPKT Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican the 78 projects comprised 17,605 housing units and involved 11,735 buyers, reported Bernama.
He shared that seven abandoned housing projects have been rescued by the ministry this year via an intervention of negotiations, facilitation and enforcement.
“So far, four projects (a total of 82) have been successfully restored and three more projects are expected to be completed by end of 2021,” he said following a walkabout at an abandoned housing project in Taman Selayang Mutiara (Kristal), Selayang.
Selangor alone has 32 abandoned projects involving 10,855 housing units.
“In the Selayang area, including Taman Mutiara, there are seven abandoned projects involving 3,002 residential units,” he said as quoted by Bernama.
He said that his ministry is examining all ‘sick’, delayed and abandoned housing projects through the establishment of a ‘War Room’ – which the minister is personally chairing – for government intervention.
“The role of this War Room is to see a concerted effort to rehabilitate abandoned projects so that they can be inhabited in line with the goals of a ‘Liveable Malaysia’,” he explained.
“KPKT is also studying how to improve the project rehabilitation criteria with government funds in addressing the problem of abandoned private housing projects that have been occupied by buyers but due to incomplete infrastructure, the housing has not yet obtained a Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) or CFO.”
On the abandoned project in Taman Selayang Mutiara (Kristal), the minister said the procurement process for the restoration of Kristal block, which involved 500 housing units and two units for a surau and a nursery, has been completed by KPKT.
In fact, Sunissa Sdn Bhd has been appointed as rescue contract on 11 June 2021, with a two-year contract period.
“A total of 489 buyers out of 498 units (nine units unsold) will stand to benefit when their homes are completed in mid-2024,” said Reezal Merican.
Image source from KPKT