Recently, the writer visited a housing development project known as Desa Kerayong Indah, Jeram, Kuala Selangor, adjacent to the Uitm Puncak Alam campus, Shah Alam. According to the information received, there are about 1,099 units of housing accommodation to be built on the project land. The construction agreements, between the state’s appointed contractor–Bumi Circle Sdn. Bhd (‘Bumi’), and the purchasers somewhere in September, 1999. This project should be completed by September, 2002. The prices ranged between RM 48,000.00 and RM 153,000.00 All the purchasers are Malays.
This project commenced when, on application, the purchasers were offered land lots to be developed by the State Government of Selangor, through the Kuala Selangor Land and District Office. Among the terms of the alienation of the said land lots was that, the purchasers had to enter into construction contracts with the appointed contractor—Bumi. In turn, Bumi was required, pursuant to the construction agreement, to complete the construction of the project in three years from the date of the agreement signed.
This housing project was later abandoned, as Bumi faced financial problems as there had no sufficient funds to extract and remove the hard granite found, during the course of construction, in and beneath the soil and land of the project site. Hitherto (November, 2008), the said project is still abandoned, without any parties interested to rehabilitate it
Based on the information received, there are many complaints and problems to the project, namely:
a) Bumi used ‘block wall stones’ and not the ordinary wall stones as spelt out in the terms of the construction agreement;
b) The width of the land areas where the respective housing units are to be erected and the width of each and every floor of the building unit is smaller than what had been provided in the construction agreement;
c) The ‘retaining walls’ built separating out the different layers of the building rows, are more than 10 feets, being at variance with the one which had been promised by Bumi;
d) Fraudulent architect certificates issued by the architect, might be on the instruction of the contractor (Bumi), in order to withdraw purchasers’ money dishonestly;
e) The appointed architect was not registered with the Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM);
f) The present Selangor State Government are not willing to rehabilitate the project;
g) The purchasers have to pay monthly instalments to their Financiers (approximately amounting to RM 1,200.00, depending on the price of each unit), as substantial portion of their housing loans had been released by the Financiers to the contractor (Bumi), but they could not occupy the purported units as the units are abandoned. They too, have to rent other premises;
h) The purchasers have to pay the assessment rates imposed by the local authority of the area—Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor, even though the housing accommodation they purchased had yet completed, abandoned and could not be occupied;
i) As the project cannot be completed on time in accordance with the construction agreement and has been abandoned since 2002 and given that the project site and the units have not been properly guarded, many construction materials and supplies, such as steels, ceiling roofs, windows facilities, door facilities and electrical facilities have been stolen and damaged by irresponsible parties.
Viewers may surf the web-site of the said abandoned housing project, to get deeper information, at http://desakerayongindah.blogspot.com/
See also the pictures taken.