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2017 Mar 5 - Housing Ministers have a lot to answer

Housing Ministers have a lot to answer

KOTA KINABALU, March 5, 2017: The Sabah Minister of Local Government and Housing and the Federal Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government have a lot to answer on why they had chosen to over ride the rights and interests of purchasers under housing development laws and Sales and Purchase Agreements by granting extension of time for completion without compensation.

It has been reported that one case involved a development (Sri Istana) in Kuala Lumpur, approved by the then federal Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government. The case in Sabah is reportedly the Light Residences in Penampang, the illegal extension of time of which was approved by the Sabah Minister of Local Government and Housing.

The Sabah Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Enactment 1978 and various regulations are put in place to protect purchasers. It is beyond the powers of ministers to override the protection granted under the law and the Sale and Purchase agreements.

Those government lawyers should go back to law school

The Light Residences development is not the only such case in Sabah.

On another case, I had written to both the Sabah Minister of Housing and the Attorney General last year to enquire under what power that the Minister could grant such an approval of time, about purchasers' rights being jeopardised and whether the ministry will take responsibility for the late delivery of the houses.

Citing "client confidentiality", the Attorney General refused to answer. The Ministry Permanent Secretary belatedly, but erroneously, replied that the Minister had such power under the Section 18(b) Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Enactment 1978. In fact, the intent and spirit of the enactment is there to protect consumers from the failures of developers, not the other way round.

In the light of two court judgements quashing the Housing Minister's "approval" to grant developers an extension of time to complete a housing project beyond that provided for in the Sales and Purchase Agreement, the lawyers concerned at the Ministry and Attorney Chambers should go back to law school.

By Yong Teck Lee, SAPP President

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SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

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