the challenge in response to the recent statement by SHREDA
rebutting his earlier statement concerning the late issuance
of strata titles for high-rise buildings and apartments.
had claimed in that statement that there were some unscrupulous
developers in the state who seemed to deliberately delay
the application of strata titles so that they could benefit
from the monthly ‘maintenance fee’ which house purchasers
have to pay.
very disappointed and saddened by what had been said by
the association and their insensitivity towards the plight
of the consumers,” Dr Yee said.
unless they could give assurance that none of the developers
had ever take advantage of the house purchasers, they were
not qualified to issue the statement in question which was
they also owe the house purchasers, especially those who
were victimised, an apology for issuing such a misleading
statement,” he stressed.
association’s request to him to submit the list of the developers
who have misused the fund together with evidence so that
immediate action can be taken against them, Dr Yee said
he has plenty of such complaints and was in the midst of
give a copy (of the complaints) to them soon,” he said.
also called on those house purchasers who were unhappy with
their developer to acquire a copy of their annual accounts
(for the last few years) in order to determine that everything
is in order.
they (the house purchasers) encounter any difficulties in
acquiring the annual accounts, please contact me. I will
assist them to get it,” he said.
reliably learnt that some of the developers who were acting
as the temporary management corporation (TMC) failed to
have their annual accounts audited.
known case that was highlighted by the New Sabah Times some
four years involved a flat in Likas. And until today, the
house purchasers have yet to receive their strata titles.
late issuance or the non-application of strata titles by
certain developers has landed many house purchasers in a
dilemma, especially when they were faced with poor maintenance.
the existing law, house owners or tenants of a high-rise
building are only allowed to set up or appoint their own
management corporation to maintain the common properties,
after they have obtained the strata titles.
from this, house buyers are unable to sell their property
due to the late issuance of strata titles.