KOTA KINABALU: Api-Api
Assemblyman Dr Yee Moh Chai has called on the developers
of high-rise buildings in Sabah who are currently acting
as the “interim management corporation” for the purchasers,
to provide a copy of their account of maintenance fees when
requested by the purchasers. He made the call after receiving
complaints from property purchasers that their developers
have either failed or refused to provide the said account.
Dr Yee said ever since he highlighted the
dilemma faced by the property purchasers due to the late
or non-issuance of strata titles for their property, he
has been receiving more calls seeking his assistance to
help them resolve the problem.
Among those purchasers who have complained
to him were those from Taman Public Jaya in Likas, Api-Api
Centre, Centre Point Sabah, Desa Manis in Kasigui, Beverly
Hills Apartments in Jalan Bundusan, Likas Court, Indah Court,
Eden Heights and the Lucky Heights.
“I’m very surprised why the developers make
it so difficult or almost impossible for the purchasers
to obtain a copy of the account,” he said.
He said this was especially strange, when
even the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developer Association
(SHREDA) has categorically stated that all the monies that
they received from the purchasers have to be used solely
for the benefit of the purchasers.
Moreover, the developers who are the interim
management corporation were purely holding the money on
trust for the benefit of the purchasers.
He then cited that purchasers of apartments
and shoplots in Penampang had to pay the so-called performance
deposit of RM1,000 in addition to the RM720 in service charge
to the developer.
“The total amount collected based on the
number of units there (4,000 units) is a whopping RM6million,
and it was also clearly stated by the developer that the
purchasers will not be pay any interest for the money that
they have deposited,” Dr Yee said.
However, it was a common knowledge that
this money would be handed over to the management corporation
to be set up by the purchasers once the strata titles were
“Hence, the purchasers are keen to know
where are the money is being deposited,” Dr added.
Besides this, Yee who is also the MP for
Tanjung Aru noted that some purchasers have complained that
the developer was charging an exorbitant amount of RM2,000
for the so-called “Consent Administrative Fee”, if the purchaser
sold his or her property to another buyer.
“These are the complaints that I have received
lately,” he said.