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Introduce Comprehensive Measures to Overcome Abandoned Projects

SHAH ALAM, 21 Nov: The state government has taken several comprehensive and effective steps by introducing new policies to ensure the problem of abandoned projects do not repeat.

The Executive Councillor in charge of Selangor Housing, Building Management and Urban Settlement, Iskandar Abdul Samad, said that developers must submit the 7F form to inform the current status of the project which is being developed, as prescribed under the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (Act 118).

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He said that the enforcement was determined by the state government through cooperation from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT).

Iskandar said that local authorities are required to monitor the Second Schedule of the Uniform Building By-Laws, 1984, which requires for developers to submit forms (A,B,C,D and E) to the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) for monitoring purposes.

“By submitting a copy of the form, LPHS will be able to identify if a project is experiencing problems and early action can be carried out.

“LPHS, through the developers’ registration system, will continue to monitor the project if housing development is to be carried out within 30 days from the date of planning permission approved by local authorities,” he said in reply to oral questions from Dr Yaakob Sapari (PKR-Kota Anggerik) regarding steps taken by the state government to overcome the occurrences of abandoned projects.

Iskandar (PKR-Cempaka), said that developers have also been ordered to submit project status reports together with the work schedule for each development in the state.

He said that LPHS will also act as a one-stop-centre when all information is compiled and distributed to local authorities and the KPKT, as an early warning system in case a project is abandoned.

He said that the build-and-sell concept is also being implemented more widely to protect the people from being cheated by developers.

“Visitations to project sites will also be conducted from time to time, together with project consultants and local authorities if a project is found to be problematic,” he said.

So far, the state government has successfully completed 42 abandoned housing projects, involving 19,958 housing units, since March 2008 till 31 October this year.


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