If private developers in Sabah can deliver their projects on time, why can't national housing agency, Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Bhd (SPNB), do the same, asks DAP.
Hiew said that it was inexcusable that housebuyers were left frantic and worried over delays they were forced to endure before could move in to their homes.
“The SPNB should be responsible enough to make early delivery of the units sold. Many people are paying loans to their banks for their new homes but sadly are without a place to stay,” he said.
SPNB has blamed matters beyond their control for the delays but Hiew says that is a lame excuse.
“If the private developers can deliver on time, why can’t the SPNB do the same? Does it mean that they are inefficient?
“SPNB must make an effort to complete all the units sold as soon as possible without further delay. There is also no excuse for the delay in getting the strata titles out,” he said.
He said this in response to the reply from the Ministry of Finance in parliament that the delay in the completion of SPNB housing projects, especially those in Sabah, was due several factors.
In his written reply, the minister noted that there are 10 on-going housing projects under SPNB which are “experiencing delay of completion”.
The reason given for the delay was financial constraints faced by the contractors as a result of rising prices of building materials and the proceeds from the sales of homes were insufficient to cover expenses.
Delays in strata titles
The minister also said that several projects needed to be redeveloped according to new methods and technologies which could cut costs and improve quality.
He said SPNB had taken action to address the issue of the 10 delayed projects, and the expected completion dates for the projects are from July 2012 until December 2015 and assured that there is no SPNB project that is abandoned.
Hiew said he had raised the issue of extended delay in the completion of SPNB projects in Sabah, after receiving numerous complaints from housebuyers struggling to pay their loans as well as the rent for their present accommodation.
The affected house buyers are also seeking ways to form a resident committee to manage their affairs and gain some measure of control and management of their housing.
Lengthy delay in the issuance of land and strata titles with cases of several thousand apartment, condominium owners waiting for decades to get the deeds to their properties with no end in sight has also kept many worried about the fate of what for many is the biggest investment of their lives.