New rules to stop suits over delayed housing projects

A bill is being presented to the Dewan Rakyat next month to provide temporary measures for projects affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

TAIPING: Housing developers and house buyers are to get legal protection against each other where projects have been affected by restrictions to combat Covid-19.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said protection would be provided in a new law expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat next month.

The bill would provide temporary measures on Covid-19 restrictions.

“Many housing projects were disrupted and had to be stopped until they could not be completed within the stipulated time. As they occurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot blame any party, including the developers and home buyers.

“When we draft the bill, there will be a clause where both parties (developers and buyers) cannot sue one another. We will be making new terms,” she told reporters here.

To date, she said 700 to 800 applications had been received from developers to extend their completion periods, which has been interrupted for three months due to the movement control order.

“Buyers must also accept the fact that they cannot make any claim based on the original agreement,” she said.

Action against BM mistakes in advertising

Zuraida said local authorities must be more serious and take stern action against those who commit mistakes or abuse the national language on advertisement boards.

She stressed that the matter must be addressed in the best possible manner by ensuring that all applications for advertisements must comply with stipulations.

“It is not necessary for the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to perform the task because the local authorities can enforce it. I will also remind the local authorities to enforce the existing act and to be more firm against those who misuse the language,” she said.

Dewan Bahasa board of control chairman Prof Awang Sariyan had said recently that almost all 150 local authorities were not prioritising the Malay language, and some even failed to carry out enforcement according to the by-laws.

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