SEPANG: It was a moment of joy for Nor Poziah Othman as she finally received the keys to a semi-detached house after having waited for over a decade.
â€œIt was a long and painful delay as I had made a deposit and obtained financing from a bank but the project was not completed as promised.
â€œI did not know whether the house would be completed at all because the original developer just disappeared,â€ said the 57-year-old Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) enforcement officer.
Nor Poziah was among the original purchasers of houses in Bandar Salak Perdana near here who received the keys to the units from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.
The project, which was formerly known as Projek Taman Kenanga, was developed in 1997 and was targeted for completion in 2003 but the construction was halted two years later. In 2002, it was classified by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry as an abandoned housing project.
It was revived by the Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB) in 2012 with a total cost of RM213mil.
Nor Poziah, who bought the house in 1999 as her second home, said that in between those years, she stayed at her other house in the neighbouring Taman Dahlis housing area.
She said she was lucky that she already had her own house unlike several of her friends who were desperate when the project was abandoned.
â€œI am so relieved now that all these years of servicing the bank loan did not go in vain.
â€œI should be moving in some time early next year. I just cannot wait to sleep in the new house,â€ said Nor Poziah, who bought her unit at RM140,000. It is now valued at RM400,000.
Najib in his speech said the initiative to revive abandoned housing projects would be intensified in line with the Governmentâ€™s aim of creating one million affordable homes in five yearsâ€™ time.
He said that so far, 159 abandoned projects involving 43,760 houses and 26,710 buyers had been revived while 23 other projects were at various stages of revival.
â€œThe initiative is something out of the ordinary because those were private sector projects but the Government through MBSB revived them,â€ he said.
â€œThis is our commitment to provide more homes to the public.â€-The Star