Housing developer ordered to compensate trio

Robert Elone Sireng (centre) along with two panels, Simon Woon Ta Meng and Alhadi Ibrahim held a press conference.

By Siti Nurain Ratani

KUCHING: Developer Kajana Sdn Bhd has been ordered by the Sarawak Housing Purchasers Claims Tribunal to compensate three claimants with a total of RM112,464,62.

Panellist Robert Elone Sireng said the decision was made after the cases were heard on Monday (Jan 25).

“The compensation must be paid by Kajana Sdn Bhd within 45 days of receiving the tribunal judgement letter.

“The three complaints against Kajana Sdn Bhd were filed over the delay of the handover of the (respective) property,” he said at a press conference.

In the first case, the tribunal ordered Kajana Sdn Bhd to pay RM33,276.24 for the delay, which was 818 days.

In the second case, the company was ordered to compensate the complainant RM32,140.16 due to the delay in handover of a house for 832 days as well as quality defect.

The company was also instructed to pay RM47,108.22 to the third claimant over delay of 1,333 days.

“The tribunal cannot consider that the fact Kajana Sdn Bhd has agreed to make changes proposed by the purchaser before it was approved by the local authority (PBT). If the developer agrees, it is not the buyer’s fault.”

The tribunal allowed the purchasers to file their claims with an additional of 55 days following the reinstatement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO).