Project not a ‘white elephant’
Kota Kinabalu: The developer of the Kemabong Socio-Economic Shophouse has denied that its project is a white elephant or that it has been abandoned. It said this in response to our report on July 19, 2009 entitled “Kemabong White Elephant”.
Perkasa Realty Sdn Bhd clarified in a statement that they had applied for the occupation certificate from the Tenom District Council upon the project’s completion in or around June 2004.
However, due to a misplacement of the file by the Council, some eight months later, the developer was requested to re-submit the related applications and which it did in March 2005.
To facilitate the application, a joint inspection was conducted by all parties concerned on July 22, 2007.
Despite the inspection, a related body, namely the Water Works Department was, however, unable to recommend to the authority concerned for the issuance of the requisite certificate to the developer because of the non-payment of certain charges due to the Department.
However, the glitch was not due to the developer’s fault at all because the Department concerned initially billed the developer wrongly, which was subsequently revised by them and accordingly paid by the developer on Nov 27, 2007.
Unfortunately, the developer was informed that the Water Department did not receive the payment despite acknowledgement of receipt from the developer.
Be that as it may, on Sept. 4, 2008, the developer made payment of the revised bill afresh to the Department concerned and finally on Dec 24, 2008, the Tenom District Council issued the OC to the developer.
To date, one of the purchasers had already taken delivery of one of the shophouses, while the remaining purchasers had been advised to do the needful.
At all material times, the developer had been engaging security services to maintain the shophouses meaning it has never been abandoned. We regret the inconvenience caused to the developer concerned.