253 property projects abandoned since 2009

By P PREM KUMAR & D KANYAKUMARI

The government has registered 253 abandoned private housing projects in Peninsular Malaysia since 2009, involving 64,290 residential units.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar (picture) said from the total uncompleted houses, 43,537 units had been sold.

“Selangor has the highest number of abandoned projects’ buyers with 20,639,” he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Noh said out of the 253 abandoned projects, 190 had been revived and completed between 2009 and October 2017.

“The ministry had used RM219.79 million from the government’s fund to restore 32 projects of the 190 projects,” he said.

He was answering a question from Pasir Puteh MP Datuk Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad, who wanted to know the number of abandoned housing projects from 2013 until now.

Noh said the highest allocation to revive these abandoned projects was for Selangor with RM59.95 million, followed by Kedah (RM20 million).

He said RM36.1 million was used to restore eight projects dedicated for low- and medium- cost houses priced below RM70,000.

He said the government has appointed private developers for abandoned private housing projects with units sold above RM70,000.

“Recovery of abandoned private housing projects using public funds is confined to the low-cost and medium-cost housing projects only,” he said.

Meanwhile, on whether additional clauses will be added to residential insurance to cover the prospect of these projects being abandoned, Noh said the government would consider the proposal.