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Government to Probe Selangor Housing Con

Proud moment: SMJK Sin Min students (from left) Khong, Tan, Heng and their teacher Kum Wan Thai striking a pose after winning the National Science Challenge 2012. (Photo taken by: The Star)  

KAJANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will investigate reports that 400 people have been conned into buying non-existent homes in Selangor.

Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung urged the victims to provide further information.

“I have asked my officers to investigate. Action can be taken against the culprits if non-existent homes are being sold to buyers,” he said yesterday after launching New Era College's Fresh Action 2.0 campaign that emphasises on the Four Rs, namely reduce, reuse, recycle and recreate.

Chor said investigations would also be carried out on loans obtained by the purported developer.

He reminded buyers to check with the ministry before purchasing a home to ensure developers had the proper licence to build the property.

It was reported yesterday that five property agents had conned 400 victims into placing down payments for non-existing houses priced between RM150,000 and RM280,000.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah was quoted as saying that 138 victims had lodged police reports after waiting some six years for the project which was supposed to take place in Meru, Klang and Banting.

On recycling and waste management, Chor said many Malaysians had yet to implement waste separation at home.

“We are trying to promote waste recycling but people are not ready yet. The idea is to implement a three times a week rubbish collection schedule where one day will be allocated for recyclable items,” he said, adding that free dustbins would be distributed to some five million households by December.

(The Star, 2012.10.24)