Penang affordable home onwers unhappy over defects

Property News/ 5 October 2019 Leave a comment

Some buyers of affordable homes along Jalan S.P. Chelliah here are most unhappy with the state of their new properties.

According to a report by The Star today, the owners of the new homes were confronted with “bust water pipes, unpainted bedroom doors, windows that cannot opened fully and water puddles in common areas”.

An owner named Chan told the daily that “water marks have formed on the wall and I can see water seepage”.

“The finishing near the windows leaves much to be desired.

“The common areas are another problem with water puddles and burst pipes,” Chan added.

Another owner known only as Lee said there “were leaking and burst pipes in her toilet”.

“My friend cheekily told me that it’s good feng shui to have a fountain in the toilet,” she said.

But one owner said he was satisfied with his unit.

“It’s now very difficult to get a 800 sq.ft. unit at RM200,000 in the city.

“I am very happy and have no problems,” he said.

The man also added that his friends, who also bought affordable housing units, shared that “some defects are normal”.

The homes are reported to be part of the state government’s affordable housing project managed by the Penang Development Corp (PDC).

Records show that PDC “awarded the tender to Zubicon Sdn Bhd to build 2,093 units of affordable housing known as Chelliah Park City”.

It comprises 770 low-medium cost units of 700 sq ft priced at RM72,500, 883 medium cost units of 800 sq ft priced at RM200,000, 165 units of 900 sq ft priced at RM300,000 and 275 units of 1,000 sq ft priced at RM400,000.

Zubicon managing director Lim Beng Keong told English language daily that “all unit owners would be serviced by its in-house team to rectify any defects”.

Meanwhile, State Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said: “The contractor has to make good the defects. That’s the law.”

Source: EdgeProp.my


  1. andy
    October 7th, 2019 at 09:36 | #1

    Zubicon……history repeats again…..tak boleh pakai one.

  2. jay
    October 7th, 2019 at 09:47 | #2

    Then why people still want to buy?

  3. Rain
    October 7th, 2019 at 11:46 | #3

    Onwers? The headline got mistake.

  4. M. Radzi
    October 7th, 2019 at 14:00 | #4

    Never heard of Zubicon. Who are they?

  5. LOL
    October 7th, 2019 at 15:53 | #5

    Buyers want affordable houses, developer also wants affordable workers and materials.

  6. CH
    October 7th, 2019 at 17:07 | #6

    ChapPalang developer = Low quality houses

  7. Johny
    October 8th, 2019 at 08:06 | #7

    Go google who are Zubxcon and their completed project (as developer or as contractor), then u will know…

  8. Johny
    October 8th, 2019 at 08:09 | #8

    Ppl still go buy becoz they got no choice / dont know the track record / willing to try luck

  9. MajorArches
    Jay’s Lim
    October 8th, 2019 at 22:24 | #9

    True Johny on what you say, indeed no choice but trying their luck

  10. Zubi
    October 10th, 2019 at 11:17 | #10

    Congratulation to all new owners, have you gotten your key…?

  11. Scott
    October 14th, 2019 at 13:30 | #11

    It is hard to get RM200k for 800sqft in the city. Yes, it is a waste that the goverment should not approve any OCC on this project yet. Due to too many defect on every house. They commence that they will use 30 days to clear the defects but it seem like an ant in crowing on the drain. My unit is totally out but due to i need to renovate myself so i just forget about the defect.

  12. veginababy
    October 14th, 2019 at 14:01 | #12


    If the defects are minor in your own unit, then maybe “forget about it” is OK. But if it’s major, especially in the common area, it must not be “forgotten”, because if left unattended, it will become a big liability to all owners in the project in future.

  13. Faid
    October 15th, 2019 at 09:05 | #13

    “some defects are normal” –> what laa, got defect you complaint la its your right, if u ok with defects, developer sure take advantage one.

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