Thursday, January 20

Housing claim settled out of court

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Tribunal Board members mingling with the claimants and respondent at the tribunal office at the old DUN building.

KUCHING: A case brought up before the Housing Claims Tribunal Court yesterday was settled out of court.

Chairman of the tribunal, Peter Lim Thiam Seng, said house buyers Tay Buang Chuan and Teh Yee Joe, as claimants, decided to withdraw the case against developer MJC City Development Sdn Bhd, as respondents, and settle the matter amicably without further litigation.

“It was decided that both parties make their own decision to settle the case amicably,” he said before the two other panel members of the tribunal, Morni Wahie and Bexter Agas Michael, at the Tribunal Court in the Old Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) building here.

“The case has now ended and both parties are happy with the agreed settlement given to the claimants on the Liquidated Ascertained Damage (LAD) amounting to RM10,010.70,” he added.

Later at a press conference, it was revealed by a Housing Tribunal officer that the case was the first and only one heard in Kuching this month.

He also said they received 78 cases last year and 49 cases in 2013.

Out of the 78 cases in 2014, he said seven were waiting for award and mediation, one case was waiting for further action, while in 16 cases the complainants were advised to forward their cases to the relevant authority, and two more were waiting for the complainants to file their cases and seven were withdrawn.

And in 2013, out of the 49 cases, 17 were waiting for award and mediation, one was waiting for further action, while in 27 cases complainants were advised to forward their cases to the relevant authority, two were waiting for the complainants to file their cases and two cases were withdrawn, he added.

The officer also said all together 15 cases were settled or withdrawn by the tribunal in 2014 and out of that seven were settled in Kuching Division, one in Mukah division, while three in Miri, three in Kuching and one case in Sarikei were withdrawn.

The total award to house purchasers last year, he added, was RM19,650.80 while in 2013 it was RM191,322.75.