Sarawak Housing Tribunal settled 264 cases involving RM3.9 mln in last 3 years

A screengrab of Dr Sim delivering his winding-up speech during the DUN sitting via a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream today (May 25, 2022).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, May 25: The Tribunal for Housing Purchaser’s Claims Sarawak has settled a total of 264 cases involving RM3.9 million since January 2019.

Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said out of the total number of cases Statewide, 45 were solved in 2019, 110 in 2020, 97 in 2021 and 12 cases this year.

“The total value of award given by the Tribunal Court for the past three years since 2019 is RM3.9 million,” he revealed while delivering his wind-up speech during the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.

He told the august House that for the past three years, 78 cases have been withdrawn from the Tribunal Court.

“The tribunal office encourages both claimants and respondents to negotiate and solve their problems outside the Court,” said Dr Sim who is the Batu Kawah assemblyman (GPS-SUPP).

Meanwhile, he highlighted a milestone case in Limbang District where the tribunal filed a suit against a developer there in January 2022 for failing to settle liquidated and ascertained damages, making the suit the first of its kind in Sarawak.

“The suit was taken over a violation, an offence under Section 53 (1), Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Ordinance, 2013, namely failing to comply with the award issued by the tribunal for a housing purchaser’s claims within 45 days from the date of the award.”

This legal action, he said, will send a signal to housing developers not to take lightly the award issued by the tribunal. — DayakDaily