Residents urged to be patient

Ivory Properties Group, developer of the Penang Times Square, has appealed to residents of several pre-war houses near the project to be patient until foundation work on Phase 2 is completed before it starts repairing the structural damage.

Its executive director Datuk Nazir Ariff said that foundation work was expected to be completed in the next few months.

“It is because the foundation works are not completed yet, that we have not begun the repair works on the pre-war houses,” he said on Saturday.

Nazir said Ivory Properties was a responsible corporate body which wanted to create a viable and enhanced living conditions for the residents nearby after completion of the project.

“We have not forgotten our promise to them to repair the damage but we just hope they can be a little bit patient with us until the foundation works are completed,” he said.

Nazir also said that if the damage required immediate attention, the residents could go directly to the Birch House, which houses the Ivory Properties’ office, to make a complaint.

“Our engineers are ready to attend to the complaints as soon as possible,” he said.

He was commenting on Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo’s request to Ivory Properties to issue a letter of undertaking that it would repair the damage at the pre-war houses.

Jagdeep Singh, who visited the site recently, said he was approached by residents who claimed that nothing had been done a year after complaints were highlighted about cracks and other structural damages to their homes.

“There are about 20 houses in Kuantan Road which have cracks, and the residents are hoping that the developer could give a letter of undertaking that repair works would be done,” he said.

Last May, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government was not satisfied with steps taken by the developer to solve the problem after visiting the houses.

Ivory Properties also set up a special committee to look into the residents’ complaints.

The group’s managing director Datuk Low Eng Hock had said then that the committee would comprise an engineer, a construction manager and a site manager.

He had also said that the cracks were not serious and would not cause any building to collapse. - By K.Kasturi Dewi (The Star)


April 7, 2009 at 2:55 PMKen

How can the residents be patient? Put it on your own shoe. If Times Square cracking because of some IJM construction nearby, do you want them to stop work immediately? Can Ivory just be patient waiting for 1 year before they repaired?

Show your responsibility as a good developer...

If the pre-war houses collapse, you are in deep shit.

April 7, 2009 at 3:08 PMgwsc

seems like they are not willing to provide letter of undertaking also...

May 2, 2009 at 12:34 PMThink

Put yourself in the developer's shoe. You are being bias about all this issue. If Ivory say they will do it, they will do it. People like you are the typical Malaysia who are are kiasus and impatient. Whatever done, is done, what is the point of complaining and whinning bout all this.

May 4, 2009 at 2:22 AMBC

The more complain, the faster they'll response... that's the way it is duh~ "THINK" PROPERLY~ THIS IS A HOUSE WHERE PEOPLE LIVE INSIDE, NOT JUST KIASU DRIVERS DRIVING ON THE FREAKING ROAD. If today your house is crack so badly like that and it cause by the construction beside your house, what will you do? just move away quietly like a mouse? If so, then I really admire you patience and "big heart".

May 4, 2009 at 9:28 AMThink

For your info, my father's house is just beside the the development...ground zero...which means we do have a big heart...although i am not a runaway mouse!