FIVE years ago, in June 2009, I purchased a detached house in a housing development project at Simpang 472, Kg Sungai Tilong, Jalan Muara. At that time, approval had just been granted by the relevant government authority for the developer to build 10 units of detached houses and 10 units of terrace houses. You can imagine my family’s frustration year after year as our hope to move into the beautiful new house is yet to materialise.
After years of lengthy delays by the contractor, the project was finally completed and the site inspection for Occupation Permit (OP) by the relevant government agencies was carried out on July 2014.
The site inspection brought up numerous issues preventing the OP from being granted, however, the most significant barrier is that there is no access road to the housing site!
We were told that the relevant government agency had informed the developer (with no specific reason given) that the original access road from Simpang 472 to the housing site could now no longer be used. Worse still, in the last few years, a solid metal fence had been put up to block this access road to the site from Simpang 472.
According to the site plan, there is no other alternative route for access to this housing site apart from the access road from Simpang 472. Hence, I would like to request the relevant government agency to confirm whether the said access road cannot be used. If so, what is the rationale behind it? Moreover if this is the case, why was the housing development project with the proposed access road granted approval in the first place, only to have the entire housing development stuck in a limbo for years with no available access road?
This situation has caused much distress to my family and I’m sure the families of the 19 other house owners feel the same. Furthermore, it is a very heavy financial burden for me, as I not only have to pay the housing loan but continue to pay rental for the house my family is currently living in. I cannot sell the house as no prospective buyer would purchase a house without a road and I cannot rent it out too.
I feel trapped. I plead the relevant government authority to look into this matter urgently and resolve it as soon as possible.
– Disappointed and frustrated Bruneian