Greater KL Property Projects Hit by Water Issues
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The Selangor's ongoing water issue has affected the property development sector, with 80 percent of property developers in Greater Kuala Lumpur having difficulties securing the approval for their projects, revealed the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia (REHDA).
"Greater KL is facing problems with SYABAS (Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd). About 80 percent of developers have difficulty getting approvals. SYABAS is not approving projects because there is not enough water" said REHDA president Datuk Seri Fateh Iskandar Mohamed Mansor at yesterday's briefing on REHDA's Property Industry Survey 1H 2014.
The survey, which polled 152 REHDA members, showed that 57 percent are having problems with utility providers. In terms of approval issues, 45 percent was related to water.
"I think combined Kuala Lumpur and Selangor under SYABAS, there are easily more than 800 projects affected. For new blank projects when you apply to the authorities, they will reject your application first. They say there is no water so they cannot support the application" noted REHDA deputy president Datuk Soam Heng Choon.
Aside from issues with utility service providers, the survey also showed that property developers witnessed higher costs of doing business in 1H 2014, with 61 percent posting up to 20 percent higher costs.
Fateh attributed the higher cost to higher compliance cost, scarcity of land, higher infrastructure contribution funds and higher conversion premium.
Meanwhile, 43 percent of those surveyed reported building material issues such as rising price of steel bars, cement, bricks, sand and river sand, and labour issues like high wages as well as shortage and inconsistent supply in 1H 2014.
Overall, 45 percent of the respondents are neutral of the property market in 2H 2014, while 33 percent are pessimistic. Moreover, 41 percent of the respondents are pessimistic for 1H 2015.