If the standard of work is not up to a reasonable level, you can claim all or part of your money back. That was what Ramlan Badawi of Sandakan, Sabah did.
Buyers are the worst affected when a housing project is abandoned. They have to start payment for their housing loans although they have yet to stay in their new house. Even if the housing project is long abandoned, the monthly payments have to be honoured. If they default on payment, the unfortunate house-buyers would be fined or sued. Browsing the Ministry of Housing and Local Government’s records since 1990 till 2005, we find that the problem of abandoned housing project is indeed serious. Whatever the root cause — whether on the house-buyers’, Ministry’s or developer’s part — it has to be resolved.
In August 2007, the Attorney General’s Chambers issued a Preliminary Issue paper proposing that a No-Fault Liability Scheme (NFL) be introduced. There were intensive discussions with all interested parties including BNM on the need for the NFL scheme.