30-YEAR WAIT:The Taman Cuepacs Residents’ Association wants the prime minister to resolve their land title problem soon
THE Taman Cuepacs Residents' Association hopes to take up its long-drawn land title woes with the prime minister soon.
Association chairman Abdul Alim Salih said that residents in Segambut have waited 30 years for a solution and the authorities have not "come clean and addressed discrepancies on the matter".
"All we want is straight answers from the Federal Territory Land and Mines Office on why we can't get our freehold titles. None of their replies have addressed these discrepancies," he said, quoting a one-paragraph letter dated Feb 24 from the director.
Residents who booked their homes, which were given freehold status in the early 1970s, said the titles were changed to leasehold when they were about to sign the sales and purchase agreements.
"At that time, most of us were forced to sign the agreement as we had already applied for loans but when we pursued the matter later we found many things amiss," claimed Alim.
He said the FT Land and Mines Office had given the developer of the project Syarikat Koperasi Kerjasama Cuepacs the approval for the project on the condition that it surrendered the freehold status.
"The reason given by the authorities was that land was scarce in the Federal Territory. But how come Taman Megah and Taman Emas, which flank our neighbourhood were given freehold titles?" asked the 72-year-old.
It was also recently discovered that four lots within Taman Cuepacs with leasehold titles were bought over by Taman Megah's developers and subsequently converted to freehold status.
A business park advertising freehold lots was also developed near the KTM tracks opposite their neighbourhood in 2010.
The association is being assisted by Segambut Barisan Nasional coordinating chairman Jayanthi Devi Balaguru.
She recently sent an email to the prime minister and is seeking an appointment.
"We have also embarked on a petition to get the titles reverted by the FT Land and Mines Office and we already have 120 of the 175 house owners' signatures."