Published: Tuesday October 23, 2012 MYT 1:23:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday October 23, 2012 MYT 1:28:23 PM
Chor: Ministry will investigate reports of 400 people being conned into buying non-existing homes
By FLORENCE A.SAMY
KAJANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will investigate reports that 400 people have been conned into buying non-existent homes in Klang.
Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung also urged the victims to step forward and provide further information to assist in the investigation.
"I have asked my officers to investigate. I also hope the victims will come forward and lodge a complaint with us.
"Action can be taken against the culprits if non-existent houses are being sold to buyers.
“Those found guilty of cheating could face a jail sentence," he said after launching New Era College's Fresh Action 2.0 campaign that emphasises on the Four Rs, namely reduce, reuse, recycle and recreate Tuesday.
It was reported Tuesday that five property agents had conned 400 victims into placing down payments for non-existing homes worth between RM150,000 and RM280,000. Some had become bankrupt as a result.
Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah told reported that 138 victims had lodged police reports after waiting some six years for the project which were supposed to take place in Meru, Klang and Banting.