GEORGE TOWN: Penang will blacklist developers who have been found to be in cahoots with contractors to force homeowners to use their services for renovation works.
State housing committee chairman Jagdeep Singh said those blacklisted would not have their planning applications and other development-related plans approved by the state government.
The administration viewed the matter seriously and would not hesitate to take action if there was evidence to prove such cases, he added.
He said he has received several reports on the matter about a month-and-a-half ago with two police reports being lodged in one project.
He urged those who face similar situations to register their complaint with his office and then to lodge a police report.
“Such matters can fall under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation,” he told a press conference today before handing over a RM2,400 automatic gate to a senior citizens home in Jalan Thomas here.
Jagdeep also said he had a meeting with Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi over the matter, with the latter giving an assurance that police would take action.
“I have forwarded him all the emails and letters I received and he assured me action will be taken,” he said.
By: Aaron Ngui
Published on: Thursday, 8 May 2014