CASSA: Deal With The ‘Black Hands” In Property Industry!

Dato Jacob George

‘CASSA takes the lead in addressing housing issues in Malaysia with (3Ps) – pragmatism, professionalism and policy initiatives!’ – Datuk Dr Jacob George

Deal with ‘black hands’ in property industry to check soaring prices

Cindi Loo – The Ant Daily.

PETALING JAYA: There should be more focus on tackling the problems contributing to soaring property prices than just protesting against the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa) chairman Datuk Dr Jacob George said a protest against the ministry would be a futile exercise.

“It sends the wrong message to the government and puts them on the defensive when they are also a stakeholder in ensuring the property market remains competitive and affordable.

“It is better to engage with the ministry to come up with an action plan to intervene in the housing industry and better monitor property prices and location.

“Being offensive sends the wrong signal to the ministry and some property developers who are trying to maintain good practices,” he told theantdaily.

He was responding to a news report that Parti Sosialis Malaysia, together with other NGOs (non-governmental organisations), planned to stage a protest against the skyrocketing housing prices outside the ministry.

PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan told Malaysiakini that a house was a basic right for Malaysians but property speculators have bought houses to bump up the prices for profiting.

The news portal also cited figures from the national property information centre, indicating house prices continue to soar but the increase had slowed down since the third quarter of 2013.

George

George said the current procedure in buying and selling of properties was a systemic problem that causes the next generation unable to afford the basic needs of owning a house.

“This is a universal issue that other countries such as Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom are also facing, with property prices driven up by land scarcity.

“Some activities of cartel blocking in the name of business interests are also contributing to soaring prices of properties,” he added.

George said: “There should be a long-term engagement with the ministry in coming up with measures to warn developers engaged in insider dealings. Such ‘black hand’ deals should be stopped with warnings to revoke the licences of developers.”

He also suggested that NGOs come up with a catalogue listing of all property developers and rate them so that consumers can differentiate between those who are observing best practices and those who practice bad management.

“Although it is not easy, it is better to forge a relationship this way rather than going on a collision course with the authorities. At the end of the day, organisations must deliver for the interest of consumers,” he said.

The federal government unveiled in Budget 2014 two preventive measures to curb intense property speculation that is driving the prices of houses up to unrealistic heights.

One measure is increasing the real property gains tax increase to 30 per cent, to be imposed on profits gained from the sale of properties within three years of purchase.

The other measure is to remove the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme (DIBS) as it was seen to be abused by property speculators.

   

 

Consumerist: Why MURDER In GOD’s NAME?

Dato Jacob George

Do we all agree that only GOD gives life and has the authority and right to take it away?</p>
<p>Then, why are so called religious GOD anointed people silent when atrocities of mass killings, murder, rape, genocide are carried out on innocents in the Almighty's name?</p>
<p>Is it because our knowledge of our own religion is so shallow, so cosmetic, so elementary, so in-genuine, that we are forced to keep silent because of our religious illiteracy, when racist, fanatics, religious bigots and religious murderers and shenanigans do their worst using our religion and their misinterpretation shaming the ALMIGHTY?</p>
<p>Is GOD not LOVE?

Do we all agree that only GOD gives life and has the authority and right to take it away?

Then, why are so called religious GOD anointed people silent when atrocities of mass killings, murder, rape, genocide are carried out on innocents in the Almighty’s name?

Is it because our knowledge of our own religion is so shallow, so cosmetic, so elementary, so in-genuine, that we are forced to keep silent because of our religious illiteracy, when racist, fanatics, religious bigots and religious murderers and shenanigans do their worst using our religion and their misinterpretation shaming the ALMIGHTY?

Is GOD not LOVE?

   

Consumerist: Home Ministry Urged – Make Identification Of On Line Commentators Identity A Licensing Requirement!

Dato Jacob George

‘The fact remains, there is no need to criminally intimidate and insult others with whom one has a political or certainly in this case personal, bad blood under the slogan of free speech!

CASSA’s council has unanimously decided to make a Police Report on the matter and urge the Home ministry to track these individuals who in many cases also made racist, vulgar, fascists statements!’ – Pn Nora Noor @CASSA Secretary General

Consumerist: Home Ministry Urged – Make Identification Of On Line Commentators Identity A Licensing Requirement!

We have repeatedly urged the Home Ministry to make the above a statutory requirement for licensing for over 10 years!

More so now, as there is a severe abuse of the comments column where individuals hiding under pseudo names – make multiple entries using pseudo names criminally abusing and defaming individuals!

Photo: Yes I agree, the Malaysia Insider photographer caught a great shot of my response 'seconds' - before answering the question laid before me on Dr Wan Azizah and the MB position! ;)

The Home Ministry is referred as a classic example of the abuse in Malaysiakini’s recent report – Don’t jeopardise water deal, group warns PKR!( http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/270321)where over 43 of the comments out of 73 hiding under pseudo names were maliciously attacking and defaming CASSA Chief Dato Dr Jacob George who is also the State Consumer Council (GPNS) Head, a federal government appointment!

Many were from Subang Jaya and several members of a local community website mostly, opposition supporters!

The fact remains, there is no need to criminally intimidate and insult others with whom one has a political or certainly in this case personal, bad blood under the slogan of free speech!

CASSA council has unanimously decided to make a Police Report on the matter and urge the Home ministry to track these individuals who in many cases also made racist, vulgar, fascists statements!

The CASSA chief is no stranger to consumerism been in the field for over 38 years and his track recrd speaks for itself!

In comparison, who are these individuals and what have their contribution been to the state and national interest?

All they do is continue hide behind a pseudo and make criminally intimidating comments on each and every online statements!

Their targets always those who they feel are supporters of the ruling federal government!

If the CASSA Chief and GPNS head has done anything illegal, go ahead and be brave enough to make a Police report and let the law take its course as it would and IF the allegations are unsubstantiated, hearsay, defamatory and so forth, he has the opportunity to initiate legal and criminal proceedings to protect his rights and interests as well!

So those behind the 43 comments be courageous and go make the Police reports!

And the law would require you to state your name and details and in this case you cannot like you do and have done, through time immemorial hide behind a pseudo and do mischief in the name freedom of speech on Malaysia’s online news mediums!

CASSA which is now moving towards been a national body and ready to address any challenge, innuendos, criminal intimidation and defamatory statements directed at her or her leader, Ybhg Dato Dr Jacob George!

Puan Nora Md Noor
Secretary General
CASSA

   

Consumerist: UN Told This Must All Stop! Where Are Thou?

Dato Jacob George

Photo: Yes I agree, the Malaysia Insider photographer caught a great shot of my response 'seconds' - before answering the question laid before me on Dr Wan Azizah and the MB position! ;)

Consumerist: UN Told – This Must All Stop! Where are Thou?

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