Peter Chen’s desire to see progress is being suppressed by bad publicity and back-stabbing. There is an attempt, subtle though, to undermine his project…
One impression that impacts those wanting to make Ipoh their home is its economy. Many are cowed by the city’s seemingly lack of drive and initiative – perceived or otherwise. And coupled with the many promotional glitches by the authorities, this perception tends to cling on in the deep recesses of our minds. Removing it is no mean task given the suspicion or more succinctly, animosity, Ipohites have towards those who want to bring changes.
Since the demise of the tin industry in the mid-80s, Ipoh has undergone a reverse transformation from a bustling town to an almost sleepy hollow, devoid of life and identity. The city’s youths, sensing the futility of this whole charade, left in droves to seek their fortunes elsewhere; some never to return. The trend continues till the onset of the new millennium when the infusion of ideas and capital has arrested the city’s steady decline –somewhat. Suburbs like Greentown, Kinta City, Sunway City, Section 18 and a plethora of similar developments have sprouted like mushrooms after a downpour.
Despite the enormity of these structural changes, the diehards remain unperturbed. To them these are mere cosmetic touches, done to lull the citizens into a false sense of pride. Their beloved city does not deserve such attention and affection, they reason. Not from those whom they suspect. Some accept the transformation grudgingly but others are adamant that development is anathema. They are caught in a time warp and freeing them is not going to be easy.
Although many may doubt the sincerity of developers, believing them to be nothing but greedy businessmen, is to deny the role they play in nation building. The good ones are few and far between. The bad ones, the fly-by-night type, are aplenty.
Since land fragmentation is rife in Ipoh. Instant landowners become easy prey for these shady businessmen. Once a piece of land is acquired, the crooked developer builds a show house with tasty finishing and fixtures and opens up his housing scheme for sale. Buyers pay a down payment. The developer collects payment and vanishes into thin air. Buyers are left in the lurch without recourse for legal redress or sufficient funds to repay their loans. Even public-listed companies have failed to meet their obligations, what more the illegal ones. But should we treat all developers the same? There are those with impeccable track records. They should not be lumped together with the tainted ones.
Peter Chan of Superboom Projects Sdn Bhd is one such developer. Peter’s love for Ipoh is second to none, in spite of his foreign affiliations. He foresees a demand in luxury condominium although many have reservations as to its viability. Peter’s pet project, The Haven, superimposed against a backdrop of limestone hills and pristine jungles, is set to place Ipoh on the international map.
Someone has come up with a brilliant idea to forestall the declining fortunes of Ipoh. And he does so in style by building high-end apartments for sale, at an affordable price, to discerning buyers, local and foreign alike. Peter optimises nature and fine architecture as his selling points. But his desire to see progress is being suppressed by bad publicity and back-stabbing. There is an attempt, subtle though, to undermine his project by all ways possible so it will not take off.
It seems strange that a good deed is being repudiated by some very unhealthy tactics designed to deter someone passionate about bringing Ipoh “out of the ruts”.
Peter is determined to push through his project, notwithstanding the opposition. To further prove his commitment, he commissioned two very reputable contractors to complete his condominiums by the 2013 deadline. He invested RM26 million to upgrade areas fronting Haven and that includes an all-weather access road complete with traffic lights. That is indicative enough of his desire in proving his detractors wrong.
Ipohites, let us give this guy a chance to prove his worth. Peter’s Haven is not yet lost.
Fathol Zaman Bukhari