In Penang, contractors force property buyers to renovate
GEORGE TOWN, Penang (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Contractors, some with links to triads, are forcing buyers of high-rise property here to carry out renovation works.
Many of them charge a premium, sometimes up to 20 per cent more than normal contractors.
If the buyers insist on hiring contractors from outside, they are compelled into buying materials such as sand, bricks, cement and steel cages.
Alternatively, the buyers can pay a "settlement" to bring in outside contractors.