The Federal Court today has decided in favour of Damansara Realty Berhad (DBhd) against Bungsar Hill Holdings Sdn Bhd’s (BHH) appeal for DBhd to pay interest to BHH amounting to approximately RM8 million.
The land which belongs to BHH was leased to DBhd and a compulsory acquisition of the land was carried out by the government in 2000 for the construction of the SPRINT Expressway. The dispute for compensation sum, between DBhd and BHH, originally started in 2001 and was concluded in BHH’s favour in 2013. Upon conclusion of the case, BHH had further claimed for DBhd to pay interest on the land acquisition compensation sum.
The Federal Court, in delivering their judgment, found that only late payment charges are recognized under the Land Acquisition Act 1960 (LAA) and imposition of interest is not in tandem with the spirit and intention of the LAA.
“We are extremely pleased with this decision and we can now focus in building our organic growth through our core businesses” said DBhd’s Group Managing Director, Ts. Brian Iskandar Zulkarim.
DBhd posted its second straight year of profit predominantly through its Integrated Facilities Management segment and aims to expand its Project Management & Consultancy and its Property & Land Development segments by leveraging on each other’s strengths on specialised development projects such as hospital planning, development and construction.
*Ts. stands for the title of 'Certified Professional Technologist' awarded by the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT).