WE have great respect for the Minister of Interior who is genuinely trying his best to fix the mess that has been created in the uncontrolled property sector. Unfortunately, he is surrounded by incompetent and corrupt advisors who would rather Mr Sylikiotis gets wrong information than uncover their own interests.
A year ago, he promised that tens of thousands of Title Deeds would be pushed through a fast-track system in order to lessen the burden on the Town Planning Dept. and appease the concerns of many citizens who are unsure if they will ever get Title Deeds for their permanent, retirement or holiday homes. Little has happened since then.
Then came the fuss from a “disgruntled group” of property buyers who kept on insisting that there are crooked developers, corrupt lawyers and incompetent public officials who are giving Cyprus a bad name by double selling properties or running off with the initial depositor’s money. Mr Sylikiotis and the Attorney General got insulted, perhaps because the complaints came from a bunch of “bloody foreigners” who saw wrong in every action that we, in Cyprus, shrug our shoulders and have taken for granted as “C’est la vie”.
Unfortunately, all these property owner groups, including the ones harassed by respectable property developers, will now declare to Mr Sylikiotis: “We told you so!”
Has the case of the single property developer who made news headlines last week for being caught 1 over several scams, been allowed to leak in order to become the scapegoat for the bigger crooks who are getting away?
When will Mr Sylikiotis apologise to the disgruntled owners, roll up his sleeves and get going with serious reforms in the Town Planning Department? Does he not realize that by the delay in the property reforms and amnesty packages, he is depriving the state coffers tens if not hundreds of millions in fresh revenue?
Please don’t tell us that last week’s revelation of the crooked developer was a “solitary case” and that all else is fine in the property sector. We don’t need an apologetic Neoclis Sylikiotis constantly on the defensive, covering up other peoples’ mess. We need to see the Interior Minister whom he trust and have great faith in taking charge and getting things done.
Perhaps also to whisper in the Attorney General’s ear to get off his high horse and take other allegations more seriously.
You have your brief summer vacation to think about it. We will be back…