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Sosilawati’s company ordered to sell RM3m property

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — The High Court here today ordered Nouvelle Beauty Centre Sdn Bhd, a companied owned by the late cosmetic millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya to sell a piece of land and building, worth RM3 million, to a couple as promised.

Justice Datin Zabariah Mohd Yusof made the order in chambers in the presence of both parties following an application by Low Choong Yen, 59, and his wife, Lim Bee Geok, 52, for a summary judgment.

Nouvelle Beauty Centre was represented by lawyer Mohd Hadi Ar Rais Muhamad, while lawyer Karena Tang Shiau Hui represented the couple.

In allowing the couple’s application, also ordered Nouvelle Beauty Centre to pay cost of RM15,000.

Speaking to reporters later, Tang said the cosmetic company was also ordered to sign the sale and purchase agreement for the property within 14 days from today.

On Aug 5 this year, Low and Lim filed a suit against Nouvelle Beauty for breach of agreement in the sale and purchase of the property located in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

The suit was filed before Sosilawati, 47, and three others — her driver Kamaruddin Shamsudin, 44, CIMB bank officer Norhisham Mohammad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32 — were murdered in Tanjung Sepat, Banting.

In the suit, the couple claimed that an offer letter signed by Nouvelle Beauty Centre dated April 2 stated that it had agreed to sell them a 144.9 sq metre piece of land, together with a four-storey office building on it, for RM3 million.

They said that they had paid earnest deposit of RM60,000 when signing the offer letter for the purchase of the property, and the remaining RM240,000 of the deposit was to have been paid upon signing of the sale and purchase agreement.

However, after the sale and purchase agreement was signed, Nouvelle Beauty Centre, through a letter dated April 30, 2010, informed them that it had no intention of proceeding with the sale.

They also claimed that Nouvelle Beauty Centre failed to return the M60,000 which they had paid as earnest deposit.

Low and Lim sought a declaration that there was a valid agreement between them and Nouvelle Beauty Centre on the sale and purchase of the property, and for the company to proceed with the transaction, as well as an injunction to stop the company from disposing of the property to anyone else. — Bernama