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(1991)

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New township project 01/01/1991BT
THE Seri Iskandar new township project about 40km from Ipoh, which was abandoned in the early 1980s because of recession, will be resumed in March next year, Perak Public corporations and Industries committee chairman Datuk Junus Wahid said yesterday. The project developer, Sri Ringgit, will initially build 500 low-and medium-cost houses on a 80ha site while an industrial site on another 80ha, he told reporters in Ipoh. The township, expected to take between four and five years to build, will have, among other things, schools, shophouses, offices and a sports court. Datuk Junus said all 129 factory sites at the Pangkalan industrial area had been sold, of which 89 were foundry-based and the rest furniture factories.

State panel to look into failed schemes 01/01/1991 NST
KOTA BARU, Mon. - The State Government has formed a special committee to study the problem of abandoned housing project in the State. State Executive Councillor Datuk Haji Halim Mohamed, who is the committee chairman, said the committee would study problem facing developer of the projects.

Developers biggest rate defaulters 01/01/1991 NST
SEREMBAN, Mon. - Housing developers in Negri Sembilan have been advised to surrender public reserve land to the State Government or risk paying quit rent. Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said many developers were ignorant of the fact that they had to surrender such land to the authorities.

Residents left in the lurch 02/01/1991MM
A PROJECT to level a hilly access road to Taman Subang Baru in Subang has turned out to be a nightmare for the 300 residents there. Abandoned for the past three months, what is left of the project is a large trench with a lamp-post jutting out in the middle.

`11 must move out' 03/01/1991 MM
THE 11 flat-buyers `squatting' in the low-cost Wangsa Maju flats they bought five years ago have to move out. This is the tough stand of the developer, Projek Genting Kelang (PGK), who is adamant that they pay for the flats they "supposedly bought."

70 buyers cry foul over auction move 03/01/1991 NST By R. V. Veera
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - About 70 buyers who have paid about $4 million for industrial lots in Bukit Maluri, Kepong, are up in arms over a move to auction the land. A finance company had obtained a judgment order against a developer to recover about $10 million and the land is scheduled for auction on Jan 9.

Core houses costing $10,000 to be built 07/01/1991 NST
IPOH, Sun. - Core houses costing $10,000 will be built in six areas in Perak for those earning less than $500 a month. The buyers can obtain interest-free loans payable over a period of 25 years

Ministry looks at need to have more professionals  07/01/1991  BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry is still looking into the best way of overcoming the problem of a shortage of professionals faced by most local authorities. Its minister, Dr Ting Chew Peh, said yesterday the staff shortage had given rise to certain problems such as delay in the auditing of annual financial reports and approval of building plans, especially among the smaller authorities.

Residents live in fear due to hill blasting 07/01/1991 NST 
PENANG, Sun. - Residents at Taman Sungai Ara are living in fear for their safety following the blasting of a hill for a housing project. The residents have described themselves as targets for stones and rocks which come flying towards their home each time blasting work is carried out.

CF ready soon, says developer 08/01/1991 MM
MIK of Petaling Jaya says he is fed up of waiting to move into his new apartment in Taman Sri Subang. He says the developer has yet to get a certificate of fitness (CF) to allow people to move into the apartments.

Anxious to move into new house 08/01/1991 MM 
(* A TWO-MONTH delay by a housing developer in handling over a house is putting Desi in a tight spot. He is finding it difficult to pay both his house rent and progressive payments to the bank for the loan he took.

Order to get out of own flats 08/01/1991 MM
ZAKARIA DOLAH has taken a $23,000 government loan five years ago to buy a low-cost flat in Wangsa Maju but he still can't call the property his own. In fact, he has been ordered to move out. Encik Zakaria, a City Hall enforcement directorate employee, is among 11 flat-buyers whose payments had been absconded with by the lawyers.

Payments made but no houses for 11  08/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Pensioner Daud Shamsuddin, who has repaid $10,000 of a $23,000 Government loan taken in 1985, is still without a roof over his head. The 60-year-old former Malayan Railway employee had taken the loan to buy a Wangsa Maju low-cost flat. But until today, he does not legally own the completed unit.

Developer calling for dialogue with buyers 11/01/1991 BT By Khaidir Abd Majid
WORK to complete the abandoned Taman Dagang will only begin when at least 80 per cent of the house buyers has signed undertaking letters deferring their rights for claims under the sales and purchase agreement. So far, between 400 and 500 of the 1,060 buyers of the housing project in Ampang have signed the undertaking letter, said developer KAB corporation. The developer is calling for a dialogue session with the buyers on January 15 to clear their doubts over signing the letter.

Ting: Project account rules to be enforced soon  09/01/1991 BT
THE long-awaited Housing Project Account Regulations drawn up to project house buyers from unscrupulous developers and reduce the incidence of abandoned housing projects will be enforced soon. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday he will sign the new law soon and promised to have it gazetted by June.

City Hall to buy unsold houses 09/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall plans to buy privately developed low and medium-cost houses meant for but not taken up by Bumiputeras, Datuk Bandar Tan Sri Elyas omar said. This was to ensure the developers would not lose and the houses would not go to non-Bumiputeras, he told reporters here a dialogue with the Federal Territory branch of the Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He said City Hall planned to implement the proposal this year and would act as trustee and sell the houses if and when there were Bumiputeras keen on them or rent them out. Tan Sri Elyas said many developers sought City Hall's permission to sell the 30 per cent of units built allocated to Bumiputeras to other races to cover costs. The problem of non-Bumiputera owning Bumiputera-alloted houses had been going on for several years now, he said. City Hall had completed a plan to build factories for light industries on a 20ha site in the mukim of Batu, half of which would be allotted to Bumiputera entrep eneurs and the rest to others, including foreigners. Tan Sri Elyas said City Hall would also build low-cost flatted factories for Bumiputeras. - Bernama

No buyer for houses 11/01/1991 BT
THERE may have been grouses over the difficulties faced in buying a house but not many are aware that at least 2,000 low-cost units in Penang are without takers. State Housing and Public Amenities Committee chairman Zakaria Bakar said yesterday these units, mostly located in Seberang Perai and remote areas, are available for immediate occupation. "Many people are reluctant to stay in places which are far from their work place but my advice is that they should change their attitude," he told reporters in Penang. They should realise that the remote areas will soon be developed given the rapid industrialisation, Encik Zakaria said. He said those who had applied for houses should check with the State Housing Division on the status of their applications.

House buyers urged to defer claims 11/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Purchasers of the abandoned Taman Dagang housing project in Ampang Jaya have been urged to defer claims for liquidated damages against the developer so that the project can be revived. Ampang Jaya MP Ong Tee Keat told a Press conference at Wisma MCA today that Bank Negara had approved a $6.3 million soft loan to the developer, KAB Corporation Sdn Bhd, under its abandoned housing project fund announced last June.

Developer calling for dialogue with buyers 11/01/1991 BT By Khaidir Abd Majid
WORK to complete the abandoned Taman Dagang will only begin when at least 80 per cent of the house buyers has signed undertaking letters deferring their rights for claims under the sales and purchase agreement. So far, between 400 and 500 of the 1,060 buyers of the housing project in Ampang have signed the undertaking letter, said developer KAB corporation. The developer is calling for a dialogue session with the buyers on January 15 to clear their doubts over signing the letter.

Provide facilities, builders told 16/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Housing developers should ensure basic amenities are provided when handing over houses to buyers, Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Haji Anuar Abdul Latif said today. He advised buyers on their part to insist on these basic needs if they had not been provided on completion of the houses.

Tindakan tegas ke atas pemilik rumah degil 16/01/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kerajaan Selangor akan terus mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap pemilik rumah kos rendah yang enggan membayar ansuran mereka, kata Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Haji Muhd Taib. "Kedegilan pemilik membayar ansuran masing-masing menyebabkan tunggakan hingga Disember lalu berjumlah $26,750,214.

Warning to errant house-owners 16/01/1991 BT
THE Selangor Government has warned errant owners of low-cost houses under the state's low-cost housing scheme to pay up forthwith arrears accumulated over the years or face legal action. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Haji Muhammad Taib said as at end-December last year, the State Government was owed $26.7 million in instalment arrears.

MB warns buyers of low-cost houses 16/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Buyers of public low-cost houses in Selangor who fail to settle their instalment arrears despite repeated reminders may have the ownership to their homes revoked. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said today the State Government would give the houses to others on the waiting list.

Kedudukan pemaju diteliti 16/01/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kerajaan Selangor akan meneliti latar belakang pemaju perumahan di negeri itu sebelum meluluskan projek mereka bagi memastikan ia tidak tergendala, kata Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Haji Muhd Taib. "Kerajaan tidak boleh berbuat apa-apa terhadap projek yang diluluskan selama ini sekalipun terbengkalai, menyebabkan pembeli menghadapi masalah di segi kewangan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan projek perumahan Taman Kinrara Seksyen 2, dekat sini, hari ini.

Last chance to sign release forms 17/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - House buyers in Taman Dagang, Ampang, who failed to turn up last month to sign the release forms to rehabilitate the housing project abondoned five years ago have been given the last chance. They are to turn up on Saturday at 4pm at Block A, Taman Dagang Phase 2, to sign up.

Project suspended 18/01/1991 NST
* WORK on a housing project for police constables at Section 8, Petaling Jaya, has been suspended as the contractor has abandoned it, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Megat Junid Megat Ayub said yesterday. He said a fresh tender was given to another contractror in December last year. To a question from Dr V. David (DAP-Puchong), Datuk Megat Junid said the project was expected to be completed by the end of the year.

House buyers `left in the lurch' 21/01/1991 NST
PENANG, Sun. - Residents of Taman Sri Kumbar are having sleepless nights thinking of their houses which have yet to be issued with certificates of fitness (CF) for occupation by the Penang Island Municipal Council. They also claimed to have been left in a lurch as a sewerage plant constructed by the developer in the housing estate is too near their houses.

Don't be greedy, co-ops told 21/01/1991 NST
SEREMBAN, Sun. - A total of 7,000 units of uncompleted houses in the State have been abandoned because the relevant co-operatives and business bodies "bite off more than they can chew", Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said today. He said having the necessary expertise and right attitude was essential to achieve success in any business endeavour.

Ada koperasi gagal laksana projek 21/01/1991 BH
SEREMBAN, Ahad -Ada koperasi di negeri ini gagal melaksanakan projek mereka kerana tidak memiliki kepakaran di samping wujudnya sikap tidak jujur ahli lembaga pengarahnya, kata Menteri Besar, Datuk Haji Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. "Ia banyak dikesan berlaku dalam projek perumahan," katanya ketika berucap merasmikan mesyuarat agung Koperasi Pembangunan Daerah Seremban Gotong-Royong Bhd, di sini petang semalam.

Co-op Department informed 22/01/1991 NST
COMPLAINTS from three buyers of units in the abandoned Taman Kobena housing scheme in Cheras have been brought to the attention of the Co-operative Development Department for action. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Osu Sukam said that was all his Ministry could do as the housing developer was a co-operative registered under the Co-operatives Ordinance 1948. Replying to a question from Mr Tan Kok Wai (DAP-Sungai Besi), he said the project did not come under his Ministry's jurisdiction and thus the Housing Developers' Act (Control and Licencing) 1966 did not apply.

Only 40pc of projects sent reports to DOE 23/01/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Only 40 per cent of the developers whose projects are subject to Environment Impact Studies (EIA) have submitted reports to the Department of Environment for review over the past 33 months. Science, Environment and Technology Minister Law Hieng Ding said today the DOE had received 160 EIA reports, including four Risk Assessment Reports, since the implementation of the Environmental Quality (Prescribed Activities) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Order, 1987 in April 1988.

Probe into faulty houses  24/01/1991 BT 
PAHANG Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob has directed the State housing Committee to investigate and resolve the problems faced by low-cost public housing residents in Bandar Indera Mahkota in Kuantan. The directive was issued following complaints from the residents of large cracks that had developed in the buildings and the faulty sewerage system.

Cracks on ceiling due to pipe leakage 25/01/1991 MM
* MAT is disappointed with the Selangor Development Corporation for not honouring its promise to repair cracks on the ceiling of his apartment in Section 16, Shah Alam. "I repaired the cracks when the problem first cropped up last July but they re-appeared a few months later," he says.

Housing projects 26/01/1991BT
BANK Negara has approved $149 million for the revival of 38 abandoned housing projects in the various states, Housing and Local Government Minister, Dr Ting Chew Peh, said in Kuching yesterday. The money was from a special government fund which still had $151 million, he told reporters after being briefed on the activities of South Kuching City Council.

Housing estates may have to set up action panels 29/01/1991 NST  
PETALING JAYA, Mon. - The Selangor Government may consider introducing legislation to make it compulsory for all housing estates to establish "residents" action committees" to look after the common interests and welfare of residents. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Haji Muhammad Taib said today currently the Government was encouraging the setting up of such committees in various housing areas in the state.

$300m fund to revive abandoned projects 30/01/1991 BT
FOR most people, paying monthly instalments on housing loan take up a hefty portion of their income. For these buyers, the assumption is that the burden will be very much lightened when they move into their new homes. Once the house is completed, they can move in and attain security of tenure for the rest of their life as long as they do not default on heir loans. Paying rent will be a thing of the past.

Hearing postponed 30/01/1991 BT
THE Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday postponed to February 25 an application by a Pantai Towers apartment owner for an order that Metroplex comply with the requirements to enable him to be issued with his strata title as soon as possible. Justice N.H. Chan, who was supposed to hear the application, postponed the matter to enable counsel Balwant Singh Sidhu to study an affidavit served on him by Metroplex on Monday. Mr Balwant Singh represents Mr Sarabjeet Singh Sidhu, who seeks an injuction restraining Metroplex, formerly Realty Development Corporation of Malaysia, from developing the common property

Projek TAH yang terbengkalai dijangka siap Mei 30/01/1991 BH
TAMAN Ampang Hilir (TAH), salah satu projek yang menerima bantuan menerusi skim Tabung Pemulihan Usahawan (TPU), dijangka dapat menyiapkan 114 unit rumah teres kos sederhana yang terbengkalai pembinaannya sejak 1986, pada Mei ini. Pengurus Besar TPU, Haji Supaat Simin, berkata unit-unit berkenaan adalah sebahagian daripada projek perumahan kos rendah, sederhana dan kondominium yang dirancang pembinaannya di kawasan seluas 11.2 hektar.

 

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