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Architect to meet council on project 05/01/1995 NST-CITYX
THE owners of an unapproved construction project in Bukit Rasah have finally contacted the Seremban Municipal Council after repeated warnings and compound fines issued by the local authority. The council's senior engineer Jamil Ibrahim said the owners of Lots 8573 and 8574 had written to the council to say they were prepared to meet the council on the matter.

Permanent reserves rule ignored by States 09/01/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Despite pledges to protect the environment and preserve the forests, State Governments continued to degazette large tracts of permanent forest reserves in the peninsula. Between 1986 and last year they degazetted 144,406 hectares of permanent forest reserves, which is almost the size of Malacca.

Sub-contractor beats the odds to revive cheap housing project 10/01/1995 NST-CITYX
BATTLING against all odds, a printer-cum-sub contractor has succeeded in reviving an abandoned low-cost housing project in Penang. Among the hurdles he had to face were stoppage of loans, squatter problems, lapse of the various plans and, to top it all, a tussle between the company's partners.

Ting: Developers cannot force renovations on buyers 15/01/1995 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - Developers cannot force low-cost house buyers to accept renovations some of which cost more than the initial price of the house, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said. He said this in response to a complaint by a buyer that a developer here was selling a low-cost unit in his scheme for RM52,000 when the price in his advertisement was RM25,000. The extra cost was supposed to be for renovations to the house. "Developers must abide by the Housing Developers' Regulations. They cannot force consumers into accepting renovations. That is the privilege of buyers

Setting standards for finished houses 16/01/1995 NST
WE are moving towards an age of quality, relentlessly, irrevocably and rapidly. That the quality of product meets specifications or standards of design, planning, development, production, installation as well as post- sale inspection. We have 200 international institutes of standards. They have, since 1946, worked out quality specifications for 24,000 products. The International Standard Organisation's 9000 series certificates are now sine qua non before many products can gain entry into 125 countries. Locally, the Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) has issued certificates to 2,037 products.

Perak perluas kawasan industri 16/01/1995 BH By Fazil Arman
SUNGAI SIPUT, Ahad - Kerajaan Perak memperluaskan kawasan pembangunan perindustrian dan perdagangannya ke Sungai Siput berikutan masalah kekurangan tanah di Ipoh. Pegawai Daerah Majlis Daerah Kuala Kangsar (MDKK), Lokman Hakim Mohd Jasan, berkata kawasan seluas 60 hekar di Sungai Siput sudah diperuntukkan untuk melaksanakan projek perindustrian terbabit.

Ketua Menteri beri tempoh 16/01/1995 HM By Wan Sabariah Shikh Ali
MELAKA: Ketua Menteri, Datuk Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani, memberi tempoh tiga bulan kepada Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka (PKNM) untuk menyiapkan 34 unit rumah Taman Kelemak Jaya, Alor Gajah yang terbengkalai 12 tahun lalu. Beliau berkata, kontraktor baru yang akan dilantik oleh PKNM untuk menyiapkan 27 peratus kerja yang belum siap mestilah berupaya menyempurnakannya dalam tempoh sesingkat mungkin.

Let's have the truth about forest reserves 17/01/1995 NST
THE State governments had a rude awakening last Monday. Their tree chopping spree for the last eight years to enrich their coffers was finally exposed. Permanent forest reserves (PFR) almost the size of Malacca in the peninsula had been degazetted and what we know is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps such a revelation is not so much that we ought to be surprised but rather to see how much the State governments are willing to own up.

Measure to keep developers in line 26/01/1995 NST By Alex Choong
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - There is a built-in safety mechanism to ensure that housing developers open the mandatory housing development accounts, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. No housing developer, he said, would be issued with the sales and advertising permits if they could not produce their bank account numbers.

Malacca to make land conversion for housing mandatory 04/01/1995 BT
THE Malacca Government will take stringent measures to make it mandatory for housing developers to have the land status converted from agriculture to housing before any project can take off. Chief Minister, Datuk Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani said yesterday the State Government needs to update the procedures in the implementation of housing projects to avoid loopholes and ensure buyers get the best deal.


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