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National soil erosion risk map ready by June All reports on "CAP-SAM National Conference: State of the Malaysian Environment 1996" 08/01/1996 NST
PENANG, Sun. - A national soil erosion risk map, identifying highly sensitive areas to protect them against development and calamity, is being drawn up by the Government. The task, undertaken by the Agriculture Ministry, is scheduled for completion by June. The map will then be made available to the public.

Cracks on walls: Developer told to stop work 05/01/1997 NSUNT
CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Sat. - The Cameron Highlands district office has ordered a developer in Brinchang to stop work on an apartment project following the detection of cracks on the walls of a nearby post office and kindergarten. District officer Razali Ahmad, who visited the post office and kindergarten yesterday, ordered Temerloh-based Rega Vesc Sdn Bhd to stop piling work immediately.

Council: Cracks on apartments not linked to road collapse 06/01/1996 MM
THE cracks on apartments in Bandar Baru Selayang are not due to a nearby road that collapsed on New Year's Day. Gombak District Council secretary Slamat Hamzah said consultants who checked the apartments following the incident had assured them of this

Safety first priority, says MB 08/01/1996 NST
SHAH ALAM, Sun. - The State Government today called on developers, consultants and relevant government departments involved in projects near slopes and highrise areas to give due consideration to safety before commencing work. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said it was important that all aspects including geological patterns, underground water flow and water pockets be looked into carefully before work on projects began.

Contractor ordered to take remedial measures 09/01/1997 NST-LTIMES
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council has directed the contractor carrying out construction of a monsoon drain in Kampung Sri Tanjung to take steps to arrest erosion near residents' homes. Council public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad (above) said officers inspected the site yesterday following complaints that cracks had developed at a house beside the ditch.

Sirim to assist CIDB on industry standards 10/01/1996 BT
THE Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (Sirim) will assist the Construction and Industry Development Board (CIDB) in developing quality standards for the construction industry. Among the areas identified are standardisation, certification, inspection, product and material testing, evaluation, product and material development, exchange of information, expertise and training.

Local councils given 14 days to issue CFs 11/01/1996  NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Cabinet has directed all local authorities to issue certificates of fitness (CFs) to housing developers within 14 days provided all technical conditions are met, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. He said the directive followed a thorough study by the ministry and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) which found that "many house owners are made to wait for indefinite periods to occupy their houses, even after receiving their keys from the developers".

Problems ahead for buyers 12/01/1996 MM
PROPERTY buyers are being forced to fork out a few hundred ringgit more to pay for penalty interest - all because of the closure of the Shah Alam Land Office for a month to facilitate their shifting. Buyers also face having their sales and purchase agreement terminated as well as losing their deposits due to a standstill in transaction on land matters.

`PJ can meet two-week CF requirement' 12/01/1996 NST-LTIMES
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) has no problem in meeting the Cabinet directive to issue certificates of fitness (CFs) for housing projects within 14 days provided all technical conditions are met. MPPJ president Mohamad Nor Bador said as far as the council was concerned, issuing CFs had never been a problem.

Developers may have to pay deposit 12/01/1996 MM
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) may impose a deposit on housing developers as an assurance that they meet all building requirements before a Certificate of Fitness (CF) is issued. MPPJ president Mohd Nor Bador said this was to protect housebuyers' from scrupulous developers.

RM4j pulih rumah kos rendah 13/01/1996 HM
TAIPING: Sejumlah RM4 juta diperlukan untuk memulihkan 247 unit rumah teres kos rendah di Kamunting yang terbengkalai pembinaannya sejak tujuh tahun lalu. Rumah terbabit di Taman Bistari, Kamunting Jaya, dekat sini dibina pada 1989 dan sepatutnya siap dan boleh diduduki pada 1990.

Repair work to start on Sri Langkawi flats 14/01/1997 MM
AFTER years of complaints from residents of Sri Langkawi Flats, Km10 Jalan Gombak, over a cavernous crack at the base of their buildings, City Hall will finally do the repairs. It has allocated RM800,000 for the job.

Give priority to safety, developers told 15/01/1997 NST
KUANTAN, Tues. - Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Hasan Arifin today took to task developers who failed to take precautionary measures when carrying out projects resulting in cracks appearing in nearby buildings. He said such problems would not arise if they followed the specifications and building standards strictly.

Tragedy in soil loss 17/01/1996 NST-LTIMES
MALAYSIA is losing a colossal amount of fertile top soil every year. Soil scientists say more than 18.5 million hectares or 57 per cent of our land is being severely eroded and we are losing it at the rate of about 150 tonnes per hectare per year. The main culprit is large-scale development, especially in the highlands where roads, resorts and houses are being constructed.

Cracks in Komtar prompt stop work call 18/01/1997 NST
PENANG, Fri. - The discovery of more cracks in Komtar and areas around it, believed to be due to construction work at the adjacent Prangin Mall complex, has prompted the Consumers Association of Penang to call for a temporary halt to its construction. CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris said today the Penang Island Municipal Council should issue a stop work order on the eight-storey shopping mall pending geo-technical investigation of the project's surrounding areas.

Pulih projek rumah 18/01/1996 HM
KANGAR: Semua projek perumahan di negeri ini yang di kenal pasti terbengkalai sejak beberapa tahun lalu akan dipulih semula dalam tahun ini, kata Pengerusi Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Khor Liang Tee. Menurutnya, kini sekurang-kurangnya lapan projek perumahan dijangka dipulih semula membabitkan perbelanjaan berjuta ringgit.

Bid to charge developers for causing floods 22/01/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Efforts have been begun to control floods more effectively and enable the Government to charge developers for floods caused by their projects. This will be made possible by a new computer-aided Hydrological Information System (HIS) which the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) started recently that maps water catchment areas.

Malacca to impose property levy on foreign buyers 25/01/1996 BT
THE Malacca Government will be imposing the RM100,000 levy on foreigners who are second buyers of properties costing RM250,000 and above. The State Government reached the decision after the weekly State Executive Councillors' meeting chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani. The decision was made after studying all the implications.

Penang to probe cause of cracks at Komtar 25/01/1997 NST
PENANG, Fri. - The State Government will investigate whether the cracks that have developed at the Komtar building are the result of piling work at the adjoining Prangin Mall project. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said while the State would not compromise on public safety, an investigation had to be carried out to determine if the piling works had anything to do with the cracks at the Komtar building.

9 projek rumah dibaik pulih 27/01/1996 HM By Kamudin Bahrom
KANGAR: Sembilan projek perumahan terbengkalai sejak beberapa tahun lalu membabitkan 1,068 unit dengan kos
keseluruhannya RM64.5 juta di negeri ini akan dipulihkan tahun ini. Pengerusi Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Khor Liang Tee berkata, antara projek dianggap terbesar ialah projek Taman Khas Melati di Beseri membabitkan rumah teres, rumah kedai, kos sederhana dan kos tinggi membabitkan sebanyak 326 unit.

Ministry gets tough over wilful CF delays 29/01/1996 NST
GOPENG, Sun. - Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh today warned that action could be taken against civil servants who deliberately delay the issuance of Certificate of Fitness to housing developers in spite of all technical conditions being met. "Local authorities should not find excuses to delay the issuance once the housing developers have submitted all the documents," Ting said during his visit to his parliamentary constituency here.

Johor ruling on foreign housebuyers 30/01/1996 NST
JOHOR BARU, Mon. - Foreigners buying houses in Johor from another foreigner will also be subjected to the RM100,000 levy with immediate effect. Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman, who announced this today, said the move was aimed at curbing speculation in house prices by foreign buyers.

Pemaju 28 projek rumah disenaraihitam 30/01/1996 BH
KOTA KINABALU, Isnin - Sebanyak 28 projek perumahan dikenal pasti terbengkalai di seluruh negeri sejak 1986 dan
pemajunya kini menghadapi tindakan untuk disenaraihitamkan. Sehubungan itu, Kementerian Kerajaan Tempatan dan
Perumahan negeri akan meminta penjelasan daripada pemaju terbabit mengenai punca kegagalan menyiapkan projek itu.

 

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