National soil erosion risk map ready by June All reports
on "CAP-SAM National Conference: State of the Malaysian Environment 1996"
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
Cracks on walls: Developer told to
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
Council: Cracks on apartments not
linked to road collapse
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
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
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
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
inspection, product and material
testing, evaluation, product and
material development, exchange of
information, expertise and training.
given 14 days to issue CFs
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
Tragedy in soil loss
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
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.
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
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
Malacca to impose property levy on
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
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
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
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
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
projek rumah disenaraihitam 30/01/1996
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.