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Developer gets one week to replace faulty switch 03/01/2000  MM
THE developer of the Desa Serdang flats has been given a week to replace a faulty main switch which caused a two-day blackout that affected 150 residents last Thursday. Serdang MP Datuk Yap Pian Hon said the developer, Ampang Ukays Sdn Bhd, had failed to replace the switch despite advice from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

Abandoned hotel project poses danger 04/01/2000 NST SEREMBAN, Mon. - Motorists using busy Jalan Rahang near here are seriously concerned about their safety each time they pass an abandoned hotel project. The proposed high-rise budget hotel project poses a serious hazard to passing road users and pedestrians as conditions seem to have worsened after being abandoned during the country's economic crisis more than a year ago.

Kementerian jadi orang tengah pertelingkahan pemaju-pembeli 06/01/2000 BH
KEMENTERIAN Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Berita Harian kerana menyediakan ruangan khas kepada Kementerian untuk memberi bimbingan kepada pembeli rumah. Melalui ruangan ini diharapkan bakal pembeli rumah lebih memahami hak dan peranan mereka serta dapat membuat pertimbangan yang betul sebelum membuat keputusan untuk membeli rumah

Developers who fail to implement projects go on blacklist 06/01/2000  BT
HOUSING developers in Kedah who fail to implement projects from now on will not have their applications for new projects approved, said Menteri Besar Datuk Syed Razak Syed Zain. He said such housing developers would be blacklisted by the state government and their failure to implement the projects would also be reported to the Housing Developers Association.

Rayu segera CF rumah 06/01/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Lebih 130 pemilik rumah projek fasa tiga, Zon 8 (Nikmat I & II) Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, merayu pihak berkuasa tempatan menyegerakan proses pengeluaran Sijil Layak Menduduki (CF) bagi projek itu kerana ia sudah boleh diduduki Oktober lalu. Mereka berpendapat langkah itu perlu bagi membolehkan pemilik menduduki rumah itu segera selepas menanggung pelbagai kos pembiayaan pinjaman ketika kegawatan ekonomi, dua tahun lalu.

Growing worry over cracks 06/01/2000 NST-CITY
WHEN USJ 19 residents moved into their pricey homes in 1997, they ignored the hairline cracks that appeared on the walls of their homes. Today, about 40 houses in the area have huge cracks on the walls and even the floors.

Projek terbengkalai mungkin ditarik balik 07/01/2000 BH
ALOR STAR, Khamis - Kerajaan Kedah kemungkinan menarik balik projek perumahan yang diberi kepada beberapa syarikat sejak tahun lalu, kerana masih gagal melaksanakan sebarang pembangunan di kawasan ditetapkan. Pemaju itu juga tidak akan dipertimbangkan mendapat sebarang projek baru selain menghalang mereka yang hanya mengejar keuntungan tetapi syarikatnya bermasalah.

Misleading advertisement by housing developer 07/01/2000 NST
MY family went to Puchong recently in response to a newspaper advertisement about the sale of apartments called Cempaka. The newspaper advertisement stated that the new blocks of flats were now open for sale, and as it was a Sunday, we went early.

Lawyer: Water caused Highland Tower collapse 07/01/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The lawyer for developer Highland Properties Sdn Bhd told the High Court today that water was the major cause of the collapse of Block 1 that killed 48 people on Dec 11, 1993. In a written submission to the court, counsel A.D. Rajah said it was a fact that Block 1 had collapsed after a prolonged period of heavy rain which contributed to a landslide.

Condo owner allowed to void agreement 10/01/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The High Court has allowed a condominium owner to void a sale and purchase agreement he entered into with a bank because the project developer had not obtained the necessary permits and licences.

Rumah murah belum siap 15/01/2000 BH By Penduduk Labis
LANGKAH kerajaan memastikan setiap pemaju perumahan menyediakan rumah kos rendah bagi setiap projek wajar dipuji. Malangnya ada pemaju yang tidak peka hal ini. Ini kerana rumah kos sederhana dan mahal dapat disiapkan tetapi rumah murah terbengkalai. Rumah bukan kos rendah sudah diduduki hampir setahun manakala rumah kos rendah tidak diselesaikan pembinaannya.

Pelabur risau syarikat lesap 17/01/2000 BH By Yang Terkilan
SAYA adalah seorang pelabur satu skim yang dikendalikan oleh sebuah syarikat yang berdaftar di luar negara. Tertarik dengan skim itu yang mempunyai ciri-ciri keislaman, saya turut serta melabur untuk persediaan masa depan. Malangnya, sehingga kini projek yang sepatutnya dijangka siap pada 1998 tiada kedengaran khabar beritanya. Pada peringkat awal, saya sebagai pelabur mendapat tahu mengenai perkembangan projek itu melalui surat dan kad hari raya yang dihantar oleh pihak syarikat cawangan Kuala Lumpur. Pelbagai perkembangan dan berita menarik digembar-gemburkan mengenai projek itu dan kami sebagai pelabur amat gembira dengannya.

Serah pelan Wangsa Maju 17/01/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Laporan lengkap mengandungi cadangan pembangunan kawasan Parlimen Wangsa Maju dalam jangka masa lima tahun akan dikemukakan kepada Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumur (DBKL) Februari ini. Laporan itu yang turut mengandungi masalah penduduk termasuk setinggan, penjaja dan projek terbengkalai, akan diserahkan kepada Datuk Bandar, Tan Sri Kamaruzzaman Shariff, untuk tindakan lanjut.

Pemaju pangsapuri Sri Angkasa mungkir janji 18/01/2000 BH
SAYA penduduk/pemilik kediaman di pangsapuri Sri Angkasa, Taman Alam Megah, Shah Alam amat kesal dengan Majlis Perbandaran Shah Alam (MPSA) dan pihak pemaju berhubung masalah kelulusan Sijil Menduduki Bangunan (CF). Saya dan pemilik yang lain dipanggil untuk penyerahan kunci rumah pada 13 Jun 1999 iaitu tarikh tamatnya perjanjian Jual-Beli selama tiga tahun (Jun 1996-Jun 1999).

All `cracked up' over USJ houses 24/01/2000 MM
SEVERAL houses in USJ19, Subang Jaya, are cracking up, forcing at least three house owners to abandon their RM300,000 double-storey terrace houses. Twenty others are hoping they will not have to follow suit. And those who are staying put are living in fear each time they see new cracks appearing on their walls.

Independent centre to help housebuyers 24/01/2000 NST By Annie Freeda Cruez
SHAH ALAM, Sun. - An independent body, the Institute of Construction Quality Control Consultants Malaysia, has come forward to resolve housebuyers' woes, including project delays, abandonment and structural defects. ICQC will offer its services to housebuyers in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang beginning today, and nationwide from March 1.

Review of laws on housing to be carried out 26/01/2000 NST
MUAR, Tues. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is reviewing all existing legislation to incorporate additional safeguards to protect the interests of house buyers.

Land Office rapped for losing strata titles 27/01/2000 NST-CITY
BUKIT Gasing State Assemblyman Dr Lim Thuang Seng has taken the Petaling Land Office to task for losing more than 250 strata titles belonging to residents of Happy Mansion, Section 17, Petaling Jaya. He said the residents have been waiting for more than 20 years for their strata titles.

Pemaju perlu miliki lesen, permit jualan 27/01/2000 BH
PEMAJUAN perumahan di Semenanjung Malaysia tertakluk di bawah Akta Pemaju Perumahan (Kawalan dan Pelesenan) 1966 dan Peraturan Pemaju Perumahan (Kawalan dan Pelesenan) 1989. Akta/Peraturan itu dikuatkuasakan bertujuan untuk menjaga kepentingan pembeli rumah. Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) telah dipertanggungjawabkan menguatkuasakan Akta dan Peraturan tersebut

Give `em solid protection 27/01/2000 NST
THE proposed review of the existing laws pertaining to housing is long overdue.

Bungalow plot purchasers want refund back 28/01/2000 The Star
Two purchasers want a developer to refund their downpayments totalling RM30,000 for two bungalow plots in Padang Meha, Kulim, as the project appears to have been abandoned.

Dialogue with officials of Housing Ministry 28/01/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - About 220 people from 91 organisations took part in a closed-door two-day dialogue with the Housing and Local Government Ministry in a hotel in Seri Kembangan starting today. Participants include representatives from professional bodies, community and residential organisations, universities, Government departments and corporate organisations.

Institut kaji pembangunan rumah ditubuh 29/01/2000 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan akan menubuhkan Institut Penyelidikan Penempatan Penduduk dan Perbandaran (Mahsuri) bagi tujuan penyelidikan dan pembangunan dalam bidang perumahan. Menterinya, Datuk Ong Ka Ting berkata pihaknya akan bekerjasama dengan Lembaga Pembangunan Industri Pembinaan Malaysia (CIDB) untuk menyalurkan kemahiran dalam bidang itu.

R&D body to improve the quality of houses 29/01/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will set up a research and development institute to find ways to improve the quality of houses and reduce prices. Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said the Malaysian Human Settlement and Urbanisation Research Institute (Mahsuri) will work closely with the Commercial Industry Development Board.

Details of developers, projects on Internet 29/01/2000 NST
IN an effort to make housing developers' activities more transparent, the Housing and Local Government Ministry will post the details of housing developers and their approved projects on its website. Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said the move would enable the public to check the credentials and particulars of housing developers via the Internet. It is also expected to benefit housing developers in providing information on planned projects in the vicinity of their developments.

Institute for housing sector to be set up 29/01/2000 BT
AN INSTITUTE to undertake in-depth studies on the housing industry will be set up soon, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting disclosed yesterday. He said the Malaysian Human Settlement and Urban Research Insititute (Mahsuri) will be set up soon in collaboration with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

Owners want action ... fast 30/01/2000 SUM
"GIVE us an action plan and time-frame on how the life-threatening cracks in our houses will be attended to!" This was the stand taken yesterday by the pro-tem committee for the 26 house owners in USJ 18 in Subang Jaya, Selangor, whose houses have serious cracks.

 

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