housebuyers when they can't move in? 03/01/2002 NST By
Brig Jen (rtd) Datuk Goh Seng Toh
I AM tempted to attach some derogatory nicknames to the Certificate of Fitness
for Occupation (CFO). Time and again I've read about the seemingly insurmountable
problems caused by this document.
Supervise construction work well 05/01/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Architects and engineers must supervise the work of construction
workers to overcome the problem of sub-standard workmanship and materials
used in the construction industry. House Buyers Association secretary-general
Chang Kim Loong said the workers should not work independently as architects
and engineers were entrusted with the task of supervising their work.
Problems with strata
titles the main complaint
15/01/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Problems with strata titles have replaced shoddy workmanship
as the new menace for housebuyers, according to statistics compiled annually
by the House Buyers Association (HBA).
buyers' rights 19/01/2002 NST-PROP
BUYING a home is an important event in a person's life; it is the single biggest
capital investment that a person will undertake in his or her lifetime.
19/01/2002 NST-PROP By Andrew Wong
A sure sign of a progressing nation is the ability of its people to comment
upon and yes, even criticise their environment.
dim view of RM60m lighting bill 04/02/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The decision by the Government to allocate RM2mil to each of
the 30 municipal councils for decorative items and lighting to attract tourists
during the festive seasons is deemed “excessive” by various organisations.
New Act to protect housebuyer
19/02/2002 The Star
A NEW Act to further consolidate housing development and protect housebuyers
was gazetted on Jan 31 after two years of discussions.
Rehda to list eligible properties
23/02/2002 The Star By Sim Leoi Leoi and Clarence Chua
House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said that the waiver
should apply to all projects and not confined to those under the three associations.
Seeking end to Belvedere
Condo strata title dispute 27/02/2002 NST-CITY
House Buyers Association representative Datuk Zainuddin Bachik said since
the additional areas were not asked for by the buyers, the amount should be
house buyers adequately for late delivery
12/03/2002 NST By S.C. Hooi Kuala Lumpur
I WISH to applaud the efforts made by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government
and the House Buyers Association to amend the law to protect future house
"how-to" 29/03/2002 MM
THE launch of the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) yesterday also saw the introduction
of a new book for house buyers. The "House Buyers Guide" is published by the
House Buyers Association (HBA), which will also be participating at HOC 2002.
Beyond cloak and daggers
06/04/2002 NST-PROP By Andrew Wong
IT was during the press conference announcing the launch of the Home Ownership
Campaign 2002 that I realised the extent of image-building needed by developers.
Rewards, contests to woo house buyers
09/04/2002 MM By Dennis Chua
Present were Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Peter Chin,
HBA secretary-general Chang Kim Loong, and Runcit chairman Mohamad Safie Mohamad
Tips on buying
quality homes 09/04/2002 MM
HOC 2002 marks the first major house buyers' fair where the House Buyers Association
(HBA) is educating consumers in a major way. Association secretary-general
Chang Kim Loong said HOC 2002 would be the venue for HBA to expose house buyers
to a new guide book aimed at creating awareness of their rights and responsibilities.
Pemaju suka ambil kesempatan
21/04/2002 Harian Metro
Saranan Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk M Kayveas,
supaya kuota 30 peratus lot rumah Bumiputera dikurangkan berikutan kegagalan
menjuaInya, mendapat reaksi banyak pihak.
Help for housebuyers
Many prospective house buyers usually have little knowledge of what aspects
to look for when they are ready to acquire a home.
`Make it mandatory to build larger
low-cost homes' 29/04/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The House Buyers Association (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor)
says the Government should make it mandatory for developers to build houses
which have at least three bedrooms, two toilets, a kitchen and a hall.
loophole on parks, govt urged 24/05/2002 The Star
Several associations have urged the Government to close a loophole that virtually
allows state and local governments a free hand in redeveloping a designated
Why strata titles are important
25/05/2002 The Star
Strata title is one of the title structure of ownership and control over property.
It is usually applied to subdivided buildings or complexes such as high-rise
buildings, town houses, duplexes, flats, apartments, condominiums and commercial
Manpower not house buyers’ problem
12/08/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: House buyers should not be the victims when developers face
an acute shortage of manpower due to the recent exodus of illegal foreign
workers, said House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong.
Group: Finish houses
on time 18/08/2002
PETALING JAYA: Low-cost houses should be completed on time to protect buyers
from additional costs which could eventually lead to projects being abandoned,
said the House Buyers Association.
Trust funds to revive projects 26/08/2002
THE HOUSE Buyers Association (HBA) wants the Housing and Local Government
Ministry to administer trust funds into which all money raised for rehabilitation
of abandoned housing projects could go into. HBA secretary-general Chang Kim
Loong said this would ensure that funds allocated to revive a housing project
was used only for that project.
Criticism 07/09/2002 NST-PROP By Andrew Wong
A case in point: the House Buyer’s Association has been a vocal champion of
consumers’ rights and developers’ wrongs.
No to build
then sell 21/09/2002 NST-PROP
THE build then sell concept is not applicable in Malaysia now as the country's
property market has yet to mature and there is still strong demand for housing,
said Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) president Datuk
Move to waive stamp duty
lauded 12/10/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers associations lauded the government’s move to waive
stamp duty for low-cost houses, saying it will enable more low-income buyers
to own a home.
Groups: Strictly enforce
laws 24/10/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The authorities have been urged to strictly enforce environmental
laws in view of the increase in landslides throughout the country lately.
Amended law is
more protective of house buyers 14/11/2002 NST By
Chang Kim Loong
WE refer to L.C.F.'s letter (NST, Nov 7, 2002) and we sympathise with the
problems that his son is facing after being told to take possession of his
Developers’ woes self-inflicted
18/11/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Developers’ claims that they stand to lose as much as RM1.2bil
in late delivery penalty charges are self-inflicted, National House Buyers
Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said.
Minister won’t extend deadline
for developers 19/11/2002 The
KUALA LUMPUR: Developers will not be exempted from making penalty payments
to house buyers for late delivery due to the shortage of construction workers.
‘Make geological reports
mandatory’ 22/11/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: Two consumer groups want the Government to make it mandatory
for developers to furnish a geological report before approving new housing
house buyers access to tribunal 24/11/2002 Sunday
THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) welcomes Housing and Local Government
Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting’s recent announcement that the amended Housing
Development Act will take effect from Dec 1.
Buyers happy but developers
brace for problems 02/12/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The changes to the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing)
(Amendment) Act are consumer-friendly and will benefit both housebuyers and
developers, said National Housebuyers Association (HBA) secretary-general
Chang Kim Loong.
should be allowed to hear all cases 09/12/2002 NST
By Chang Kim Loong
THE National Housebuyers Association Malaysia (HBA) welcomes the announcement
by Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting that the
amended Housing Development Act would take effect from Dec 1.
Service apartment buyers
not protected by new law 16/12/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: With the demand for service apartments on the rise, many buyers
of such property are unaware that they do not enjoy the protection accorded
to purchasers of condominiums, apartments and other non-commercial property
under the law.