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  1. Why penalise 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.

  2. Association: 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Championing 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.

  5. Consumer rules 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.

  6. Groups take 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 waived.

  10. Compensate 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 buyers.

  11. House buyers "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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 Jaffri.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Help for housebuyers 25/04/2002 NST-PROP
    Many prospective house buyers usually have little knowledge of what aspects to look for when they are ready to acquire a home.

  17. `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.

  18. Plug 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 green lung.

  19. 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 buildings. 

  20. 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.

  21. Group: Finish houses on time 18/08/2002 

  22. The Star 
    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.

  23. Trust funds to revive projects 26/08/2002 MM
    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.

  24. Constructive 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.

  25. 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 Jeffrey Ng.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.  

  28. 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 house.

  29. Association: 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.  

  30. Minister won’t extend deadline for developers 19/11/2002 The Star
    KUALA LUMPUR: Developers will not be exempted from making penalty payments to house buyers for late delivery due to the shortage of construction workers. 

  31. ‘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 projects.

  32. Give all house buyers access to tribunal 24/11/2002 Sunday Star
    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.

  33. 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. 

  34. Housing tribunal 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.

  35. 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.  

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