Backdating the law
04/01/2003 NST-PROP By Salleh Buang
PROBABLY everyone by now knows that the updated version of the Housing
Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (with its new name) has been
in full force since Dec 1.
House buyers "how-to"
29/03/2002 Malay Mail
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.
"Build then Sell" concept should be adopted in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR March 28 - "Build then Sell" concept should be adopted
in Malaysia to end the house buyers' misery as risk factors would be
shifted from buyers to the developers and financial institutions,
said House Buyers Association (HBA).
Respect Tribunal's decisions
29/03/2003 NST-PROP By Jennifer Gomez
This state of affairs has incurred the ire of the National House Buyers
Association (HBA). HBA secretary-general, Chang Kim Loong said: "The
Housing Tribunal is a deliberate act of Parliament to accord house buyers
a speedy and affordable alternative to seek legal redress against
developers instead of undergoing a costly and lengthy court process."
association lauds Govt's tax rebate move
THE impending measure for buyers of houses below RM160,000, to get tax
rebates under the Government's plan to reduce the residential property
overhang, has received support from the Malaysian National House Buyers
Association. Its secretary-general, Chang Kim Loong, said the move would
not only make owning a home more affordable for those from the lower and
middle income groups, but also encourage home ownership among the groups.
22/05/2003 The Star
The National House Buyers Association welcomed the stimulus package,
stating that any move that generates savings for housebuyers will be
Lambakan rumah beri peluang pilih kediaman terbaik
KUALA LUMPUR: Lambakan hartanah di pasaran sekarang membolehkan orang
ramai memilih rumah terbaik. Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pembeli Rumah
Kebangsaan, Chang Kim Loong, berkata program Harapan Rakyat Memiliki
Perumahan (Harapan) yang diperkenalkan dalam pakej baru rangsangan ekonomi
memberi banyak kelebihan kepada pembeli.
National House Buyers Association welcomes measures in stimulus package
THE National House Buyers Association welcomes the measures for the
housing sector but cautioned potential buyers to avoid getting carried
away by the incentives.
Purchasers push for build-and-sell system
The National House Buyers Association has been advocating the
build-and-sell concept for quite sometime now.
Housebuyers end up losers in claims
National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong
says the award of the tribunal should be final as stated in the Act. The
Act has no provision for appeal and it only allows the tribunal to refer
to the judge of the High Court a question of law, says Chang.
Shoddy workmanship the main complaint
"I AM so sad and disappointed with my house!" said Brenda, tears of
frustration on her tired face. Like many young couples in their late 20s
and early 30s, Brenda and her husband, Billy, are first-time housebuyers.
Minister would do better to ensure law on strata titles is enforced
NST By Brig Jen (B) Datuk Goh Seng Toh
I READ with dismay the remarks made by the Minister of Land and Co-
operative Development Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam when he put the blame on
developers for not applying and not furnishing adequate information for
the processing and the issuance of strata titles (NST, June 23).
Problems with clogged pipes
01/07/2003 MM By Rita Jong; Sangeetha Nair;
Sushma Veera; Muzliza Mustafa
NGAI, who returned from Hong Kong for good last year, was all set to move
into his own house in Taman Bukit Cheras which he had bought about five
Rebels with a cause
NST-PROP By Andrew Wong
For all the new laws and government
tribunals set up to rein in our
sometimes overzealous property industry,
the only effective enforcement agency
around, capable of righting wrongs and
locking horns with errant bulls, is a
group of professional volunteers called
the National House Buyers Association.
Although the National House Buyers Association (HBA) welcomed the move,
its secretary-general Chang Kim Loong requested that data of newly
launched, abandoned and delayed projects also be provided. "We would also
like to see a list of projects under construction categorised from year
one to three," Chang said.
Kudos to housing legal eagles!
"A BOLD and courageous group who place public interest above self - we
need more Malaysians like them." Disgruntled housebuyers have these words
of praise for a dozen lawyers brought together by the National House
Buyers Association of Malaysia (HBA) to help them in a legal case
affecting the Tribunal for Home Buyers Claims.
Court buyers in a quandary over their properties
HBA secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said they had been informed that the
developer had been declared a bankrupt. HBA said that Syarikat Perumahan
Negara (SPN) should take over the project. "If SPN took over the project,
buyers will enjoy fast track approval and certificate of fitness will be
delivered faster," said Chang.
legal aid in landmark case
28/07/2003 The Star
Kuala Lumpur: A panel of lawyers will offer their services without legal
fees to 50 house buyers who have been named as parties in a landmark High
Court case brought by a developer against the Tribunal for Homebuyers
Rumah: Tribunal tiada kuasa dengar kes
sebelum 1 Dis. 2002
Semua pembeli diwakili oleh tiga peguam
iaitu K.L. Wong, Viola De Cruz dan Mohd.
Noh Nasira. Setiausaha Agung Persatuan
Pembeli Rumah Kebangsaan, Chang Kim
Loong yang turut tidak berpuas hati
dengan keputusan itu meminta agar
Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan
memikirkan soal meminda undang-undang
itu untuk membantu pembeli rumah.
Had kuasa tribunal rumah
Sementara itu, Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Kebangsaan, Chang
Kim Loong memberitahu pemberita mereka akan memfailkan rayuan terhadap
keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi itu.
agrees with developers 05/09/2003
Meanwhile National House Buyers Association (NHBA) secretary general,
Chang Kim Loong, who was present today, expressed shock over the court's
05/09/2003 The Sun
The decision shocked the HBA. Its secretary-general, Chang Kim Loong, said
the tribunal would be useless for two or three years until problems
review of Housing Tribunal
05/09/2003 Press Statement
It is a shock that the Court has allowed the
developers for a judicial review and thus resulting in the Awards granted
by the Housing Tribunal to be quashed on the ground of invalid and void
and of no effect; those pending claims at the Tribunal to be prohibited
and dismissed too.
Housing Tribunal’s mandate ‘not retrospective’ 05/09/2003 The Star
Later, outside the
courtroom, National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim
Loong said they would be appealing against the decision.
rumah hadapi masalah buat tuntutan
Sehubungan itu, Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pembeli Perumahan (HBA), Chang
Kim Loong, menyarankan kerajaan mewujudkan mekanisme khusus untuk
mempertimbangkan tuntutan pembeli rumah yang majoritinya sudah memfailkan
tuntutan di TTPR.
HBA to appeal for
06/09/2003 MM By Pauline Almeida
THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) will appeal against the Kuala
Lumpur High Court's decision on Thursday in which it allowed two housing
developers for a judicial review, resulting in awards made by the Tribunal
For Homebuyer Claims to be quashed.
parcels to prevent abuse
National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said
the gazetting process should be done "in the shortest period of time after
a site has been surrendered to local councils to avoid abuse".
applauds Minister of
Housing & Local Government's action to appeal ruling on Housing Tribunal
10/09/2003 Press Statement
Wait for housing tribunal appeal
13/09/2003 NST-PROP By Nicholas Mun
HOUSE buyers affected by the High Court decision that the housing
tribunal has no jurisdiction to hear claims involving Sale and Purchase
Agreements (SPAs) entered into before Dec 1, 2002 have been advised to
wait for the outcome of the appeal filed on Monday by the
Free legal aid
on landmark case
14/09/2003 Press Statement
peguam bantu pembeli rumah bermasalah
15/09/2003 Berita Harian
KUALA LUMPUR: Pembeli rumah yang mempunyai masalah membuat tuntutan
terhadap pemaju masing-masing menerusi Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah (TTPR)
akan mengemukakan rayuan kepada Mahkamah Tinggi, minggu depan.
Housebuyers get free legal team for appeal
17/09/2003 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The National House Buyers Association (HBA) has assembled a panel of lawyers for the second time to offer free legal services to 50 house buyers appealing against a recent High Court decision, which declared that the housing tribunal has no jurisdiction to adjudicate disputes that arose before Dec 1 last year.
18/09/2003 The Sun
Petaling Jaya: The National House Buyers Association has
proposed a variant of the build-and-sell concept to allay developers'
fears. Its secretary-general, Chang Kim Loong, said yesterday this is the
"pay-for-completed properties" concept where house buyers pay a 10%
A shocking decision
20/09/2003 NST-PROP By Salleh Buang
DEPENDING upon who you are, the recent decision by the Kuala Lumpur High
Court to disallow the Tribunal for Home-buyer Claims from hearing disputes
between two developers and their buyers arising from Sale and Purchase
Agreements signed before Dec 1, 2002 must have either shocked you - or
allowed you to heave a sigh of relief.
agree with pre-application inspection
NOW that all local councils are obliged to issue Certificates of Fitness
for Occupation (CFs) 14 days after an application has been received from a
developer, many agencies are not accepting the applications until after a
project has been physically inspected and approved by them in principal.
hearings until after appeal 20/09/2003 NST-PROP
THE Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims has ground to a halt
with the recent The Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims has ground to a halt
with the recent High Court ruling that it has no retrospective
jurisdiction to hear cases stemming from Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPAs)
signed before Dec 1, 2002.
`Abdullah will be another strong leader'
NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations (NGOs) feel that new Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would be another strong Malaysian leader. The
NGOs call on Pak Lah - as Abdullah is warmly known as - to follow through
with his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Vision 2020, to concentrate
more on people issues and to further strengthen unity.
Early hearing date for Tribunal appeal
THE appeal against the High Court decision that the Tribunal for Homebuyer
Claims has no retrospective jurisdiction is expected to be heard either
next month or in January next year.
Give house buyers a fair deal
01/11/2003 MB By Charles Raj
HOW sure are you that the progressive payments you have been faithfully
making to the housing developer to construct your house are safe? Well,
you can't really be sure, going by the experience of some disgruntled
house buyers of late. Recently, buyers of an abandoned project in the
Klang Valley were up in arms against a developer. Reason: While their
particular project had been abandoned, the developer continued to launch
and sell houses in a new project in that particular housing estate. They
have appealed to the relevant authorities to look into their plight.
Ministry gets tips on duty to buyers
01/11/2003 The Sun By Arion Yeow
Kuala Lumpur: The House Buyers Association has asked the Housing and Local
Government Ministry to take pro-active steps to safeguard the interests of
Sentul Indah house buyers.
Monitoring mechanism sought for quality homes
Meawhile National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim
Loong urged Ong to consider it making a law to ensure that houses are only
delivered after the developers had obtained the CFs from the local
Quality will not suffer, says Ka Ting
27/11/2003 The Star
By Foong Pek Yee and Clarence Chua
House Buyers Association (HBA)
secretary-general Chang Kim Loong was
quoted on Monday as saying that the
association was against the prospect of
allowing architects to certify approved
building plans but it welcomed the move
to eradicate bureaucracy.
`Promote build-then-sell plan'
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The National House Buyers Association today called on
public agencies such as Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd and state economic
development corporations to take the lead in promoting the "build-then-
for house buyers' protection
18/12/2003 Press Statement
Proposal on CF won't affect house buyers
18/12/2003 The Star By Tan Pei Ing
We refer to the objection made by the National House Buyers Association (HBA)
for architects to certify certificates of fitness in relation to the
announcement made by the Housing and Local Government Ministry that a
one-stop certificate of fitness for occupation centre would be in
operation by Dec. 3, "Groups says no to certifying architects", (The Star,