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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. "Build then Sell" concept should be adopted in Malaysia 29/03/2003  Utusan

    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).

  4. 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."

  5. House buyers association lauds Govt's tax rebate move 19/05/2003 MM
    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.

  6. Incentives for housebuyers 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 beneficial.

  7. Lambakan rumah beri peluang pilih kediaman terbaik 22/05/2003 HM
    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.

  8. National House Buyers Association welcomes measures in stimulus package 22/05/2003 NST
    THE National House Buyers Association welcomes the measures for the housing sector but cautioned potential buyers to avoid getting carried away by the incentives.

  9. Purchasers push for build-and-sell system 22/06/2003 NSUNT-FOCUS
    The National House Buyers Association has been advocating the build-and-sell concept for quite sometime now.

  10. Housebuyers end up losers in claims 22/06/2003 NSUNT-FOCUS
    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.

  11. Shoddy workmanship the main complaint 22/06/2003 NSUNT-FOCUS
    "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.

  12. Minister would do better to ensure law on strata titles is enforced 25/06/2003 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).

  13. 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 years ago.

  14. Rebels with a cause 19/07/2003 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.

  15. Overhang redefined 26/07/2003 NST-PROP
    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.

  16. Kudos to housing legal eagles! 28/07/2003 MM
    "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.

  17. Estana Court buyers in a quandary over their properties 28/07/2003 MM
    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.

  18. Free 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 Claims.

  19. Rumah: Tribunal tiada kuasa dengar kes sebelum 1 Dis. 2002 05/09/2003 Utusan
    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.

  20. Had kuasa tribunal rumah 05/09/2003 BH
    Sementara itu, Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Kebangsaan, Chang Kim Loong memberitahu pemberita mereka akan memfailkan rayuan terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi itu.

  21. Court agrees with developers  05/09/2003 NST
    Meanwhile National House Buyers Association (NHBA) secretary general, Chang Kim Loong, who was present today, expressed shock over the court's decision.

  22. Buyers stunned 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 surfaced.

  23. Landmark judicial 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 2,098 pembeli rumah hadapi masalah buat tuntutan 06/09/2003 BH
    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.

  26. HBA to appeal for house buyers 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.

  27. Gazette all parcels to prevent abuse 06/09/2003 NST-PROP
    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".

  28. HBA applauds Minister of Housing & Local Government's action to appeal ruling on Housing Tribunal 10/09/2003 Press Statement

  29. 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 Attorney-General's Chambers.

  30. Free legal aid on landmark case 14/09/2003 Press Statement

  31. 15 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Pay-on-completing housing proposal 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% downpayment.

  34. 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.

  35. Developers agree with pre-application inspection 20/09/2003 NST-PROP
    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.

  36. No more 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.

  37. `Abdullah will be another strong leader' 01/11/2003 MM
    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.

  38. Early hearing date for Tribunal appeal 01/11/2003 NST-PROP
    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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Monitoring mechanism sought for quality homes 25/11/2003 NST
    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 authorities.

  42. 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.

  43. `Promote build-then-sell plan' 15/12/2003 NST
    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- sell" concept.

  44. New chapter for house buyers' protection 18/12/2003 Press Statement

  45. 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, Nov. 25).

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