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  1. Pembeli terdedah risiko beli rumah belum siap 20/01/2004 BH By Hasliza Hassan
    ALIRAN industri perumahan di Malaysia dengan konsep `beli rumah belum siap' menimbulkan pelbagai kesulitan kepada pembeli, terutama apabila projek perumahan itu terbengkalai.

  2. The battle rages on 14/02/2004 NST-PROP By Nicholas Mun
    THE battle as to whether the Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims (the Tribunal) has retrospective jurisdiction to hear disputes arising from Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) executed prior to Dec 1, 2002, is still raging.

  3. Developers `preparing to exploit house buyers' 13/04/2004 NST
    KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Exploitation - this is how the National House Buyers Association (HBA) sees the move to raise the prices of houses following the recent increase in steel price. Secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said today recent reports indicated that buyers could expect a five to 10 per cent hike in prices in the next few months.

  4. Groups find proposal `preposterous, incredible' 13/04/2004 NST
    National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the term "low-cost" housing meant houses for those in the low-income bracket. He said the association was against the idea because the poor would become "slaves" to their rich landlords.

  5. HBA syor rumah dijual secara sewa beli 14/04/2004 BH
    KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor (HBA) menyarankan kerajaan negeri itu menjual rumah kos rendah (RKR) kepada golongan berpendapat rendah secara sewa beli.

  6. Rakyat lebih minat beli jenis kos sederhana 19/04/2004 BH
    Setiausaha Agungnya, Chang Kim Loong, berkata cara itu bukan saja dapat mengatasi masalah banyak rumah kos rendah di Selangor tidak terjual tetapi boleh membantu negara mencapai matlamat satu keluarga satu rumah.

  7. Developers must bear installation costs for utilities 24/04/2004 NST-PROP
    BUYERS who have been requested to pay installation costs over and above the deposits for the connection of water and electricity supply to their new houses can refuse to do so as these sums should be borne by developers.

  8. Housing: Higher legal fees proposed 05/05/2004 NST
    National Housebuyers' Association of Malaysia secretary-general Chang Kim Loong has also proposed an alternative scheme of legal fees to the Bar Solicitors' Costs Committee.

  9. Solving the low-cost housing woe 15/05/2004 NST-PROP By Salleh Buang
    To this end, National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong came up with a pretty good idea. He suggested that the Government (or a public agency) buy over the unsold low-cost units and rent them to the poor on a 'lease-purchase' basis.

  10. HBA syor hotline didik pembeli rumah 17/05/2004 BH-EKO
    KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Pembeli Rumah (HBA) mencadangkan kerajaan mewujudkan talian hotline dan unit kaunseling bagi mendidik pembeli rumah mengenai pengurusan kewangan mereka.

  11. Government to appeal decision on housing tribunal 06/09/2003 The Star
    National House Buyers Association (HBA) has described the latest development as a retrogressive step for house buyers.

  12. Why `build-and-sell' a better housing plan 28/05/2004 NST
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Cases of buyers being left stranded due to housing projects being abandoned by developers will be a thing of the past if the "build-and-sell" scheme is adopted by the Government.

  13. Implement 'build then sell' concept, says association 28/05/2004 The Sun
    Kuala Lumpur: The National House Buyers Association (HBA) voiced support yesterday for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's suggestion to implement the 'build then sell' concept.HBA adviser and former Perak CPO Datuk Seri Yuen Suet Ling said the economy and country's development are mature enough to implement the concept.

  14. Developers urged to ensure land is pest-free 29/05/2004 NST-PROP
    THE Government should amend existing laws to make it compulsory for developers to ensure that development parcels are pest-free before constructing properties on them. National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said there are currently no laws that require developers to do so.

  15. Build and sell or sell and build? 30/05/2004 NSUNT-FOCUS
    National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong says the association is "strongly in support of the ‘build-and-sell’ concept because it is a safer and more secure mode of buying a house".

  16. Advantage to developers, for now 30/05/2004 NSUNT-FOCUS By K.T. Chelvi
    HOUSING and Local Government Minister Datuk Sri Ong Ka Ting recently declared that errant developers would not be given new licences.

  17. Ong: Court’s decision a victory for housebuyers 15/6/2004 The Star
    National Housebuyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the decision could only be seen as a promising step towards the successful implementation of the tribunal.

  18. Court rules for housebuyers 15/06/2004 The Sun
    National House buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the decision is a progressive and promising step towards the successful implementation of the housing tribunal.

  19. Federal Court rules in favour of house buyers 15/06/2004 NST
    The Federal Court today affirmed the Court of Appeal decision that the Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims has jurisdiction to hear and adjudicate cases where the sale and purchase agreements were signed before Dec 1, 2002.

  20. Tribunal ada kuasa dengar tuntutan pembeli rumah 15/06/2004 Utusan 
    PUTRAJAYA 14 Jun - Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini memutuskan bahawa Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah mempunyai bidang kuasa mengikut peruntukan Akta Pemaju Perumahan (Kawalan dan Pelesenan) bagi mendengar tuntutan pembeli rumah melibatkan perjanjian jual beli sebelum 1 Disember 2002.

  21. Strata problems persist  19/06/2004 NST-PROP By Nicholas Mun
    IT appears that buying a strata title property is one sure way of giving yourself a head-full of problems and worries. According to statistics compiled by the National House Buyers Association (HBA), problems related to apartment and condo dwellings form close to half of all the complaints it received from buyers in 2003.

  22. Developers exhaust appeal process 19/06/2004 NST-PROP
    The National House Buyers Association welcomed the Federal Court ruling. Its secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the outcome was "a progressive and promising step towards the successful implementation of the Tribunal".

  23. House buyers group fear abuse 27/06/2004 Sunday Star By Lam Li
    The National House Buyers Association (HBA) cited these incidents to object to a Government proposal to rely on architects and engineers to certify the safety of new buildings and do away with the present system of having certificates of fitness (CF) issued by local authorities.

  24. Not in buyers' best interest ,says HBA 28/06/2004 MM
    KUALA LUMPUR: The House Buyers Association (HBA) is concerned over potential abuses arising from architects being empowered to issue building certificates. Its secretary general, Chang Kim Loong, said yesterday that doing away with the Certificate of Fitness requirements by the local authorities may not be in the best interest of the public.

  25. Plugging CF loopholes to protect house buyers 28/06/2004 The Star
    Meanwhile, the National House Buyers Association said the proposal would only work if the build-and-sell concept was put into practice. Secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said if house buyers did not pay developers until the units were completed and safe to be occupied, it would ensure protection for buyers.

  26. Ong: Ceiling to be raised 30/06/2004 The Star
    HBAM secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the ceiling for claims should be raised to RM50,000.

  27. Tribunal bicara tuntutan RM50,000 30/06/2004 HM By Nadzim Ahmad Jamalludin
    KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan bercadang memberi kuasa yang lebih kepada Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah (TTPR), termasuk membolehkannya mendengar dan memutuskan tuntutan sehingga RM50,000 membabitkan perjanjian jual beli yang ditandatangani sebelum 1 Disember 2002. Pada masa ini, TTPR yang ditubuhkan pada 1 Disember 2002 hanya boleh mendengar dan membuat keputusan terhadap tuntutan sehingga RM25,000 membabitkan perjanjian jual beli yang ditandatangani sebelum tarikh itu.

  28. Panduan untuk pembeli rumah 30/06/2004 HM
    KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Kebangsaan Pembeli Rumah (HBA) melancarkan buku Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah yang memberi panduan ringkas kepada pembeli rumah ketika membuat tuntutan di Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah (TTPR), semalam. Buku terbitan HBA yang dijual dengan harga RM10 senaskah itu diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa iaitu Bahasa Melayu, Inggeris dan Mandarin.

  29. Guide for aggrieved house buyers 03/07/2004 NST-PROP
    THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) has launched a self-help guide for buyers to understand the workings of the Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting launched the guidebook at the ministry earlier this week.

  30. Balancing speed with safety 03/07/2004 NST-PROP By Salleh Buang
    ONE would have thought that when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi proposed to abolish the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CF) requirement for completed housing units, it would be met with jubilation from all quarters - developers, purchasers and NGOs alike. As press reports have subsequently shown, it was not so. Some quarters have strong reservations. Like most concerned citizens, I too tried to find some coherent reason from these conflicting reactions.

  31. Making safety a priority 10/07/2004 NST-PROP By Yvonne Yoong
    LASHED by monsoon rains, sun-baked over years of neglect and ravaged by time, some 38 abandoned projects in Kuala Lumpur alone, costing RM2 billion, still stand a chance to be revived - if the situation improves for their owners or if they are taken over by white knights. However, how safe for revival are these weathered buildings?

  32. Support still strong for `build and sell' concept 19/07/2004 NST
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Many who have invested in homes only to find their housing projects abandoned fervently support the proposed "build and sell" concept. Ranjit Singh, a victim of an abandoned housing project, said all home buyers should support the concept because it would prevent developers absconding with their money before completing a project.

  33. Stop sinking fund collection 27/07/2004 The Sun
    WE REFER to the letters titled "Interest on sinking fund hijacked" (theSun Weekend July 17-18), "Hold developers accountable" (theSun July 22) and "Sinking funds may vanish if watchdogs nap" (theSun July 23).

  34. Clear path for the Housing Tribunal 31/07/2004 NST-PROP By Salleh Buang
    Naturally, the National Housebuyers' Association welcomed the ruling, with its secretary-general Chang Kim Loong saying that with the issue of jurisdiction finally resolved, the Housing and Local Government Ministry should not waste any more time prosecuting developers who continue to defy the Tribunal.

  35. Pushing risk back to developers 01/08/2004 MB-HPROP By The National House Buyers Association of Malaysia
    LAST May, the Prime Minister made a suggestion that developers should adopt the `build and sell' concept. The idea has been hotly debated. Broadly, it involves two principle types of residential conveyances: Purchasers of existing properties and purchasers of off-plan properties (also called `sell-then-build' concept from the developers' perspective). Purchasing Existing Property

  36. Penguatkuasaan lemah punca banyak aduan rumah gagal diselesaikan 26/8/2004 Utusan
    KUALA LUMPUR 25 Ogos - Kelemahan Bahagian Penguatkuasaan Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan dalam menangani masalah perumahan menjadi punca banyak aduan tidak dapat diselesaikan dengan segera. Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Kebangsaan Pembeli Rumah, Chang Kim Loong berkata, bahagian itu tidak berkemampuan dan lambat bertindak untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang berbangkit.

  37. Volunteer lawyers to help house buyers 06/09/2004 MM By Dennis Chua
    KUALA LUMPUR: The city's "legal eagles" are helping aggrieved house buyers with free service yet again. A group of 15 lawyers, each with 10 years' experience, is volunteering to help 29 house-buyers of the Taman Fadason housing scheme in Jinjang, Kepong, in an on-going battle with the scheme's developers at the Home Buyer Claims Tribunal.

  38. Implement `build first, sell later' concept, govt urged  07/09/2004 MM By Pauline Almeida
    * NATIONAL HOUSEBUYERS ASSOCIATION, MALAYSIA, (HBA) honorary secretary- general, Chang Kim Loong, supports the `build and sell' concept saying it is timely.

  39. HBA sifatkan bajet mesra rakyat 11/09/2004 BH
    PERSATUAN Pembeli Rumah (HBA) menyifatkan Bajet 2005 sebagai bajet mesra dan prihatin rakyat khasnya kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah. Setiausaha Agung persatuan itu, Chang Kim Loong, berkata Bajet 2005 yang turut memperuntukkan sejumlah wang untuk pembangunan Projek Perumahan Rakyat diharap dapat membasmi masalah setinggan dan mencapai matlamat bebas setinggan menjelang 2005.

  40. Housing plan for low-income earners welcomed 11/09/2004 Star
    THE GOVERNMENT has tabled a "people's budget" in providing affordable housing for the low-income group, said the National House Buyers Association. Its secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said assurance should be given to buyers regarding the quality of the houses that are yet to be built.

  41. In a muddle over Tribunal award 11/09/2004 NST-PROP By G. Umakanthan
    This decision of the nation's highest judicial body, said National House Buyers Association Malaysia (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong, does not seem to satisfy some developers.

  42. Free legal aid for house buyers 13/09/2004 The Star
    A PANEL of lawyers will waive legal fees for the 42 house buyers named as parties in a High Court case brought by a developer against the Tribunal for Homebuyers Claims.The 15 lawyers, who will be rendering their services through the National House Buyers Association (HBA), will appear for the house buyers when an application for judicial review by Fadason Holdings Sdn Bhd against the tribunal is heard on Sept 29.

  43. Lindungi pembeli rumah dengan kekuatan penguatkuasaan 07/10/2004 Kosmo
    KUALA LUMPUR - Revisit simple pleasures at Bandar Sungai Buaya, begitulah yang dijanjikan dalam brosur jualan bagi satu projek perumahan di Selangor pada 1997.

  44. Tribunal challenge withdrawn 09/10/2004 NST-PROP
    Welcoming Fadason's move to drop its action, National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said it was a triumph for buyers and a move in the "correct direction for orderliness in the housing industry".

  45. Seeking closure 18/12/2004 NST
    On this issue, National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said all future hillside developments should take Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies into account.

  46. Rulings to keep developers in check 20/12/2004 MM By Sushma Veera
    THE Malay Mail is doing a series on hillslope developments in Selangor. Today's segment focuses on the views and suggestions from the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) and National House Buyers Association (HBA). KUALA LUMPUR: Guidelines tend to be set aside but a ruling must be adhered to or developers risk being penalised.

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