Counter-checking crucial to quality
THE National House Buyers Association of Malaysia foresees many
pitfalls if the certification of residential buildings for the issue
of the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CF) is implemented
without a thorough study. The main fear we have is that the adverse
effects of self-certification by professionals would be more
far-reaching for buyers than any of the benefits that may be derived
from such a stream-lining exercise.
Self-certification, as architects see it
IN response to the National House Buyers' Association's opinion
published in PropertyTimes on Jan 8 regarding the ills of
consultants certifying projects as fit for occupation, the Institute
of Architects Malaysia (PAM) have their say. Certain views have been
expressed of late, in the press and at various public forums, on the
issuance of Certificates of Fitness for Occupation (CF) by
professionals, both architects and engineers. This was also the
focus of an article by the National House Buyers Association (HBA)
in PropertyTimes on Jan 8.
We are ready
and able, say engineers
THIS week, the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM)
argues why self-certification will benefit house buyers and rebuts
the comments made by the National House Buyers Association in our
Jan 8 issue
Careful study of two-generation loan needed
FINANCIAL institutions want a "careful study" into procedure and
implementation if housing loans are to be stretched over two
generations - a recent proposal by Housing and Local Government
Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting as a Ninth Malaysia Plan policy.
Several financial institutions contacted said they do not see the
proposal as triggering a sharp increase in their housing loan
portfolios, since the move is aimed at making it easier for poor and
hardcore poor families to buy low-cost houses.
Buyers nix self-certification
A debate has been raging in the pages of PropertyTimes the past few
weeks, following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's
suggestion that industry professionals such as architects and
engineers be allowed to certify housing as fit for occupation. The
issue arose out of the perennial problem of delays in the issuance
of Certificates of Fitness for Occupation. The National House Buyers
Association argued its case against it, followed by rebuttals from
Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia and the Association of Consulting
Engineers. And now ...
HBA's vociferousness is commendable
19/02/2005 NST-PROP By S.R Nathan
I refer to the two Viewpoint articles from the Association of
Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) and House Buyers' Association (HBA)
in Property Times of Jan 29 and Feb 5 respectively. ACEM is a
professional body of engineers whereas HBA is a non-profit,
non-governmental and non-political organisation run and managed by
volunteers - some of whom are professionals as well - for the
benefit of all house buyers.
Issue has far-reaching consequences By Said
I refer to the views expressed in PropertyTimes in the Jan 22 issue
by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) and by the Association of
Consultant Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) in the Jan 29 issue on the
subject of self- certification for the issuance of Certificates of
Fitness for Occupation (CFs). This idea was mooted by our Prime
Minister, after being briefed on the large number of complaints
about the late issuance of CFs.
Against the odds
26/02/2005 NST-PROP By Andrew Wong
I'VE had a ring-side seat in the ongoing debate between housebuyers
on one side, and architects and engineers on the other regarding the
issue of whether the Government should be removed from the process
of certifying houses fit for occupation. The clash, carried
exclusively in our pages over the past few weeks, has so far seen
the National House Buyers Association making the stand that the
local authorities should not forgo this duty - presumably even if it
means owners would still face delays in obtaining Certificates of
Fitness for Occupation to their units - because the downside, it
said, would be disastrous.
risks for buyers
14/03/2005 The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR: Purchasing a home is a major milestone in one's life. With the
exception of those fortunate enough not to worry about taking up bank loans,
the purchase of a house usually represents the largest single investment of
title delays still the main grouse of house buyers
PETALING JAYA: Delays in obtaining strata titles for subdivided buildings
continue to be the main grouse of house buyers, said the National House
Buyers Association (HBA).
House buyers caution against letting project consultants issue CFs
24/03/2005 MM By Dennis Chua
KUALA LUMPUR: While the National House Buyers' Association (HBA) lauds
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's recent suggestion that
the Certificate of Fitness (CF) be issued by professional project
consultants, the association cautions that there may be several drawbacks.
CCC decision could open can of worms, says HBA
THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) is unhappy with the
Government's move to replace the local authority-issued Certificate of
Fitness for Occupation (CF) for completed housing with certification by
industry professionals, who will issue the Certificate of Completion and
Compliance (CCC) "Abolishing the CF for housing could open a new can of
'Local authorities still
28/03/2005 NST By R. Sonia
PETALING JAYA, Sun. - Local authorities will still be responsible for
approving the development of housing projects and building plans. This is
despite the Government's move to replace the local authority-issued
Certificates of Fitness for Occupation (CF) with the Certificate of
Completion and Compliance (CCC), which is to be issued by industry
CFs must prevail
TWO distinct schools of thought have emerged since Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made the call for Certificates of Fitness for
Occupation (CFs) for completed houses be issued by the professional
consultants working on these projects instead of by local councils, as is
currently the case. As a background, from December this year, as Housing
and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting recently announced,
the CFs issued by local councils will be replaced by Certificates of
Completion and Compliance (CCC), issued by a housing project's
House buyers beware
16/04/2005 MB By Joanna Sze
IT HAS been 14 years since the Housing Development Account (HD Account) was
introduced in 1991 under the Housing Development Act. Since then, housing
developers have been required to open the HD Account within 14 days after
the issuance of the housing developer's licence. All progress payments by
buyers must be deposited into the account, from which developers can only
withdraw in stages, based on the level of construction and certification by
their architects and engineers. This was legislated as a move to protect
house buyers who have invested their savings into property projects, only to
see their developers vamoose with their money, leaving only half-completed
shells and broken dreams.
23/04/2005 NST By Salleh Buang
EVER since my good friend and editor, Andrew Wong, invited me to "join him"
(and leave behind us another daily) to become a regular contributor for
PropertyTimes, I have always enjoyed the prospect of opening my email Inbox
every morning and perusing the messages that readers of my column send me.
These letters vary in length and content. Some are short (ranging from
polite but nevertheless sincere expressions of appreciation to requests for
further information), but a few are indeed lengthy, extending a couple of
Board to hear condo residents’ woes to be operational soon
23/05/2005 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of
apartments and condominiums can soon bring complaints they have against
the buildings' managements to the Strata Titles Board.
Strata title boards for KL, Selangor soon 03/06/2005 The Sun
Meanwhile, National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang
Kim Loong already has a few names in mind for the KL board.
Kaji semula CCC ganti CF
KUALA LUMPUR - Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi. Demikian
perumpamaan daripada Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Kebangsaan (HBA)
mengenai kewibawaan segelintir arkitek perumahan.
Best formula for CCC
22/06/2005 The Sun
House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong felt that all
professional bodies should be consulted on the issue of certification to be
done by architects and engineers.
Responsibility lies with developers 01/07/2005 The Star By
CHANG KIM LOONG, Secretary-General,
National House Buyers Association, Kuala Lumpur.
WE READ your report, "RM3b to revive projects",
(The Star, June 26), with mixed feelings.
Protecting common rights
31/07/2005 Sunday Star
By June Chan
BLOCKS of Disharmony (Homelife, July 17) seems to have touched a chord in
Condos filled with woes
29/08/2005 The Star
HBA secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said
that most of the complaints they received were on the inefficiency of
management companies set up by the developers and management committees
elected by residents.
HBA urged the government to protect house buyers from being cheated
Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian House Buyers' Association, (HBA), is asking the
government to implement the build and sell concept as soon as possible to
protect house buyers from being cheated by irresponsible housing developers
Cadangan jual rumah siap
04/09/2005 Harian Metro
KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Kebangsaan (HBA)) mencadangkan kerajaan
melaksanakan sistem 'Bina dan Jual 10:90' bagi mengatasi masalah pembeli ditipu
pemaju hingga menyebabkan projek perumahan terbengkalai.
HBA syor kaedah baru beli rumah
04/09/2005 Berita Minggu Oleh Rohaniza Idris
KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Pembeli Rumah (HBA) menggesa kerajaan memansuhkan
konsep pembelian rumah beli dan siap seperti yang wujud sekarang dan
menggantikannya kepada konsep 10:90 iaitu pembeli membayar pendahuluan 10
peratus dan 90 peratus lagi selepas rumah siap.
Call to let lawyers keep
deposit of house buyers
04/09/2005 Daily Express
Kuala Lumpur: The National House Buyers Association (HBA)
has suggested that the 10 per cent deposits made by house buyers should be
kept by lawyers in a special account instead of being paid to developers.
House buyers propose compromise payment plan
KUALA LUMPUR: Fed up with shoddy treatment by housing developers, house
buyers have come up with a proposed payment system dubbed the "10-90"
Compromise payment plan
05/09/2005 NST By Eileen Ng
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Fed up with shoddy treatment by housing developers,
house buyers have come up with a proposed payment system dubbed the
HBA kemuka cadangan baru
KUALA LUMPUR - Persatuan Kebangsaan Pembeli Rumah (HBA) mencadangkan
supaya kerajaan melaksanakan sistem "Bina dan Jual 10:90" bagi mengatasi
masalah pembeli ditipu pemaju sehingga menyebabkan projek perumahan
HBA sifatkan bajet mesra rakyat
11/09/2005 Berita Harian
PERSATUAN Pembeli Rumah (HBA) menyifatkan Bajet 2005 sebagai bajet mesra
dan prihatin rakyat khasnya kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah.
16/09/2005 MB By George Lai
IS the Guarantees Rental Returns (GRRs) scheme a classic case of caveat
emptor - guaranteeing investors nothing but heartache as highlighted by
the HBA article titled `Swayed
by Guaranteed Returns?' published in the July 1st, 2005 issue of
Malaysian Business' Housing & Property pullout? GRRs plans are indeed
extremely innovative and breakthrough business ideas especially for
cash-strapped property developers to improve their cash flow positions to
finance and complete property projects. Instead of carrying the financial
costs of unsold and even uncompleted property units, the promise to pay
buyers rentals ranging from 8% to 12% per annum of the purchase price for
a certain length of time is such a brilliant win-win strategy that only
those with a Malaysia Boleh spirit can conceive
Government moves on build-then-sell
THE Government wants the various sectors within the housing industry to
state whether they are willing to commit to the "build first, sell later"
concept of housing delivery before it makes a decision on the matter.
to further protect buyers
10/10/2005 NST By DATUK SERI YUEN YUET LENG
THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) has been pushing for a
pragmatic review of the outdated "Sell and then Build" (SB) system and its
replacement with the "10/90 Build and then Sell" concept that Housing and
Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Kah Ting, had identified in
Australia not just as a concept but very importantly, an applied operating
‘Run a check on builder before buying a house’
14/10/2005 The Star
Meanwhile, the National House Buyers Association is calling on the
ministry to compile a list of errant developers who have been convicted in
court and publish it on its website. Association secretary-general Chang
Kim Loong said the database of errant developers would enable house buyers
to assess the risk when purchasing property.
Pillory the rogues
THE clamour for transparency in Government since the Approved Permit for
vehicles fiasco broke out several months ago should have taught the
Ministry of Housing and Local Government some lessons, considering that it
had received so many pleas from aggrieved house buyers for such a long
29/10/2005 NST By G. Umakanthan
IN a move welcomed immediately by the National House Buyers Association,
the Housing and Local Government Ministry four days ago posted on its
website (www.kpkt.gov.my) lists of housing developers who have run foul of
29/10/2005 NST By Andrew Wong
Labelled “rogue developers” by the media and the National House Buyers’
Association, they account for 15.5 per cent of the developer barrel
alone are not enough
29/10/2005 NST By YIN EE KIONG
THERE'S nothing new in the issues raised by the National House Buyers
Association (HBA) in PropertyTimes last week ("Pillory the rogues", Oct
22, 2005). This debate has been going on for 40 years and each time a
housing scandal arises, new legislations are put in place to police the
29/10/2005 NST By Salleh Buang
IN May 2004, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was quoted by
the local media as saying, "I think it is not right to pay money first,
before you get your house ... if they (developers) don't get to sell all
their houses, the money won't be enough for them to build.
Exposed on Net
07/11/2005 The Star BY Devid Rajah
National House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong, who
described the move as “very encouraging”, called on the public to visit the
Buyers' Recourse - Salvaging unwise choices
11/11/2005 The Sun
The National House Buyers Association (HBA) is a body to which house
buyers can turn to. Chang Kim Loong, its honorary secretary-general,
encourages buyers to approach it when they encounter problems or need
Tubuhkan jawatankuasa pembeli
Sementara itu, KOSMO! turut mendapatkan penjelasan berhubung masalah
terseuut daripada Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pembeli-Pembeli Rumah
Kebangsaan (HBA), Chang Kim Loong. "Kami akan membantu dari segi khidmat
nasihat secara percuma kepada para pembeli unit di Super Taipan itu supaya
hak mereka terbela," katanya.
Strike equitable balance
22/11/2005 NST By V.T.
Additionally, the House Buyers Association (HBA) needs to be
institutionalised and empowered and get the support of the Government,
developers, local authorities and banks.
Seven developments put on hold 01/12/2005 The Sun
Meanwhile, Chang Kim Loong, honorary secretary-general of the National
House Buyers Association (HBA), lauds the government's move.
Buyers, builders argue over housing patterns
But the National House Buyers Association (NHBA) does not buy the
doom-and-gloom outlook. Its secretary-general Chang Kim Loong describes
them as "mere frighteners".
house buyers need to know
HERE'S an event that those intending to buy a house or have already
bought one off a developer's colourful brochures should not miss:
Defective workmanship, late delivery top grouse list
14/12/2005 The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR: Defective workmanship and late delivery of housing units
topped the list of complaints received in 2000-05 by the monitoring and
enforcement division of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.