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  1. Judiciary shows its care SUM 10/04/1994
    FIVE months after the Highland Towers tragedy, caring Malaysians still remember the pain and suffering of the victims. Members and staff of the judiciary were the latest to chip in with a RM5,000 donation yesterday.

  2. Getting to the bottom of condo collapse NSUNT 10/04/1994 
    MASSIVE TASK ALMOST COMPLETED ... engineers, using excavators and other heavy machinery have removed tonnes of earth on the hill slope and what used to be the former site of the Highland Towers Block A apartment, to carry out checks on the foundation. This will establish if the collapse of the building was caused by a landslide which swept away the foundation following a downpour, or by structural weaknesses.

  3. Families of victims receive RM5,000 NST 11/04/1994
    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN ... Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court Datuk Abdul Kadir Musa (right) presenting a RM5,000 cheque to Ampang Jaya Municipal Council secretary Mohd Khashim Abdul Sakor for the families of victims who died in the Highland Towers tragedy last December. The contribution was made by staff from various district courts in the country.

  4. Laporan siasatan tragedi Highland Towers siap BH 12/04/1994
    KAJANG, Isnin - Laporan siasatan teknikal tragedi Highland Towers runtuh 11 Disember lalu sudah siap dan akan diserahkan kepada Jawatankuasa Penyiasat Induk Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Jumaat ini. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Teknikal itu, Dr Nik Ramlan Nik Hassan, berkata laporan itu meliputi pelbagai aspek termasuk perancangan dan prosedur pembinaan, keadaan sub-struktur bangunan dan persekitarannya serta struktur bangunan dan bahan yang digunakan.

  5. Report on Highland Towers collapse ready BT 12/04/1994
    THE technical committee investigating the Highland Towers disaster has come out with its report detailing the causes of collapse as well as pinpointing the parties responsible. The draft of the report, to be released soon, will be submitted to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council on April 15. It will be submitted to the Special Cabinet Committee on Highland Towers Disaster within a week and released to the public within a month.

  6. Highland Towers: Weighing the options NST 12/04/1994 By Tengku Sariffuddin
    KAJANG, Mon. - Remedial work has to be undertaken to reinforce the two remaining Highland Towers blocks before residents can be allowed back to their apartments. This is one of the recommendations made by the technical committee set up by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) which is investigating the Highland Towers tragedy in Jalan Ulu Klang on Dec 11.

  7. BNM asks insurers to help speed up claims BT 14/04/1994  By Kamarul Yunus
    BANK Negara Malaysia (BNM) has directed the General Insurance Association of Malaysia and the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia to act fast and help speed up the claims by family members of the victims of Highland Towers tragedy. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Encik Osu Sukam told Dewan Rakyat yesterday members of the two associations have been directed to take immediate measures to facilitate the claims.

  8. Highland Towers tragedy probe by council committee not over NST 14/04/1994
    THE investigation into the Highland Towers tragedy is still being conducted by a committee set up by the Ampang Jaya Municipal council, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Encik Osu Sukam said. He said the probe was expected to be completed in the middle of the month.

  9. `Slope failure leads to condo collapse' BT 16/04/1994 By Jennifer Jacobs
    WATER has been identified as the main cause of the slope failure which led to the collapse of Block A of Highland Towers. According to the Public Services Department Institute (Ikram) consultant Dr Mohd Asbi Othman who was privy to the preliminary findings of the technical committee set up to investigate the collapse, the failure must have been initiated by high positive pore water pressure which developed when the rate of inflow of either the surface or subsurface water or both exceeded the transmissivity of the soil mass.

  10. Polis masih simpan barang kemas penghuni HM 23/04/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Polis mengesahkan ada barangan berharga, termasuk barang kemas milik penghuni Blok A pangsapuri Highland Towers, Taman Hillview, Hulu Klang yang runtuh pada 11 Disember lalu masih disimpan di Balai Polis Ampang. Malah kira-kira 50 helai pakaian milik penghuni itu juga masih disimpan di Balai Polis Taman Melawati.

  11. Keadaan kondo diumum HM 23/04/1994  By Rosli Abu Hasan
    KUALA LUMPUR: Keputusan sama ada Blok B dan C pangsapuri Highland Towers, Taman Hillview, Hulu Klang selamat diduduki atau tidak, kemungkinan diketahui minggu depan. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Bertindak penghuni pangsapuri itu, Dr Benjamin George ketika dihubungi berkata, pengumuman mengenai keselamatan blok itu dijangka dibuat sebelum akhir bulan ini.

  12. Banyak harta di blok HM 23/04/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Banyak barangan berharga milik penghuni Blok B dan C pangsapuri Highland Towers, Taman Hillview, Hulu Klang masih tersimpan di dalam kedua-dua blok itu sejak kejadian Blok A runtuh November lalu. Sumber-sumber memberitahu Harian Metro kebanyakan penghuni gagal mengeluarkan barangan mereka kerana bimbang keselamatan mereka terancam.

  13. Insuring properties against latent defects NST 07/05/1994By Azim Mohd Zabidi
    IN the wake of the Highland Towers condominium collapse tragedy, there has been considerable interest within the building industry to know what forms of insurance protection are available to protect the parties involved, namely the developers and the buyers of properties. Perhaps, it would be opportune at this point to highlight an insurance policy which, although not very popular in Malaysia, does provide the necessary cover pertaining to defective design, unsuitable material or poor workmanship, all of which will cause losses to a property owner.

  14. Building Charter in the offing NSUNT 08/05/1994By Chan Cheng Tuan
    THE Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) and the Board of Architects have initiated a Building Charter to make the industry more responsible and to restore public confidence shaken by incidents such as the collapse of the Highland Towers apartment block. Architects, engineers, surveyors and building material suppliers were among those who turned up at the first meeting held to discuss a draft of the charter and express support for it on Friday.

  15. Laporan tragedi Highland Towers akan diumum BH 11/05/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Laporan mengenai tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers yang meragut 48 nyawa Disember lalu dijangka diumumkan kepada orang ramai, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh. Menurutnya, beliau menerima laporan lengkap mengenai tragedi itu daripada jawatankuasa teknikal Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) semalam dan akan menyerahkannya kepada Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet tidak lama lagi.

  16. MPAJ diminta serah laporan tragedi BH 11/05/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Persatuan Pemilik/Penduduk Highland Towers (PPHT) mendesak supaya Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) menyerahkan segera kepada mereka maklumat kasar hasil kajian runtuhan pangsapuri mewah itu Disember lalu seperti yang dijanjikan sebelum ini. Timbalan Presiden PPHT, Abdul Razak Yaakob, berkata MPAJ berjanji sebelum ini untuk menyerah dan berkongsi sebarang maklumat yang diperolehi hasil kajian mereka dengan kerjasama PPHT.

  17. Cabinet to get condo tragedy report BT 11/05/1994  By Shirene Shan
    THE report on the Highland Towers condominium tragedy is completed and will be submitted to the Cabinet soon, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh announced yesterday. Ting received the draft report prepared by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council on Monday. He said the Special Cabinet Committee on the Highland Towers disaster, which was set up to investigate the collapse, will meet "as soon as possible" to review the findings. The committee is chaired by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

  18. Report on condo tragedy may be made public NST 11/05/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Cabinet is expected to make public the findings of the Highland Towers condominium collapse once it has studied a report submitted by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today that a draft copy of the report had been submitted to his Ministry.

  19. Protecting housebuyers' interests, investments NST 14/05/1994  By Nazli Aziz
    I WISH to put forward a line of thought that occurred to me after the fall of Highland Towers. Are housebuyers' investments' really protected at all and are they getting a fair deal. Being involved in property, I am aware that quality control in construction is not as easy as in manufacturing. It consists of many trades that often overlap during construction and quality control is even harder to achieve. What should be the main concern here is whether there is a reasonable amount of control at all for the housebuyers.

  20. Penghuni dakwa MPAJ sembunyi maklumat BH 18/05/1994 By Shahnun Hanif Abdullah Suhaimi
    KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Penghuni pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang yang tumbang enam bulan lalu, mempersoalkan sikap Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) kerana didakwa menyembunyikan maklumat mengenai hasil siasatan tragedi itu. Sikap membisu MPAJ itu didakwa menyebabkan penghuni terbabit sehingga ini tidak dapat membuat sebarang tuntutan ganti rugi.

  21. MPAJ tidak akan umum siasatan BH 19/05/1994  By Shahnun Hanif Abdullah Suhaimi
    KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) tetap tidak akan mengumumkan hasil siasatan tragedi Highland Towers di Hulu Klang kerana kejadian itu membabitkan kepentingan negara. Setiausaha MPAJ, Mohd Khashim Abdul Sakor, berkata pihaknya tidak pernah menyembunyikan mana-mana maklumat mengenai hasil siasatan tragedi itu, sebaliknya laporan itu akan diserahkan kepada Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) untuk tindakan lanjut.

  22. Mangsa kondo dakwa rugi RM40 juta BH 21/05/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Mangsa tragedi kondominium Highland Towers yang tumbang di Hulu Klang, Disember lalu, mendakwa mengalami kerugian sebanyak RM40 juta kerana kehilangan pelbagai harta benda. Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Tower (PPHT), Abdul Razak Yaacob, berkata anggaran itu juga meliputi kerugian yang dialami oleh penghuni Blok B dan C yang terpaksa dikosongkan kerana dianggap berbahaya berikutan tragedi itu.

  23. Bangunan tinggi: Keputusan bulan depan BM 22/05/1994  By Nurul Adlina Kamaludin
    KUALA LUMPUR: Keputusan muktamad berhubung masa depan projek pembinaan bangunan tinggi di lereng bukit yang dibekukan baru-baru ini, dijangka diketahui selepas mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet, awal bulan depan. Mesyuarat jawatankuasa itu yang dipengerusikan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, juga akan membincangkan laporan tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers yang tumbang Disember lalu serta kejadian runtuhan bangunan Induk Kampus Kolej Bandar Utama, Damansara 19 Oktober lalu.

  24. Meet on condo tragedy findings  SUM 22/05/1994 By Errol Oh
    THE special Cabinet Committee on the Highland Towers tragedy will meet early next month to discuss the findings of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's (MPAJ) inquiry into the collapse. Recommendations and proposals for the construction industry - raised in the wake of the disaster - will also be brought up at the meeting to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who heads the committee.

  25. Hillslope projects: Decision in June NSUNT 22/05/1994  By S. Jayakrishnan
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Special Cabinet Committee, formed after the collapse of the Highland Towers, will decide early next month whether to lift the freeze on new building projects located on hillslopes. The meeting, to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, would also discuss the Ampang Jaya Municipal Councils findings in the Highland Towers collapse which killed 48 people last Dec 11, and also decide whether to make the findings public.

  26. Terserah kepada bicara Kabinet HM 23/05/1994
    SHAH ALAM: Hanya Kabinet yang boleh membuat keputusan sama ada laporan siasatan tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang yang runtuh akan diumumkan kepada orang ramai atau tidak. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet mengenai tragedi itu akan bermesyuarat minggu depan bagi membincangkan laporan itu.

  27. Highland towers residents see red MM 23/05/1994
    RESIDENTS of Highland Towers are unhappy over their inability to obtain copies of reports showing the geotechnical and topography of the area before and after one of the three blocks collapsed last year. Highland Towers Residents/Owners protem committee secretary Chan Keng Fook complained that many requests to the Ampang Municipal Council for a copy of the reports had fallen on deaf ears.

  28. Special Cabinet committee must clear report first MM 24/05/1994
    THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council will not release any report on its findings into the Highland Towers building collapse or the status of the remaining two blocks until after the Special Cabinet Committee clears it. A council spokesman said they could only investigate the disaster and make its report to the special Cabinet Committee.

  29. Highland Towers: Bank buat tawaran BH 25/05/1994  By Salina Abdullah
    KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Penghuni pangsapuri Highland Towers yang runtuh 11 Disember lalu ditawarkan kadar faedah pinjaman istimewa jika mereka ingin membeli rumah baru. Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan Maybank, Amirsham A Aziz, berkata pakej perumahan istimewa oleh Kumpulan Maybank itu ditawarkan kepada pelanggan Maybank yang membuat pinjaman ketika membeli pangsapuri Highland Towers.

  30. Condo tragedy: Maybank special loan package BT 25/05/1994  By Rodhiah Ismail
    MAYBANK has introduced a special housing loan package for its housing loan customers affected by the Highland Towers tragedy. The special package is to assist those affected by the tragedy to purchase new houses, its managing director, Encik Amirsham Abdul Aziz, said. Under this new package, Maybank Group customers will be charged a housing loan interest rate of base lending rate (BLR) plus 1 per cent a year, with yearly rest for the first five years.

  31. Special housing loan plan for condo owners NST 25/05/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Maybank Group today announced the introduction of a special housing loan package for its housing loan customers affected by the Highland Towers tragedy in December last year. Managing director Amirsham A. Aziz said in a statement that the special package was aimed at helping those affected by the tragedy to purchase new houses.

  32. Laporan kondo roboh mungkin diumum BH 27/05/1994
    PETALING JAYA, Khamis - Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, laporan siasatan tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers runtuh 11 Disember lalu, mungkin diumumkan kepada orang ramai. Beliau yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet Mengenai Pangsapuri Runtuh sudah menerima laporan siasatan itu dan akan dibentang kepada mesyuarat jawatankuasa terbabit, minggu depan.

  33. Penduduk Highland Towers tuntut RM40 juta BH 27/05/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Pangsapuri Highland Towers akan menuntut ganti rugi RM40 juta daripada Arab-Malaysian Finance Bhd dan MBf Properties, yang mereka dakwa bertanggungjawab terhadap runtuhan Blok A, pangsapuri itu, Disember lalu. Pengerusi jawatankuasa itu, Dr Benjamin George, berkata kedua-dua syarikat terbabit dikenal pasti setakat ini kerana mereka ialah pemilik tanah berhampiran tapak Highland Towers.

  34. Cabinet committee to study findings next week BT 27/05/1994  By Fadzil Ghazali; Siti Hajar Sulaiman
    THE Special Cabinet Committee on the Highland Towers Disaster will meet next week to decide whether the report on the tragedy will be made public. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is the chairman of the committee, said he has received the report which was prepared by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.

  35. Highland Towers residents' assessment waived for now MM 27/05/1994
    THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council has decided to waive the first half of this year's assessment for residents of Blocks B and C of the Highland Towers, of which Block A collapsed last December killing 48 people. It has also waived all charges for Block A residents.

  36. Highland Towers report likely to be made public NST 27/05/1994  By S. Jayakrishnan
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The findings of the inquiry into the Highland Towers tragedy which claimed 48 lives are expected to be made public, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today. However, he added that the final decision lay with the Special Cabinet Committee and the Cabinet.

  37. Assessment for collapsed condo waived NST-CITYX 27/05/1994 By Ramlan Said
    THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council has waived assessment payments for the second half of last year for residents of Block A of the Highland Towers which collapsed in December. It has also decided to write-off assessment payments for Blocks B and C for the first half of this year.

  38. Hasil siasatan Highland Towers ke Kabinet BH 02/06/1994  By Minarni Mat Saad
    SHAH ALAM, Rabu - Jawatankuasa Siasatan Kebangsaan mengenai tragedi Highland Towers akan membentangkan hasil siasatannya dalam mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Kabinet yang dipengerusikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Jumaat ini. Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, berkata beliau sudah dimaklumkan mengenai siasatan yang dibuat oleh jawatankuasa itu bersama jawatankuasa peringkat negeri yang dipengerusikan oleh Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Datuk Yaacob Abdul Hamid, hari ini.

  39. Pemaju cuai punca tragedi kondo runtuh BH 03/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Jawatankuasa Kabinet tragedi pangsapuri runtuh Highland Towers mendapati kegagalan pemaju mematuhi peraturan pembinaan bangunan menjadi punca utama keruntuhan bangunan itu Disember lalu yang meragut 48 nyawa. Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, berkata beberapa syarat pejabat daerah tidak dipatuhi dan kelulusan pembinaan projek juga dipertikaikan kerana diluluskan oleh seorang pelukis pelan.

  40. Penghuni boleh semak: Hamid BH 03/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Towers boleh mengkaji laporan penuh siasatan tragedi pangsapuri itu untuk menentukan soal pampasan. Menteri Undang-Undang, Datuk Syed Hamid Albar Jaafar, berkata jawatankuasa itu atau penghuni Highland Towers boleh mendapatkan nasihat undang-undang peguam mereka berdasarkan hasil laporan itu.

  41. PPHT tunggu laporan lengkap BH 03/06/1994 By M Thilinadan; Faizal Fadzil; Salina Abdullah
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Pangsapuri Highland Towers (PPHT) hanya akan mengemukakan tuntutan ganti rugi, termasuk insurans nyawa dan kenderaan, apabila menerima laporan lengkap hasil siasatan tragedi itu. Pengerusinya, Dr Benjamin George, berharap Jawatankuasa Kabinet Mengenai Highland Towers, yang dipengerusikan oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, akan mengemukakan laporan lengkap secara rasmi termasuk pihak yang bertanggungjawab.

  42. Blok B, C tak selamat HM 03/06/1994By Razali Zakaria
    KUALA LUMPUR: Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet Mengenai Tragedi Highland Towers mengesahkan blok B dan C pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang tidak selamat diduduki. Pengesahan itu dibuat setelah jawatankuasa berkenaan dipengerusikan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bersidang dan mendengar taklimat daripada Yang Dipertua Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Abdul Karim Munisar.

  43. Pelukis pelan turut bersalah HM 03/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Siapakah pelukis pelan yang meluluskan projek pembinaan pangsapuri Highland Towers yang runtuh 11 Disember tahun lalu yang mengorbankan 48 nyawa? Selain pemaju, pelukis pelan terbabit juga sepatutnya bertanggungjawab terhadap tragedi itu kerana beliau tidak layak meluluskan pelan projek berkenaan, sebaliknya hanya arkitek yang boleh berbuat demikian.

  44. Committee to wait for copy of findings MM 03/06/1994
    THE Highland Towers Residents Committee has reserved comment on the Government's findings into the Highland Towers tragedy. Committee secretary Chan Keng Fook said the committee would not comment on the findings until they get a copy of the report.

  45. Mixed reaction from residents over findings NST 03/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Highland Towers apartment residents had mixed responses to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry team's findings on the collapse of Block A last Dec 11 which killed 48 people. They were happy with the assurance given by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today that he would recommend to the Cabinet to make the findings public.

  46. Developer blamed for collapse NST 03/06/1994 By S. Jayakrishnan; Vijesh Rai; Faridul Anwar
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs - The developer of the Highland Towers has been blamed for the collapse of the 12-storey apartment building which killed 48 people in Hulu Klang on Dec 11. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who announced the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's findings of the tragedy today, also said the remaining two adjacent blocks had been declared unsafe for occupation.

  47. Draughtsman of Highland Towers struck off rolls NST 03/06/1994  By S. Jayakrishnan; Vijesh Rai; Faridul Anwar
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Board of Architects Malaysia (BAM) has struck off the registered building draughtsman who submitted plans for the 12- storey Highland Towers apartments. A spokesman for the Board told the New Straits Times today this decision was taken against Wong Ting Sang last Thursday.

  48. Two brothers listed as directors of building firm NST 03/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Two brothers are registered as directors of Highland Properties Sdn Bhd, the developer blamed for the collapse of Block A of the Highland Towers on Dec 11, 1993, by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry team. A check with the Registar of Companies identified them as Yap Kim Kee and Yap Kim Seng. Their ages are not known.

  49. Semua yang salah akan dihukum: Anwar BH 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Semua pihak yang terbabit dalam tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers, Hulu Klang runtuh 11 Disember lalu, akan dikenakan tindakan, kata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Timbalan Perdana Menteri menegaskan, mana-mana pihak yang didapati bertanggungjawab dengan tragedi itu tidak akan terlepas, sebaliknya dikenakan tindakan sewajarnya.

  50. Bekas penghuni minta diberi perhatian BH 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Bekas penghuni dan keluarga mangsa yang terkorban dalam kejadian Pangsapuri Highland Towers tumbang akhir tahun lalu, mahu kerajaan memberi perhatian terhadap nasib mereka yang kini hidup tanpa harta. Menurut mereka, selain menyalahkan pihak pemaju akibat peristiwa itu kerana sikap cuai mereka, kerajaan juga perlu mengambil kira nasib mangsa yang bertambah malang sejak kejadian yang meragut 48 nyawa itu.

  51. MB Selangor syor wujud formula baru BH 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan diminta mencari satu formula baru bagi menentukan semua projek bangunan di lereng bukit, dikaji secara bersama oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan dan agensi Kerajaan Pusat sebelum sebarang kelulusan dikeluarkan. Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib berkata, langkah itu bertujuan memastikan tidak timbul sebarang masalah sama ada di pihak pemaju atau kerajaan, jika projek terbabit menghadapi masalah.

  52. Pemaju rakus, korporat berjiwa rakyat BH 04/06/1994
    KEGAGALAN pemaju mematuhi peraturan pembinaan bangunan sebagai punca utama pangsapuri Highland Towers runtuh dan meragut 48 nyawa pada 11 Disember lalu memang sudah dijangka. Bagaimanapun, pengumuman Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim selaku Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kabinet Mengenai Pangsapuri Runtuh, bahawa beberapa syarat pejabat daerah tidak dipatuhi dan kelulusan pembinaan projek juga dipertikaikan kerana diluluskan oleh seorang pelukis pelan, mengejutkan kita. Memetik laporan hasil siasatan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Anwar berkata punca tragedi itu bermula pada 1966 apabila pemaju mula menghantar pelan pembinaan kepada majlis daerah sehingga pembinaan pangsapuri itu diluluskan dan siap sepenuhnya pada 1978. Malangnya beberapa syarat pejabat daerah pada masa itu tidak dipatuhi pemaju, malah kelulusan hanya dibuat berdasarkan pengesahan seorang pelukis pelan, bukannya arkitek.

  53. Pemaju Highland Towers terkejut BH 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Pemaju projek Highland Towers, Highland Properties Sdn Bhd terkejut kerana dipersalahkan berikutan kejadian pangsapuri yang dibinanya tumbang mengorbankan 48 penghuni, 11 Disember lalu. Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, pemaju projek itu berkata, pihaknya masih belum menerima sebarang laporan daripada pihak berkuasa mengenai kejadian itu.

  54. Demolish the remaining two blocks MM 04/06/1994 By Freddie Ng
    SOME owners of Highland Towers apartments feel the remaining two blocks, which have been declared unsafe for occupation, had best be demolished. "I do not think anyone would feel at ease to live in the remaining blocks, even if some work is ostensibly done to shore up the foundation," said Highland Towers residents/owners committee chairman Dr Benjamin George.

  55. MIA: Only architects can submit building plans NST 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Draughtsmen can submit layout plans to a local authority for approval but they are not authorised to submit building plans. A spokesman for the Malaysian Institute of Architects said only an architect could submit building plans to local authorities because there were many technical matters which only an architect could answer.

  56. Council can be held liable, says lawyer NST 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Gombak District Council, which approved the building of Highland Towers, can be held liable for its collapse, prominent criminal lawyer Mr Jagjit Singh said today. He said the approval of the building plans and the certificate of fitness (CF) meant that the council had inspected the building and found that it met the requirements of the law.

  57. Kit Siang: Ampang Jaya municipal authorities must share blame NST 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council as successors-in- title to the Gombak District Council which issued the certificate of fitness should bear part of the responsibility for the collapse of the Highland Towers, DAP secretary-general Lim Kit Siang said today. While welcoming the decision of the Special Cabinet Committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to recommend the report be made public, he said the finding could not be complete.

  58. Draughtsman's firm traced to bungalow in PJ NST 04/06/1994
    PETALING JAYA, Fri. - The "architectural" firm, which submitted the plans for the 12-storey Highland Towers apartments in Hulu Klang, has been traced to a double-storey bungalow here. Konsortium Jurubina Berunding, operated by registered building draughtsman Wong Ting Sang who was struck off from the Board of Architects register last Thursday, was based at No 20, Jalan 2/36 here.

  59. Action against all responsible NST 04/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today action will be taken against all parties responsible for the Highland Towers tragedy which killed 48 people in Hulu Klang on Dec 11. He said although only the developer had been blamed so far, all other parties implicated would not get off scot-free.

  60. Residents voice disappointment NST 04/06/1994  All reports on "Reaction to the Highland Towers tragedy findings" by Mohd Abdullah; Sa'odah Elias; Carolyn Hong; Vincent de Paul; M. Jeffri Razali; Jacqueline Teo KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Residents of Highland Towers apartments held an emergency meeting here tonight to discuss their disappointment over the move to blame solely the developer for the tragedy which killed 48 people in Hulu Klang on Dec 11, 1993. They are questioning why the local authorities particularly the Gombak District Council are being excluded from sharing the blame.

  61. Penghuni blok A kecewa BM 05/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Penghuni blok A pangsapuri Highland Towers yang tumbang pada 11 Disember lalu, kecewa dan mendakwa laporan Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) tidak memberi gambaran sebenar mengenai tragedi itu. Mereka berpendapat MPAJ seharusnya mendedahkan segala-galanya kepada rakyat negara ini untuk membolehkan pihak yang bertanggungjawab di atas kejadian itu, dihukum.

  62. JPHT minta nama pihak terbabit BM 05/06/1994  By Ebi Azly Abdullah
    KUALA LUMPUR: Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Towers (JPHT) mahu kerajaan menamakan pihak-pihak yang bertanggungjawab ke atas tragedi yang meragut 48 nyawa pada 11 Disember lalu, supaya penghuni boleh menuntut pampasan. Pengerusi JPHT, Dr Benjamin George, berkata langkah itu wajar bagi membolehkan penghuni membawa pihak berkenaan ke mahkamah tanpa melalui proses yang mungkin memerlukan belanja yang tinggi.

  63. Who's responsible? Higland Towers residents ask SUM 05/06/1994 By Eddie Chua
    THE Highland Towers residents committee wants to know who was responsible for the landslip that contributed to the failure of the foundation of Block A that collapsed last Dec 11. This and several other pertinent questions were asked yesterday by the committee, following the reported statement that the major cause of the collapse was the weakness of the foundation.

  64. Residents point to the landslip NSUNT 05/06/1994  By Vijayan Menon
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Highland Towers Residents Committee, which includes qualified structural engineers, feels that the major cause of the building collapse was the failure of the foundation caused by the lateral force created by a massive landslip. The committee's chairman Dr Benjamin George said the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry committee's findings that the main cause of the collapse was the weak foundation was plausible only when a building collapses under its own weight without other causes.

  65. News reports causing much pain, confusion NSUNT 05/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Residents of Highland Towers apartments feel that the partial revelations of the findings of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry into the tragedy have caused much confusion and pain. Lorraine Tan, who lost her six weeks' old son and maid when Block A of the apartments collapsed on Dec 11, said the reports on the findings so far did not tell anything and had generated a lot of confusion.

  66. Meningkatkan maruah industri pembinaan BH 06/06/1994  By Ramlan Abd Wahab
    IMEJ sektor yang terbabit dalam industri pembinaan semakin dicemari pelbagai tragedi, kemalangan dan ribuan aduan mengenai kekurangan, kecacatan dan ketidaksempurnaan bangunan dan rumah kediaman yang dibina. Sejak 1992, sekurang-kurangnya 10 tragedi yang meragut nyawa berlaku. Antara tragedi itu termasuklah: * Runtuhnya blok apartment enam tingkat Mutiara Court yang sedang dalam pembinaan di Taman bukit Permai, Cheras, yang mengorbankan seorang pendawai elektrik pada 10 September 1992;

  67. Kelemahan asas bangunan HM 06/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Penduduk Highland Towers (PPHT) berpendapat punca utama pangsapuri itu runtuh akhir tahun lalu ialah kerana kelemahan asas bangunan berikutan tekanan di bahagian sisinya, kesan kejadian tanah runtuh. Pengerusinya, Dr Benjamin George berkata laporan bahawa punca utama blok A itu runtuh disebabkan kelemahan tapak asasnya hanya boleh diterima jika bangunan itu runtuh kerana bebannya.

  68. States welcome panel's decision NST 06/06/1994  By Chong Set Son; Saiful Mahathir; Manisah Ismail; Lee Keng Fatt
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Several States have welcomed the decision of the Special Cabinet Comittee investigating the Highland Towers apartment building collapse allowing construction of new high-rise buildings to continue provided they adhered to all regulations and have independent reports. All such projects were frozen after the collapse which occurred on Dec 11 last year, killing 48 people.

  69. Laporan penuh Highland Towers perlu diumum BH 07/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Kerajaan perlu mempercepatkan pengumuman laporan penuh tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers runtuh 11 Disember lalu, bagi mengelak kontroversi berpanjangan. Aktivis masyarakat, Lee Lam Thye, berkata langkah menyegerakan pengumuman itu perlu bagi menghentikan spekulasi yang memburukkan keadaan.

  70. Insurance may offer partial compensation NST 07/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Highland Towers property owners should be able to obtain partial insurance compensation for their losses following the tragedy which killed 48 people in Hulu Klang on Dec 11, 1993. An insurance industry source said today this was despite their properties not being insured against landslips which residents had blamed as the main cause of the tragedy.

  71. Insurers waiting for report to be made public NST 08/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Insurance firms are waiting for the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council technical team's report on the Highland Towers tragedy to be made public before they decide on compensation for the affected residents. Highland Towers Residents/Owners Committee chairman Dr Benjamin George said today this was because the insurance firms had classified the tragedy as a natural disaster.

  72. JPHT mahu kaji hasil siasatan BH 09/06/1994 By Nurul Adlina Kamaludin
    KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Towers (JPHT) akan mengkaji laporan penuh siasatan tragedi pangsapuri itu, sebelum mengemukakan sebarang tuntutan pampasan. Pengerusinya, Dr George Benjamin berkata, langkah itu perlu bagi memastikan jawatankuasa berkenaan tidak mengambil tindakan terburu-buru yang boleh merugikan mereka.

  73. Residents' association complies BT 09/06/1994
    THE Highland Towers Residents Association is adhering to the Government's request not to speculate on the initial findings of the cause of the Highlands Towers tragedy by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ). Association chairman Dr Benjamin George told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, it offers no comments with regards to compensation based on findings by the MPAJ. The findings were released by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last week after chairing a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on the Highland Towers disaster. "We want to cooperate with the Government. So, what we are doing now is wait until the report is submitted to the Cabinet and made public," he said. Three days ago Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh and Law Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar, advised the public against over-reacting to the initial report on the collapse of Highland Towers Block A.

  74. Jawatankuasa anjur majlis peringatan HM 09/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Jawatankuasa Penduduk Highland Towers akan menganjurkan majlis memperingati tragedi kondominium runtuh di tapak kejadian di Hulu Klang, dekat sini, Sabtu ini. Pengerusinya, Dr Benjamin George, berkata majlis yang bermula jam 1.30 petang itu diatur khas sebagai memperingati enam bulan kejadian yang mengorbankan 48 penghuni pangsapuri terbabit, Disember lalu.

  75. Memorial service for loved ones MM 09/06/1994
    COME 1.40pm this Saturday, exactly six months would have passed since the Highland Towers collapse tragedy. To mark the occasion, a special memorial will be held at the site of the ill-fated Block A where 48 people died last Dec 11.

  76. Memorial service for 48 Highland Towers victims NST 09/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Highland Towers Residents/Owners Association will hold a memorial service on Saturday for the 48 people killed when an apartment block collapsed on Dec 11, 1993. Its chairman, Dr Benjamin George, said today it would be exactly six months on Saturday since the tragedy and the ceremony would bring together friends and relatives to share their sorrow and grief.

  77. Upacara khas peringati mangsa Highland Towers BM 12/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Lebih 100 keluarga dan saudara mara mangsa tragedi Pangsapuri Highland Towers yang terbunuh dalam kejadian 11 Disember tahun lalu, menghadiri upacara memperingati genap enam bulan tragedi itu di tapak runtuhan, petang semalam. Upacara itu bermula kira-kira jam 1.40 petang dengan keluarga terbabit bertafakur selama seminit bagi memperingati mangsa yang terkorban.

  78. Remembering victims of condo tragedy SUM 12/06/1994  By Freddie Ng
    "THERE are many reasons for awakening our sense of faith, hope and love. Here are forty-eight..." read the prologue on the plaque bearing the names of the 48 Highland Towers tragedy victims of Dec 11, last year. The plaque was placed at the site of the collapsed condominium near Kuala Lumpur, witnessed by about 100 relatives and friends of victims in a solemn and tearful ceremony at 1.40pm yesterday. The ceremony was exactly six months to the hour and day of the tragic collapse of the apartment.

  79. Emotional gathering at site of tragedy NSUNT 12/06/1994 By Tony Emmanuel; Sufi Yusoff
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - On the desolating wasteland on which once stood a 12- storey apartment block of Highland Towers that collapsed and took 48 lives on Dec 11, 1993, a simple plaque is all that is left. It is a reminder of those who are gone forever, and the continued struggle of the survivors and the relatives of those killed to carry on with their lives.

  80. MB: Stop making statements NSUNT 12/06/1994
    PETALING JAYA, Sat. - Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib today urged all parties with interest in the Highland Towers apartment collapse tragedy to refrain from making statements until the Cabinet had released the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's inquiry report. "Let us wait until the report has been made public before we make any more comments," he said after attending a state-level Ma'al Hijrah celebration at AlMakmuriah mosque at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Damansara, here.

  81. Rotary award for brave and dedicated fireman NST 17/06/1994 By Elaine Jeyakumar
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Hardwork, dedication and bravery earned fireman Azmi Morah Abas an award from the Damansara Rotary Club today. Having been involved in the the Highland Towers collapse tragedy in December last year, including rescuing Shinzue Nakajima who was trapped in the building together with two colleagues, earned him the Vocational Service Award for best fireman.

  82. Looting of 21 units in Blocks B MM 18/06/1994  By Freddie Ng
    MORE than 20 apartments in one of the two remaining blocks of Highland Towers have been looted over the past month. Out of the 44 units in Block B, at least 21 units had been looted, Highland Towers Residents/Owners protem committee chairman Dr Benjamin George said.

  83. Police to probe Highland Towers break-ins NSUNT 19/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Police will investigate the break-ins reported by residents living in the two remaining Highland Towers apartment blocks. A Hulu Langat (Kajang/ Ampang) police spokesman also urged the victims to lodge reports and assist police in their investigations.

  84. Lodge reports, committee urges MM 21/06/1994
    THE Highland Towers Residents/Owners protem committee have urged residents whose homes had been looted to lodge reports at the Ampang police station. In its latest news bulletin to residents, the committee said three members had inspected Block B and Block C and found doors to 21 apartments prised open.

  85. Deregistered draughtsman surrenders cert NST 21/06/1994 By Vijesh Rai
    KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The draughtsman whose name was struck off by the Board of Architects for submitting plans for all three apartment blocks of the Highland Towers has surrendered his certificate to the board. There has also not been any indication the draughtsman, Wong Ting Sang, would appeal the decision.

  86. Hak milik: Pemaju ditegur BH 22/06/1994 By Lichong Angkui
    KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kelewatan pengeluaran hak milik strata di kebanyakan bandar utama seluruh negara bukan disebabkan amalan birokrasi atau kelembapan pentadbiran kerajaan, kata Menteri Tanah dan Pembangunan Koperasi, Osu Sukam. Sebaliknya, kata beliau, ia berpunca daripada sikap pemaju projek atau pemilik dan pembeli lot terbabit yang tidak memberi perhatian serius mengenai keperluan hak milik strata itu.

  87. `Highland Towers' developer had no strata titles' BT 22/06/1994
    THE developer of the illfated Highland Towers did not have strata titles for the three-block condominiums when one of them collapsed last December. Making this revelation, Land and Cooperative Development Minister Osu Sukam said yesterday the developer submitted its application for the strata titles to the Land and Mines Department only in July last year although owners have been occupying the buildings since 1974.

  88. Book on Highland Towers planned NST 22/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Several residents of Highland Towers are considering publishing a pictorial book in commemoration of the tragedy that claimed 48 lives last year. President of the resident's association Dr Benjamin George said today some residents had made the suggestion to create greater awareness of the incident.

  89. Syarat ketat projek lereng bukit BH 23/06/1994  By Mohd Shah Abdullah
    KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Kabinet hari ini membenarkan projek bangunan tinggi di kawasan bukit dan bekas tanah lombong yang dibekukan sebelum ini, diteruskan tertakluk kepada empat syarat ketat, kata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, bagaimanapun pada prinsipnya permohonan baru untuk memajukan lereng bukit dan bekas tanah lombong tidak digalakkan kecuali kawasan itu selamat untuk pembangunan.

  90. Punca Highland Towers tumbang BH 23/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Kejadian runtuhan blok satu pangsapuri Highland Towers Disember lalu, antara lain berpunca daripada tanah runtuh di belakang bangunan itu menyebabkan binaan tapaknya tidak stabil menahan pergerakan tanah. Punca berkenaan adalah satu daripada perakuan yang terkandung dalam laporan enam jilid Jawatankuasa Penyiasat Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) yang dikemukakan kepada media hari ini.

  91. 6-month-old freeze on high-rise projects lifted BT 23/06/1994 By Jennifer Jacobs
    THE freeze on development of high-rise projects on hillsides and ex-mining land has been lifted but future development on these areas are discouraged. A statement issued by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday said the Cabinet has decided that to resume work on these projects, developers will be required to:

  92. Condo probe panel: Pick consultant to rectify weaknesses BT 23/06/1994  By Jennifer Jacobs
    THE technical committee set up to investigate the cause of the collapse of Block 1 of Highland Towers has recommended that the stability of the retaining walls, foundation systems, slope and drainage of Block 2 and 3 be rectified by an independent consultant in three months from a date of notification Ampang Jaya Municipal Council. According to its report, which was released to the press in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, if the proposal is not submitted within the stipulated time, the council must issue a notice to the owner to demolish the two remaining blocks.

  93. Kaji semula pendaftaran pelukis, jurutera HM 23/06/1994
    LEMBAGA Arkitek Malaysia dicadangkan mengkaji semula pendaftaran pelukis pelan bangunan, Wong Tin Sang dari Konsortium Jurubina Perunding dan Lembaga Jurutera pula mengkaji pendaftaran jurutera, Wong Yuen Kian dari Waja Perunding, berikutan tragedi runtuhan pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang, dekat sini, Disember lalu. Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan pula diminta menimbang dan mengkaji amalan-amalan dalam industri binaan dan undang-undang berkaitan berhubung dengan keselamatan bangunan.

  94. Bukan bencana alam HM 23/06/1994 
    KUALA LUMPUR: Tragedi runtuhan Blok 1 pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang, dekat ini, Disember lalu itu bukan disebabkan bencana alam. Jawatankuasa Penyiasat Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) berhubung tragedi itu dalam laporannya yang dikeluarkan kepada media semalam, siasatan mendapati tidak berlaku gempa bumi dan gegaran atau keadaan cuaca yang luar biasa di kawasan itu pada hari blok itu runtuh.

  95. Berpunca peronyokan, ricihan tapak gegalang HM 23/06/1994
    SIASATAN Jawatankuasa Penyiasat Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) berhubung tragedi runtuhan pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang, Disember lalu, mendapati bencana itu berpunca daripada peronyokan dan ricihan tapak gegalang cerucuk akibat pergerakan tanah. Mengikut laporan itu, pergerakan ini antara lain disebabkan tekanan tambahan akibat tanah runtuh di belakang blok berkenaan.

  96. Soil movement the probable cause NST 23/06/1994  By Tony Emmanuel; Vijesh Rai
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Soil movement and the buckling of the steel foundation have been identified as the most probable causes of the collapse of Block 1 of Highland Towers on Dec 11 last year. According to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's inquiry team appointed by the Government to investigate the tragedy which claimed 48 lives, the initial landslide behind Block 1 imposed additional pressure on the soil under the building, causing the rubble wall in front of the block to fail.

  97. Engineer, district councils among those responsible NST 23/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The identities of one more principal party and two contributory parties, whose actions had led to the collapse of the Highland Towers apartment on Dec 11, have been released. The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry team identified Wong Yuen Kean of Waja Perunding as the engineer who had approved, but did not design, the road and drainage plans.

  98. Residents to study findings NST 23/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Highland Towers Owners/Residents Committee will issue an official statement after it has read the six-volume report of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry team. Committee chairman Dr Benjamin George said today the committee would have a better understanding of the team's findings when the report is made available to the public next week.

  99. Developers have three months to submit report NST 23/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Highland Properties Sdn Bhd, the developers of Highland Towers apartments in Hulu Klang, will be required to submit a report from independent consultants on improving the safety and stability of the remaining Blocks 2 and 3. The report will propose steps to be taken to improve the stability of the retaining walls, foundation system, and hillslope and better drainage.

  100. Looking at the facts of Highland Towers case NST 23/06/1994 By Lim Kean Siew
    I WRITE in response to the public debate on the Highland Towers tragedy in the newspapers. It must not be forgotten that in all matters of liability, responsibility to prevent injury to the person or persons must first be established.

  101. Ban on hillslope high-rise projects lifted NST 23/06/1994 By Farush Khan
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Cabinet today lifted the temporary ban on the construction of high-rise buildings in hilly areas and on exmining land which came into force following the Highland Towers apartment collapse in Hulu Klang in Dec 11 last year which killed 48 people. It was also agreed that the six-volume report on the tragedy by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry team be made available to the public by next week at a yet-to-be-disclosed price.

  102. Jawatankuasa akan dakwa pihak terbabit BH 24/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Towers (JPHT) akan mendakwa pihak yang bertanggungjawab terhadap tragedi Highland Towers ke mahkamah, jika pihak terbabit enggan bekerjasama. Pengerusi JPHT, Dr Benjamin George, berkata jawatankuasa itu sedia berbuat demikian sebagai langkah terakhir, sekiranya pihak terbabit gagal menyediakan pampasan mengikut tuntutan bekas penduduk.

  103. Menyekat tragedi ngeri berulang BH 24/06/1994
    JELAS, tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers runtuh pada Disember tahun lalu yang mengorbankan 48 nyawa, berpunca daripada kecuaian pemaju dan arkitek yang tidak mematuhi peraturan pembinaan bangunan seperti ditetapkan serta kegagalan pihak berkuasa tempatan mematuhi syarat berhubung penguatkuasaan undang-undang dan pengeluaran Sijil Kelulusan Menduduki (CF). Laporan Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet Mengenai Pangsapuri Runtuh yang dipengerusikan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, kelmarin, memang sudah dijangka. Cuma yang ditunggu ialah bentuk tindakan terhadap mereka yang terbabit.

  104. Safety on the hills NST 24/06/1994
    THE collapse of the Highland Towers apartment building on December 11 last year with a loss of 48 lives jolted the property development industry, particularly in the high-rise building sector and brought about much soul- searching from concerned Malaysians as well as the Government. A temporary ban on the construction of multi-storey buildings in hilly areas and former mining land was a natural reaction to allow the authorities to sort out this mess, the first, and hopefully the last, tragedy of its kind to strike the country. Now that a full report on it has been completed and is about to be released to the public and new measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of high-rise buildings in these high-risk areas, the Cabinet decision to lift the temporary ban is understandable. It is, however, not an open licence to lackadaisical developers to revert to their old ways. As Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the Cabinet has decided not to encourage new development in such areas and projects will only be approved if they fulfil stringent conditions.

  105. Call for special panel to help with compensation NST 24/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The DAP wants Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh to set up a special task force to help Highland Towers survivors and residents claim compensation for their losses. Secretary-general Lim Kit Siang said he was disappointed that the Cabinet did not set up a special panel to be headed by Law Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar to help survivors and residents on the question of compensation for their losses.

  106. Board of Engineers says it will wait for full report before starting own probe NST 24/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Board of Engineers will wait for a full report before it carries out investigations into the collapse of the Highland Towers apartment that killed 48 people last Dec 11. Its secretary, Anis Mohamad Arif, said today the Board would be requesting for a copy of the full report from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.

  107. Residents welcome findings on condo collapse NST 24/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Highland Towers owners/residents committee today welcomed the six-volume report into the tragedy by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council inquiry team. Committee chairman Dr Benjamin George said the report had identified those fully involved in the collapse of the 12-storey luxury apartment block.

  108. Decision to lift ban on hillside projects hailed NST 24/06/1994 By S. Jayakrishnan; Abu Yamin Salam; Azran Aziz; Saiful Azhar Abdullah; Khairun Nazirah; Sa'odah Elias; Sarban Singh KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Cabinet decision to lift the temporary ban on the construction of high-rise buildings in hilly areas and ex-mining land following the Highland Towers apartment collapse has been welcomed by the various State authorities. Many of them said guidelines would help to avert any similar tragedy due to negligence.

  109. Highland Towers: Pihak bersalah tetap didakwa BH 25/06/1994  By Mohd Shah Abdullah
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Kerajaan akan tetap mendakwa pihak yang bersalah dalam tragedi runtuhan pangsapuri Highland Towers, Hulu Klang Disember lalu, mengikut prosedur jenayah, kata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. "Tindakan mengikut prosedur jenayah masih diteruskan," kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Persidangan Penulis Se-Asia 1994, anjuran Persatuan Penulis Nasional (Pena), di sini hari ini.

  110. Blok B, C Highland Towers dirobohkan BH 25/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Blok B dan C pangsapuri Highland Towers akan dirobohkan dalam tempoh tiga bulan sekiranya pemaju projek terbabit gagal mematuhi arahan Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ). Yang Dipertua MPAJ, Abdul Karim Munisar berkata, pihaknya akan menghantar notis mengandungi arahan itu kepada pemaju itu, Highland Properties Sdn Bhd secepat mungkin.

  111. Kakitangan profesional untuk luluskan pelan BH 25/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Pihak berkuasa tempatan perlu mempunyai kakitangan profesional yang cekap untuk mengesahkan pelan bangunan yang dikemukakan oleh pemaju bagi menghindarkan sebarang masalah yang mungkin timbul dalam industri pembinaan. Anggota lembaga pengarah Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Tempat Kerja, Lee Lam Thye hari ini, berkata pihak berkuasa tempatan perlu mempunyai lebih ramai jurutera berkelayakan, arkitek serta jurukur tanah dan bangunan untuk mengesahkan pelan yang dikemukakan oleh pemaju.

  112. (Authorities are looking into ... )BT 25/06/1994
    AUTHORITIES are looking into the necessary action that needs to be taken against parties liable for the collapse of the 12-storey Highland Towers. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the normal course of action against those liable will include criminal proceedings. "The normal course of action will be taken after the relevant authorities have made the decision. The Housing and Local Government Ministry is taking the necessary steps," he said.

  113. MPAJ buat keputusan HM 25/06/1994
    AMPANG: Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) tidak membenarkan penghuni Blok B dan C pangsapuri Highland Towers kembali ke rumah masing-masing walaupun ada ura-ura mereka akan membantah keputusan itu. Yang Dipertuanya, Abdul Karim Munisar, berkata keputusan itu diambil atas sebab-sebab keselamatan berdasarkan siasatan MPAJ yang mendapati kedua-dua blok berkenaan tidak selamat untuk diduduki selepas tragedi Blok A pangsapuri di situ runtuh, Disember tahun lalu.

  114. Panel: Seek expert advice on remaining blocks MM 25/06/1994
    THE technical committee that investigated the collapse of Block A of Highland Towers is insisting that technical advice be sought to determine the stability of the remaining two blocks. The panel has also not decided whether to conduct an opinion poll among the apartment owners on what to do with the buildings.

  115. Council is briefed on findings MM 25/06/1994
    SOIL erosion behind the Highland Towers condominium in Hulu Klang had started as early as 1974 and grew progressively worse, the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council full-board meeting was told yesterday. The eroded land had developed into a gully when 12 hectares of the hillslope were cleared the following year.

  116. Highland Towers may get reprieve NSUNT 26/06/1994
    PETALING JAYA, Sat. - The Government will not force the demolition of the two remaining blocks of the Highland Towers condominium if the owners can provide expert evidence to show that the buildings can be saved for future occupation. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today the owners have been given three months to come up with such evidence starting from the date of notification by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.

  117. Highland Towers: BPR sedia siasat BH 28/06/1994  By Ziauddin Sharuddin
    SEREMBAN, Isnin - Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR) sedia menjalankan siasatan berhubung tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers jika diminta berbuat demikian, kata Timbalan Ketua Pengarahnya, Datuk Mohd Zawawi Mohd Nordin. Bagaimanapun, katanya, BPR setakat ini masih belum menerima arahan untuk menyiasat kemungkinan ada unsur rasuah dalam tragedi yang mengorbankan sekurang-kurangnya 48 nyawa itu.

  118. Condo tragedy probe: ACA offers help BT 28/06/1994
    THE Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is willing to assist if asked by parties concerned to investigate whether there was an element of corruption or malpractice involved in the Highland Towers tragedy. ACA deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Zawawi Mohd Nordin said that if there was evidence of corruption, the agency would exercise its powers as provided under the Anti-Corruption Act.

  119. ACA prepared to probe tragedy NST 28/06/1994
    SEREMBAN, Mon. - The Anti-Corruption Agency will only carry out an investigation into possible malpractices in the Highland Towers tragedy if it is requested to do so. ACA deputy director-general Datuk Mohamad Zawawi Mohamad Nordin said today the agency was prepared to carry out an investigation into the Dec 11 tragedy last year that killed 48 people.

  120. Pemilik kondo tuntut RM60j BH 30/06/1994 By Ebi Azly Abdullah
    KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Towers (JPHT) akan menuntut pampasan sekurang-kurangnya RM60 juta berdasarkan kerugian harta benda, tuntutan insurans dan pinjaman bank. Pengerusi JPHT, Dr Benjamin George, berkata tuntutan itu dianggarkan mengikut jumlah hartanah yang musnah iaitu ketiga-tiga blok pangsapuri terbabit, dan ia mungkin lebih tinggi sekiranya kos kehilangan nyawa turut diambil kira.

  121. Condo collapse: Survivors claiming RM60m in damages BT 30/06/1994 By Siti Hajjar Sulaiman
    SURVIVORS from the Highland Towers collapse last November said they are claiming RM60 million from the parties responsible for the incident. The Highland Tower Owners/Residents Committee will also seek an out-of- court settlement "to avoid undue publicity".

  122. Mangsa tuntut pampasan RM60j HM 30/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR: Jawatankuasa Penduduk/Pemilik Highland Towers (JPHT) akan menuntut pampasan sekurang-kurangnya RM60 juta daripada pihak yang bertanggungjawab ke atas tragedi pangsapuri itu yang runtuh Disember lalu. Pengerusi JPHT, Dr Benjamin George, berkata tuntutan sebanyak RM60 juta itu berdasarkan kerugian hartanah bagi blok A, B dan C.

  123. Residents estimate RM60m loss NST 30/06/1994
    KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Damage to the Highland Towers luxury apartments is estimated at more than RM60 million, according to the residents committee. One of the blocks, Block 1, collapsed on Dec 11 last year, killing 48 people. The other two blocks have been declared unsafe. This is the first time that the residents have ascertained the property damage.

 

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