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(1991)

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Refund house buyers their money 01/02/1991 NST
I WISH to express my concern to the Housing Ministry regarding Hasil Bumi (Perumahan) Sdn Bhd's abandoned housing scheme in Sungai Buloh. Efforts were made to revive the housing scheme about two years ago but apparently nothing has materalised that could comfort the hundreds of house-buyers who have been subjected to an endless waiting game for their houses.

Steps under way to revive abandoned flats 02/02/1991 MM
STEPS are being taken to revive the low-cost flats at Taman Rampai in Ampang that were abandoned in January 1988. The flats, each costing $20,000 to $21,000, were due for completion last June but construction stopped due to cash flow problems.

No power, water at new homes 02/02/1991 MM
* PURCHASERS of the Bandar Seri Subang apartments who were hoping to move into their new homes before the Chinese New Year, are upset that the developer has not provided all the facilities as promised. Several buyers rang up Hotline to complain of the lack of water and electricity and defects in the building.

Probe into complaints 03/02/1991 NST
KUANTAN, Sat. - The Pahang Government is carring out a detailed survey on the problem faced by 200 flat-dwellers in Bandar Indera Mahkota who claim their homes are cracking and unsafe for occupation. State Housing and Rural Growth Committee chairman Adnan Yaakob he had directed all relevant authorities to carry out a detailed study.

Let buyers choose lawyers, says PCA 03/02/1991 NST 
IPOH, Sun. - The Perak Consumers Association today took to task developers who lined up their own panel of lawyers and insist that house buyers seek only their services. PCA president S.Rajadurai said house buyers should be free to choose their lawyers.

Pembeli rumah PKNS tidak puas hati 05/02/1991 BH
KLANG, Isnin - Seramai 249 pembeli rumah Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) di Taman Kampung Kuantan di sini, tidak puas hati dengan kelewatan pentadbiran perbadanan itu mengeluarkan sijil hakmilik rumah mereka. Setiausaha Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) itu, Encik Arzmi Mohd Atan, berkata sikap tak acuh pengurusan PKNS mengeluarkan sijil berkenaan menimbulkan banyak kesulitan terutama mengenai pembayaran cukai tanah, penukaran nama hakmilik atau untuk tujuan jual beli.

Unhappy with late delivery payment 05/02/1991 MM
* CHOY, who bought a house in the Taman Taming Raya project in Balakong, feels that the developer is short-changing her by paying 60 per cent of the late delivery compensation. She says the house was to be completed last September, but the keys were only handed over on Jan 16.

Legal fee payment for house shock 06/02/1991 MM
* CLY says he was shocked when he was asked to pay legal fees for a house he bought in Pandan Jaya three years ago. He says nothing of the sort was mentioned in the sale and purchase agreement and the developer had also earlier told him that he would not have to pay any legal fees.

Fuming over cracks 07/02/1991 MM
WHILE bomb blasts in Iraq are destroying property, residents of Taman Melor in Ampang claim that blasting for the sake of development is destroying their homes. Their houses have huge cracks in the walls, and residents claim these are from vibrations of blasting works at the almost-completed housing project at nearby Taman Saga.

50 peratus projek rumah terbengkalai 08/02/1991 BH 
SELANGOR, Johor dan Perak adalah negeri yang paling banyak mengalami masalah projek perumahan terbengkalai, iaitu kira-kira 50 peratus daripada keseluruhan projek di seluruh negara. Sebanyak 58 projek perumahan terbengkalai di Selangor, 56 (Johor) dan 52 (Perak) daripada 338 projek di Semenanjung Malaysia sehingga tahun lalu.

Case of the unhelpful developer  12/02/1991 NST
RESIDENT of Mayang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, is disgusted with the shoddy treatment she received from the developer of a housing estate. "Last week, the septic tank of several houses in this area were overflowing.

100 to get homes by May 13/02/1991 MM
MORE than 100 people who have bought double-storey terrace houses in an abandoned project in Ampang Hilir will get their homes by May. The $35 million housing project was launched in 1985 but was abandoned in mid-1989 because financial problems.

Ampang Hilir housing project revived 13/02/1991NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The abandoned Ampang Hilir housing project which was supposed to be completed two years ago, is being revived in stages. Part of the project was delayed when the developers - Kemajuan Tenaga Sdn Bhd and Ampang Hilir Sdn Bhd - faced financial problems.

HDA: Rules will affect industry 15/02/1991 NST
THE Selangor/Federal Territory Housing Developers Association has cautioned additional rules and regulations imposed on the housing industry will hinder its growth and lead to an increase in construction costs. This view was expressed by its Chairman Alan Tong Kok Mau (above) when commenting on a recent newspaper report that the housing and local government ministry plans to met up inspectorates in all states to act against developers who abandon projects.

Snags to housing rule 15/02/1991 BT
ADDITIONAL rules and regulations imposed on the housing industry will hinder its growth and lead to an increase in construction costs, the Selangor/Federal Territory Housing Developers Association chairman Alan Tong Kok Mau said yesterday. Mr Tong was responding to a recent report that the Housing and Local Government Ministry plans to set up inspectorates in all states to act against developers who abandon projects. The formation of the inspectorates is good provided it does not cover genuine developers, especially those with good track records, he said. Mr Tong said: "For a developer with a good track record, any further compliance with rules and regulations will be an added hindrance and will only increase the cost of building construction. In the end, the consumer will be the one to bear additional cost.

104 projek rumah terbengkalai pulih 19/02/1991 BH By Hamidah Kamaruddin
SEJUMLAH 104 projek perumahan swasta yang terbengkalai berjaya dipulihkan sehingga tamat pembinaannya tahun ini, kata Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Encik Osu Haji Sukam. Beliau berkata, sehingga 31 Disember lalu, kementerian mengenal pasti 381 projek perumahan swasta yang terbengkalai.

6,385 units completed 19/02/1991 NST
TWENTY-five per cent or 6,385 low-cost houses have been completed under the Low-Cost Housing Development Project since it started in 1986. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Encik Osu Haji Sukam said yesterday. He told the Dewan Negara that another 122,124 units were currently being built.

Contracts of two builders terminated 20/02/1991 NST
HULU SELANGOR, Tues. - The State Secretary Incorporated, the Selangor Government's property development arm, has terminated the contracts of two companies for failing to complete several thousand units of low-cost houses in Selangor. State Secretary Datuk Abdul Halim Rauf said today new companies would be appointed to complete the projects listed under Phase 1 of the special low-cost housing scheme for Selangor.

Developers' Act changes: More clout proposed 20/02/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is finalising an amendment to the Housing Developers' Act to give the Minister or secretary-general the power to take over and rehabilitate abandoned housing projects. A Ministry official said the proposed amendment would be similar to powers under the Essential (Protection of Deposits) Regulations 1986 which empowered the Government to deal with the deposit-taking co-operatives fiasco in 1986.

Call to review housing rules 21/02/1991 NST
JOHOR BARU, Wed. - The Government should review the existing housing regulations to make it mandatory for developers to obtain individual titles for house buyers when signing sale and purchase agreements. "This is to ensure that in the event of housing projects being abandoned, purchasers will not run the risk of losing.

Kerajaan batal lapan projek perumahan 23/02/1991 NST
SEREMBAN, Jumaat - Kerajaan negeri akan membatalkan lapan daripada 48 projek perumahan awam kos rendah di negeri ini kerana pemaju menghadapi pelbagai masalah. Menteri Besar, Datuk Haji Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, berkata antara masalah pemaju terbabit ialah keadaan kawasan projek mereka yang tidak strategik, masalah pinjaman kewangan dan ketiadaan pembeli.

$300m to get abandoned housing projects started 24/02/1991 NST
ON Tuesday housebuyers in Taman Seri Jelok, Kajang, will receive keys to their units. A normal occurrence in housing schemes all over the country. But for the Taman Seri Jelok housebuyers, it will not just be the fulfilment of the dream of owning a house. For them it will be the culmination of a long nightmare of buying a house, witnessing the project abandoned, the long agony of waiting for some consolation and the thrill of seeing the project finally rehabilitated.

`No CF but developer wants fee' grouse 25/02/1991 MM 
* CHEN who has bought a house in Pandan Perdana, Cheras, is peeved that the developer is asking for a six-month maintenance fee before she has been handed the keys to the house. She says this is not fair as the buyers are unable to move in because the Certificate of Fitness (CF) for the houses has yet to be issued.

Defaulters blamed for debt 25/02/1991 NST
* PENANG: The Penang Government now owes the Federal Government more than $8 million because of defaulters among buyers of State-built low-cost homes, a State Executive Councillor said. Haji Zakaria Bakar, chairman of the State housing and environment committee, said yesterday buyers of 6,553 units in 46 Government low-cost housing schemes failed to pay their monthly instalments promptly. He said the defaulters faced legal action if they continued to ignore reminders to pay up.

Penang Govt owes $8 25/02/1991 BT
THE Penang Government now owes the Federal Government more than $8 million because of defaulters among buyers of state-built low-cost homes, a state executive councillor said. Encik Zakaria Bakar, chairman of the State Housing and Environment Committee, said yesterday in Penang, buyers of 6,553 units in 46 government low-cost housing schemes failed to pay their monthly instalments promptly. Of the number, 3,863 had not paid up to six months, seven to 12 months (843), 13 to 18 months (521), 19 to 30 months (615) and 31 to 40 months (711). He told reporters after a gathering at Taman Perumahan in Pinang that the the defaulters faced legal action if they continued to ignore reminders to pay up. Encik Zakaria said 850 more units of low-cost homes will be built in five schemes at Pantai Acheh, Bagan Jermal, Batu Lanchang, Rumah Hijau Mak Mandin and Ampang Jajar. The five schemes are estimated to cost over $21 million.

Aid for certain house buyers 26/02/1991 NST
A TOTAL of 36,131 house buyers have been affected by abandoned housing projects and the Government is taking steps to help them, the Dewan Negara was told yesterday. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said the figure involves both civil servants and those in the private sector. In reply to Mrs Law Jack Yoon, he said Government servants who obtained loans from the Treasury could apply to the Finance Ministry to cease balance payments for the loans taken in the case of developers who do not complete their projects on time. "This means they only have to repay initial sums paid to the developer," he said. He said the affected Government employees can also apply to transfer their loans for the purchase of another house.

TPPT diberi peruntukan tambahan $300j 27/02/1991 BT
KAJANG, Selasa - Kerajaan bersetuju meningkatkan peruntukan Tabung Projek Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) kepada $600 juta daripada $300 juta bagi menyediakan pembiayaan tambahan untuk projek itu. Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Paduka Daim Zainuddin, ketika mengumumkan demikian di sini hari ini berkata, tambahan $300 juta itu diharap membolehkan lebih banyak projek perumahan terbengkalai di seluruh negara dipulihkan.

Allocation for AHPF doubled to $600m 27/02/1991 BT By Fauziah Ismail
THE Government has agreed to double the allocation for the Abandoned Housing Projects Fund (AHPF) to $600 million to meet the increasing demand for financial assistance to rehabilitate such projects, outgoing Finance Minister Datuk Paduka Daim Zainuddin announced yesterday. The AHPF, administered by Bank Negara, was launched in June last year with an initial allocation of $300 million.

Abandoned housing: Fund doubled to $600m 27/02/1991 NST By Rosli Zakaria; Sabri Said
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Government has agreed to double the Abandoned Housing Projects Fund to $600 million, Finance Minister Datuk Paduka Daim Zainuddin announced today. He said the earlier allocation of $300 million made in June last year was found to be inadequate to finance the increasing number of developers requesting for assistance under the fund.

Defaulters told to clear arrears or face eviction 28/02/1991 NST
PENANG, Wed. - Low-cost house owners who still owe the State Government rental arrears were today warned that they may be forced to vacate their homes unless they pay up soon. State Housing and Environmental committee chairman Haji Zakaria Abu Bakar issued the warning in the light of about $8.5 million in rental arrears owed by over 6,500 low-cost house owners here.

Rumah berasingan tetapi kunci sama 28/02/1991 BH 
SEREMBAN, Rabu - Rumah berasingan tetapi memiliki kunci rumah yang sama. Itulah yang dialami oleh kira-kira 1,000 penduduk Taman Bukit Sentosa (TBS), Jalan Tun Dr Ismail di sini apabila kunci pintu belakang rumah mereka didapati sama.

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