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PKNS not responsible for repairing houses 01/04/1991 NST-CITYX
THE violent winds which swept through Shah Alam's Section 16 last week, ripping off roof tiles of 31 houses, were a strong gale. Strong gales usually cause slight structural damage, such as dislodging of roof tiles or blowing away zinc roofing.

Pemaju ingkar! 02/04/1991 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Penduduk setinggan Kampung Pasar Baru di Kampung Pandan Dalam dekat sini akan menyaman pemaju perumahan Kabra Holdings Sdn Bhd kerana melanggar perintah Mahkamah Agung supaya menghentikan kerja memajukan kawasan itu. Peguam mereka, Encik S Kanawagi, mendakwa syarikat itu mengingkari keputusan Mahkamah Agung pada 3 Disember lalu dengan menjalankan kerja seperti menutup bekas lombong, meratakan tanah dan memusnahkan tanaman penduduk setinggan di kawasan itu untuk memajukan projek perumahan.

150 dakwa diabaikan pemaju 02/04/1991 HM
KLANG: Kira-kira 150 ahli keluarga pekerja ladang Sungai Rasa di Estet Bukit Rajah yang masih `mencuri' air daripada paip bocor, mendakwa kerajaan Selangor dan pemaju enggan berbuat apa-apa untuk membekalkan semula air kepada mereka. Bekalan air di kediaman pekerja estet berkenaan dipotong sejak akhir tahun lalu berikutan pengurusan ladang, Sime Darby Plantations, menjual tanah itu kepada pemaju, Max Harta Sdn Bhd untuk dimajukan sebagai taman perindustrian.

Pemaju tidak hirau bantahan 03/04/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kabra Holdings Sdn Bhd akan meneruskan projek perumahan di Kampung Pasar Baru di Kampung Pandan Dalam walaupun penduduk setinggan kampung merusuh membantah projek itu. Syarikat itu yang mengadakan mesyuarat hari ini mengambil keputusan meneruskan projek itu kerana percaya tanah terbabit adalah milik syarikat.

State gets tough with debtors 03/04/1991 NST
JOHOR BARU, Tues. - The State Government repossessed 12 public low-cost houses and brought 274 housebuyers to court last year for ignoring reminders to pay up their instalments. Another 312 housebuyers have been served notices to pay their instalments or face court action

Tunaikan janji 03/04/1991 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira empat ratus penduduk kampung Indah Sungai Besi mahu pemaju perumahan menunaikan janji mereka menyediakan penempatan semula kepada penduduk sekiranya mereka diminta berpindah dari situ. Ketua Kampung, Encik Nordin Pilus, berkata pemaju asal Konsortium Serbaguna Sdn Bhd menjanjikan rumah berharga $25,000 untuk penduduk kampung itu pada 1989.

Lesen tidak lagi diberi jika gagal 05/04/1991 BH
KOTA KINABALU, Khamis - Ahli lembaga pengarah syarikat perumahan yang terbabit dalam beberapa projek terbengkalai di Sabah tidak lagi diberi lesen pemaju perumahan. Setiausaba Tetap Kementerian Perumahaan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Negeri, Encik Abidin Madingkir, hari ini berkata nama pengarah dan syarikat berkenaan akan terus disenaraihitamkan.

Penduduk tolak tawaran 05/04/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Penduduk Kampung Pasar Baru, Kampung Pandan Dalam, menolak tawaran rumah kos sederhana di Hulu Langat oleh Kabra Holdings Sdn Bhd kerana dianggap tidak bertepatan dengan janji asal pemaju perumahan terbabit di samping kedudukannya yang jauh. Menurut mereka, janji asal pemaju terbabit yang dipersetujui bersama oleh Pejabat Tanah Daerah Hulu Langat ialah membina rumah kos murah untuk penduduk di tapak asal kampung itu.

400 penduduk minta bekal semula elektrik 05/04/1991 HM
SELAYANG: Lebih 400 keluarga di Pangsapuri Merak, Taman Bukit Indah di sini, meminta pemaju perumahan taman itu menyambung semula bekalan elektrik di tempat letak kereta dan tangga pada waktu malam. Menurut mereka, pemaju sepatutnya tidak berbuat demikian kerana ia menimbulkan masalah kepada ramai penduduk yang menjelaskan bayaran perkhidmatan bulanan.

Cukai: Datuk Bandar dirayu campur tangan 06/04/1991 HM
SETAPAK: Sebelas pembeli rumah di Seksyen Satu, Bandar Baru Wangsa Maju di sini, merayu Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) melupuskan tunggakan cukai pintu dan wang penyelenggaran rumah. Mereka mendakwa langkah itu wajar kerana mereka tidak pernah tinggal di situ sejak lima tahun lalu, selepas ditipu oleh sebuah syarikat guaman.

Peraturan bagi lindungi pembeli 06/04/1991 BH
BATU PAHAT, Jumaat - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan bercadang menguatkuasakan peraturan bagi menentukan projek perumahan perlu disiapkan terlebih dahulu sebelum boleh dijual. Timbalan Menterinya, Haji Daud Haji Datuk Taha, berkata peraturan yang sedang dalam kajian itu dijangka dapat melindungi pembeli dan mengelakkan projek perumahan terbengkalai.

Ministry to corporatise housing unit  06/04/1991 NST
BATU PAHAT, Fri. - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government will corporatise its Housing Department into a national housing authority, its Deputy Minister, Haji Daud Datuk Haji Taha, said today. He said this would be done under an Act which will be tabled in Parliament soon.

Usaha tingkat industri perumahan 06/04/1991 BH
BATU PAHAT, Jumaat - Jabatan Perumahan Negara akan diperbadankan menjadi Lembaga Perumahan Negara dalam usaha memantapkan industri perumahan di negara ini. Matlamat utama rancangan itu ialah untuk memastikan kepentingan pembeli sentiasa dilindungi dan mengatasi masalah projek perumahan terbengkalai.

Percepat tempoh proses pinjaman 08/04/1991  BH By Shariffudin Mohamed
KUALA LUMPUR, Ahad - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan meminta Urusetia Tabung Projek Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) mempercepatkan tempoh memproses permohonan pinjaman untuk memulihkan semula projek perumahan terbengkalai dan mengurangkan beban pembeli. Menterinya, Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata kajian hendaklah dibuat untuk memendekkan tempoh sekarang iaitu enam bulan agar pembeli rumah yang terbabit dalam sesebuah projek terbengkalai, tidak perlu menunggu lebih lama.

Long wait for his money  08/04/1991 MM
* AH LUM of Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam accuses a housing developer of dragging his feet in paying compensation for late delivery of his house. Ah Lum says he has been waiting for almost a decade for the payment.

Ting: Project account rules to be enforced soon
09/04/1991 BT By Khaidir Abdul Majid
THE long-awaited Housing Project Account Regulations drawn up to project house buyers from unscrupulous developers and reduce the incidence of abandoned housing projects will be enforced soon. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday he will sign the new law soon and promised to have it gazetted by June.

Ting for `build and sell' housing concept 09/04/1991 BT
HOUSING developers will one day have to build houses first before they can sell them to consumers. However, it will be a long way before such a concept, already adopted in some countries, can be implemented in Malaysia. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday implementation of the "build and sell" concept will be a long-term objective of his ministry. "Eventually as the country develops, buyers will be able to see the house first before purchasing it," he said.

New rule on reviving schemes 09/04/1991 NST By K.P. Waran
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The unwillingness of developers to rehabilitate abandoned housing schemes resulted in only 25 per cent or 104 of such projects being revived at the end of last year. This means that 277 projects valued at $3.6 billion were not revived.

Hanya satu berjaya dipulih 09/04/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Hanya satu daripada 197 projek perumahan terbengkalai yang memohon bantuan kewangan Tabung Pemulihan Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) berjaya dipulihkan. Lima puluh empat daripadanya diluluskan tetapi masih dalam pelbagai dokumentari perundangan, 93 dalam kajian urusetia dan pakar rujuk, 14 ditangguhkan sehingga maklumat lanjut diperolehi manakala 34 tidak layak dan dua menarik balik permohonan.

Satu projek rumah dapat bantuan TPPT 09/04/1991 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Hanya satu projek perumahan terbengkalai diluluskan bantuan Tabung Pemulihan Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) sejak skim itu dilaksanakan pada Jun tahun lalu. Projek berkenaan ialah Taman Seri Jelok, Kajang, yang siap dibina semula awal tahun ini.

Waiting for replay on govt housing loan  09/04/1991 MM By Jaffry Azman; Ann Teoh
* BETTY bought a house in Seremban five years ago after getting a government loan of $81,000. However, the developer abandoned the project after completing more than half the work, she says.

'Hitches' in AHPF scheme 10/04/1991 BT
GOVERNMENT procedures and difficulties in getting information on stalled housing projects have been cited as reasons for delays in the processing of loan applications under the Abandone Housing Project Fund (AHPF). Only one project has been revived under the Fund, which was launched in June last year and subsequently expanded from $300 million to $600 million.

Must the Govt pander to the developers? 10/04/1991 BT
HOUSING and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh has waxed lyrical on the merits of the "build and sell" concept under which houses are built first and then offered for sale. But, lest anyone get carried away with this obviously attractive proposal, he was quick to point out that in effect it is only a pipe dream, that it won't materialise in the foreseeable future. Why? Because the housing developers say so. The minister is taking such great care not to unsettle the developers, for aren't they the demigods who have built up the property sector into such a strong pillar of the national economy? Never mind the ruins that lie in their wake, the hundreds of abandoned housing schemes, the financial institutions that went bust or had to be salvaged at the taxpayers' expense, or the hundreds of thousands of folks suffering because they didn't get the houses they were paying for. Why the Government continues to bend over backwards to appease housing and other property developers is not that difficult to understand but nevertheless unpalatable - for the MCA these developers remain among its financial "fat cats". In the aftermath of the mid-1980s party crisis several of the big-time developers were actually running the party. While financial scandals and other criminal offences caused some of them to fade away from the forefront of MCA polities, their influence still reeks within the party and MCA ministers find themselves still beholden to the bidding of the property sector

Kaji kelayakan pemaju 10/04/1991 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan diminta jangan mengambil alih projek perumahan terbengkalai sewenang-wenang sebelum memastikan kelayakan dan latarbelakang pemaju yang terbabit dalam projek itu. Langkah itu perlu bagi memastikan projek yang diambil alih dapat dipulihkan mengikut waktu dan mengelakkan pertindihan masalah daripada pemaju lama dan baru.

Perlis seeks to help victims of errant developers 10/04/1991 NST
KANGAR, Tues. - The State Government is seeking a moratorium for housing loans taken by Government servants who bought houses in abandoned schemes. State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Loh Yoon Foo said today this was to help ease their financial burden.

Cure, but prevention is needed 10/04/1991 NST
IF you were to buy a house now for $100,000 and take a loan for $80,000 repayable over 20 years, be prepared to stump out some, $700 a month. If you earn anything under $2,000 a month, that's a lot to pay. Now consider this. You have paid a developer $50,000 for that $100,000 dream house, but he has run off with your money. You will be paying some $4,000 a year or over $360 a month in interest with nothing to show for it. This puts paid to any hope you may harbour of buying another house with your income since you have to continue paying this interest to your banks, unless of course, you repay the principal. Which is out of the question with your income. There are some 55,000 such buyers in various stages of difficulty in Malaysia - the hapless victims of incompetent, bungling, unscrupulous, greedy and irresponsible housing developers. Multiply the figure by four (to a household) and the number of people affected by abandoned housing schemes comes to about 220,000, equivalent to one quarter of the population of Kuala Lumpur, including the suburbs.

79 pemilik rumah ragui tindakan MDM  10/04/1991 BH
PANTAI REMIS, Selasa - Tujuh puluh sembilan pemilik rumah di Taman Pantai Wang di sini, hairan bagaimana Majlis Daerah Manjung (MDM) boleh mengeluarkan sijil kelayakan menduduki (CF) untuk rumah mereka walaupun rumah berkenaan tidak dilengkapi bekalan elektrik, air dan sistem saluran najis yang sempurna. Tinjauan Berita Harian ke kawasan perumahan itu menunjukkan kawasan itu kini dipenuhi semak manakala rumah yang ditinggalkan menjadi tumpuan penagih dadah.

Legal hitches in Ministry move to revive projects? 12/04/1991 BT By Khaidir Abd Majid
THE move by the Housing and Local Government Ministry to seek legal power to take over abandoned housing schemes from their original developers will make it possible to revive projects whose developers have gone missing. However, a source said,  it will take some time before the ministry will gain such powers as taking over an abandoned project will involve some legal  complications.

House buyers still saddled with problems, not homes 15/04/1991 NST By Shaik Osman Majid
LAWS, Thomas Jefferson observed, will be wisely formed, in proportion as those who form them are wise. If it wants to protect buyers effectively, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government needs all the wise men it can muster for the latest review of the laws on housing.

Elak lewat: Pembeli perlu rajin temui pegawai bank  18/04/1991 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Pembeli rumah dinasihatkan supaya `rajin' menemui pegawai bank dan syarikat guaman yang mengeluarkan pinjaman rumah, bagi mengelakkan diri daripada dibebani `denda' kerana kelewatan pihak bank menjelaskan bayaran kemajuan projek yang dituntut oleh pemaju. Sesetengah pembeli rumah terpaksa menanggung denda atau bayaran faedah kelewatan di antara $500 dan $1,000 (bergantung kepada jumlah tuntutan dan kadar kelewatannya) kerana kelewatan bank membayar pinjaman kepada pemaju.

Anxiously waiting to move into new house 18/04/1991 MM
* BUYER of Taman Pertama in Cheras wants to know when he will be able to move into his new house in Taman Medan, Petaling South. "The developer had promised it would be ready by February last year, but more than a year has passed and the house is still not completed," says Buyer in a letter.

Houses show cracks as river bank erodes  18/04/1991 MM
RESIDENTS of bungalows along Jalan 14/30, Petaling Jaya are worried that erosion of the Sungai Penchala banks may cause more cracks in their homes. They also fear damage from falling trees on the opposite side of the river. The roots of these trees are exposed after progressive erosion.

Builders ready for discussion 20/04/1991 NST
HOUSING developers are generally receptive to the idea of holding a seminar to discuss the pros and cons of the Government's build-then-sell concept to help overcome the problem of abandoned housing schemes. Chairman of the Federal Territory/Selangor Housing Developers' Association Alan Tong Kok Mau said, the Housing and Local Government Ministry's move to hold such a seminar was fair.

Perlis housing scheme 20/04/1991 BT
THE Perlis Government has agreed to take over a private housing project in Taman Aman near Padang Katong in Kangsar which was abandoned after the developer died five months ago. Assistant State Secretary (Housing and Local Government) Rodzi Hussein said the Housing and Local Government Division and agreed to do so with the cooperation of the Perlis Economic development corporation. He said of the 122 houses planned for the project, 22 buyers had made their down payment of 10 per cent. Construction of the had 22 houses was almost 80 per cent complete. Encik Rodzi said the Government will also help people who had bought low-and medium-cost houses and had problems with the developers. He said six housing projects comprising more than 600 houses had been abandoned in Perlis.

Perlis to take over abandoned project 20/04/1991 NST
KANGAR, Fri. - The Perlis Government has agreed to take over a private housing project in Taman Aman near Padang Katong here which was abandoned after the developer died five months ago. Assistant State Secretary (Housing and Local Government) Encik Rodzi Hussein said the Housing and Local Government Division had agreed to do so with the co-operation of the Perlis Economic Development Corporation.

TPPT untuk bantu pembeli 21/04/1991 BM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kes penyelewengan bank yang menghalang mengkaji bantuan kewangan Pemulihan Perumahan Terbengkalai adalah punca utama kelewatan permohonan diluluskan, kata Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Sehubungan itu, katanya, TPPT sudah diarahkan untuk hanya mempercepatkan proses meluluskan bantuan kepada projek terbengkalai yang memenuhi semua syarat.

Only for house buyers 21/04/1991 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The disbursement of $206.6 million from the $600-million Abandoned Housing Projects Fund is to ensure house buyers obtain their long delayed homes and is not to help developers solve their financial woes. Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today the money is to be utilised to revive 60 abandoned housing projects which will benefit 11,000 house buyers.

Formula perumahan berkesan mesti dicari  22/04/1991 BH
KESUKARAN dan kegetiran yang dihadapi oleh kira-kira 11,000 pembeli rumah di 60 projek perumahan kerana rumah yang mereka tempah tidak siap dan sebaliknya terbengkalai, memang kerap dilaporkan oleh media massa. Namun malangnya, walaupun pelbagai siasatan, jaminan serta janji dibuat oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan, pemaju perumahan dan pada beberapa peringkat, pihak Kementerian Perumahan sendiri untuk membantu, kes-kes itu hanya berhenti setakat janji dan jaminan sahaja. Pembeli-pembeli rumah yang malang itu terpaksa menerima sahaja nasib murung yang menimpa mereka - membayar balik pinjaman daripada institusi kewangan dan terus membayar sewa rumah tempat tinggal sementara. Justeru ini, ada juga pembeli yang tidak dapat menahan sabar dan "menyerbu masuk" serta menghuni rumah yang separuh siap dan belum mendapat sijil layak tinggal lagi. Hal ini juga turut dilaporkan oleh media massa dengan agak meluas; namun tidak banyak kemajuan dicapai. Lantas, mengambil kira betapa beratnya penderitaan yang ditanggung oleh rakyat yang terbabit itu kerajaan telah menubuhkan Tabung Pemulihan Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) dengan peruntukan $600 juta. Tujuan tabung ini jelas -menyelamatkan projek-projek perumahan yang terbengkalai kerana pelbagai sebab, terutama kewangan, agar dapat disiapkan segera dan mengizinkan pembeli menghuni rumah idaman mereka. Setakat 31 Mac lalu 201 pemaju perumahan yang bermasalah telah membuat permohonan untuk mendapat peruntukan kewangan bagi menyiapkan projek masing-masing. Daripada jumlah itu, hanya 60 permohonan yang diluluskan. Permohonan yang lain, oleh kerana pelbagai sebab, termasuk masalah salahguna wang, pinjaman kepada pihak bank atau terikat dengan pembiayaan pinjaman melalui Bank Pusat Kerjasama (CCB) yang kini diletakkan di bawah tanggungan oleh Bank Negara, tidak dapat dipertimbangkan.

Pay up, defaulters told 22/04/1991 BT
OCCUPANTS of public low-cost housing schemes in Perlis should immediately pay up the arrears of their instalments to the State Housing Deparment, State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Loh Yoon Foo said yesterday in Kangar. He said they owed the State Government $2 million over the last 10 years with each in arrears of between $500 and $5,000. Those facing problems can meet officers of the Housing Division at the State Secretariat to discuss their problems and ways to settle their payment of arrears. Mr Loh denied a newspaper report quoting him as saying that the Government will repossess the houses of those who had failed to settle their payments. He said he had only stated that the Government will take action according to the law against the defaulters.

Feedback on concept 23/04/1992  BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will take steps to reduce hassles faced by house buyers after it receives feedback on the "build-then-sell" concept discussed at a housing seminar in Kuala Lumpur recently. The Deputy Minister Osu Sukam said yesterday a committee formed after the seminar has compiled feedback on response to the concept which was not favourably received by members of the Housing Developers Association (HDA). The ministry expected the committee to submit its report within a month, he told reporters after visiting the site of a housing project being completed under the Abandoned Housing Projects Fund in Taman Dagang, Ampang.

Swasta minat ambil alih projek terbengkalai 23/04/1991 BH
BATU PAHAT, Isnin - Beberapa syarikat swasta berminat mengambil alih projek perumahan terbengkalai di beberapa bandar di negara ini, kata Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Haji Daud Datuk Haji Taha. Beliau berkata, rundingan perlu diadakan dengan pemaju terbabit sebelum projek itu diserahkan kepada syarikat berkenaan.

Buyers take joint action on abandoned project 24/04/1991 MM
FED-UP with an abandoned project, a group of buyers of the Sri Hartamas `City Home' apartments have got together to support a legal action against the developer. The group, which has formed a pro tem committee, is calling all buyers to support the action which involves a winding-up petition against the developer.

Perlis SEDC to revive project 25/04/1991 NST
KANGAR, Wed. - The Perlis state Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will take over the Taman Aman housing project in Padang Katong which has been abandoned since last year. Menteri Besar Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh said today that the SEDC would spend about $8 million to revive the project which was 80 per cent completed.

Perwira Indra Sakti the turn-around specialist 26/04/1991 MM
PERWIRA INDRA SAKTI Sdn Bhd has turned around abandoned projects making dreams come true for thousands of
housebuyers. Potential house-owners caught in the run-around of abandoned housing schemes feel relieved when their housing schemes are revived.

Shorter wait for developers 26/04/1991 ST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Housing developers can now expect a shorter processing period when applying for the $600 million allocation under the Abandoned Housing Project Fund (AHPF) to rehabilitate abandoned housing projects. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said the present six months period taken to process an application was too long.

Number of houses built by private developers rises 35pc  26/04/1991 BT
THE number of houses developed by private developers under licence from the Housing and Local Government Ministry rose by 35 per cent to 124,083 units last year, compared with 92,173 units in 1989. Of the total developed in 1990, 33.5 per cent were low-cost houses, 44 per cent medium-cost houses and 22.5 per cent higher-priced houses.

Accept offer, house buyers advised   28/04/1991 NSUNT
KANGAR, Sat. - The Perlis State Economic Development Corporation's willingness to revive abandoned housing schemes is a golden opportunity for those affected to realise their dreams, State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Loh Yoon Foo said today. He said together with the developers, buyers should now take immediate follow-up action so that the PSEDC could step in and complete the projects.

 

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