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(1991)

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Builders will need special account in August 01/05/1991 BT
THE Housing Development Account Regulations, drawn up to protect house buyers from unscrupulous developers and to reduce the incidence of abandoned housing projects, will be enforced beginning August 1. The account, which will be part of the regulations in the Housing Development Act 1989, has to be opened by developers with any financial institution in the country.

12-year wait for land title  02/05/1991 MM
* JEGA says his plans to renovate his house in Taman Bukit Raya in Setapak has been put on hold for the past 12 years through no fault of his. He mays the bank is willing to give him a loan for renovation, but he cannot get it because the developer has yet to give him the land title.

`We are in the dark' 03/05/1991 MM
BUYERS of PKNS low-cost houses at Pandamaran Jaya did not know their houses had not been issued certificates of fitness - until they read about it in The Malay Mail last Wednesday. The Malay Mail had reported that houses at Jalan 4, 6 and 8 were not issued with the certificates. The houses are more than 20-years-old.

Pembeli minta selesai segera projek terbengkalai  04/05/1991 BH
KLANG, Jumaat - Kira-kira 140 pembeli rumah kos sederhana di Taman Nakhoda Yusuf di sini meminta Kerajaan Selangor dan Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan menyelesaikan segera projek perumahan yang terbelengkalai sejak 13 tahun lalu. Kebanyakan pembeli rumah terbabit mendakwa, beberapa pihak bertanggungjawab melakukan penyelewengan sehingga projek perumahan yang dibina pada 1978 itu masih belum siap

Elyas: Follow building plans 05/05/1991 NSTUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat.  City Hall will not issue certificates of fitness (CFs) to developers who fail to construct according to the approved building plans. Datuk Bandar Tan Sri Elyas Omar assured buyers that City Hall would keep a close watch on development to ensure that developers fulfil their promises.

Buyers yet to find solace 06/05/1991 BT By P. Parameswaran
WHO are the real victims of abandoned housing projects, developers or buyers? This issue has arisen anew following Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's recent statement that the $600 million Abandoned Housing Project Fund (AHPF) is not part of a government rescue operation for developers but to ensure that house buyers obtain their long-delayed homes. There is no doubt that developers look upon the Bank Negara-administered fund as some kind of a cash cow to solve their financial woes. They are of the view that the Government will continue to assist them until the cows come home even if they continue abandoning their projects. The buyers, on the other hand, interprets the fund as also favouring the developers, rather than alleviating their plight.

Victim's suit a test case 06/05/1991 MM By Faridah Hamid
THE 10th robbery victim at the Bayview Apartment in Seri Sentosa, Mr Sukhdev Singh, will sue developer Bedford
Development Sdn Bhd, for breach of contract. Mr Sukhdev's lawyer, Mr M. Menon, said the suit which will also contend gross negligence by the developer, will be a test case.

Challenge over 24-hour security  06/05/1991 NST-CITYXBy Rajesh Taluar
A DEVELOPER, who had advertised 24-hour security as one of the features in a housing project, is facing legal action by a resident broken into. This case will be an eyeopener as apartment and condiminium developers lure buyers by advertising round-the-clock security - which later became lax.

Ministry rescues abandoned housing projects 06/05/1991 NST
SITIAWAN, Sun. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has rescued 101 abandoned housing schemes throughout the country, using money from a special Government fund set up for the purpose, Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. Dr Ting said they were among 381 abandoned schemes involving 83,036 housing units and 49,444 housebuyers with an estimated project value of nearly $5 billion.

Govt serious about taking over abandoned projects 07/05/1991BT  
THE Government is serious about obtaining power to take over abandoned housing projects, although it knows there may be some legal complications, especially if the projects are under receivership or the land is charged to a bank. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday the necessary amendments to the law to acquire such power may take some time but the ministry will continue to work at it.

Security still lax in many city apartments 07/05/1991 NST -CITYX
THE legal poser over 24-hour security at apartments has brought to public attention the plight of residents who have suffered break-ins. A NST probe team conducted a survey last Sunday at number of apartment blocks in the Klang Valley and found lax security in most instances.

Harga rumah tidak akan naik 07/05/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Harga rumah di negara ini tidak akan dinaikkan berikutan wujudnya Akaun Pemaju Perumahan 1991 yang dirangka bagi mengelak masalah projek rumah terbengkalai, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Dr Ting Chew Peh, hari ini. Katanya, berikutan pewujudan akaun itu, tiada sebab pemaju perumahan menaikkan harga rumah kerana wang projek akan dapat diuruskan dengan lebih teratur.

No housing delays, says Minister 07/05/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The Housing (Project Account) Regulations 1991, which is expected to come into force in August, will not delay the implementation of housing projects. Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said today that under the requirement for developers to open such accounts with banks or financial institutions, cheque payments in connection with the projects would have to be countersigned by officers from the banks or financial institutions.

Ministry reviews law on discarded projects 08/05/1991 NST  By Nafizah Nadzim
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is reviewing existing legislation to allow its Minister to appoint new developers to revive housing projects which have been completely abandoned and where the developers cannot be traced. Its Minister, Dr Ting Chew Peh, said today the review of the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act was to allow him to appoint new developers to take over projects where the original developers could not be traced.

Services charges won't add burden to builders 11/05/1991 BT
DEVELOPERS are not likely to be overburdened by service charges for opening separate accounts for each of their housing projects under the Housing Project Account (HPA) Regulations which is expected to be enforced in August. The Housing and Local Government Ministry will meet financial institutions to discuss the "appropriate" interest rate for accounts opened under the regulations so as to lessen their burden with regards to service charges.

Akaun pemaju tidak akan tingkatkan kos 11/05/1991BH
AKAUN Pemaju Perumahan (APP) yang akan dikuatkuasakan Ogos ini, dijangka tidak meningkatkan kos kepada pemaju terbabit untuk membuka akaun berkenaan, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Dr Ting Chew Peh. Katanya, walaupun pemaju diwajibkan membuka akaun bagi setiap projek perumahan yang dimajukan, ia tidak akan membabitkan kos yang tinggi kerana caj yang dikenakan adalah berdasarkan kadar faedah semasa.

Abandoned project to be revived   12/05/1991 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Taman Sri Kenari Kajang project will be revived this July with a $2.5 million loan from the Finance Ministry under the "Abandoned Housing Project Fund". The project by developers Maribena Sdn Bhd was abandoned six years ago.

Pre-fab homes axed 14/05/1991 BT
THE Pahang Government has decided to stop building pre-fabricated low-cost homes because of bad experience with one such public housing project in Kuantan, the State Legislative Assembly was told yesterday. State housing and rural growth centre committee chairman Adnan Yaakob said a pre-fabricated low cost the Bandar Indera Mahkota had created problems for the Government and occupants. "The state had to spend $240,000 to rectify structural defects such as to repair cracks," he said. From this experience, it has decided not to build any more public housing using the concept, he said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Haji Ibrahim Taib (BN-Sungai Lembing).

Long wait for her Taman Medan house14/05/1991 NST
MISS Fernandes booked a house in November 1987 in Taman Medan. It was scheduled for completion two years later - in November 1989. Till today, the housing developer, Jiwa Murni Sdn Bhd, has yet to deliver the keys to her house. "This November, the delivery will be overdue by two years," she points out.

Kesulitan wang punca koperasi gagal siap projek 15/05/1991 BH
LEBIH 300 projek perumahan dan perniagaan hartanah di seluruh negara yang diusahakan oleh pelbagai koperasi sejak koperasi terbengkalai dan sukar dipulihkan. Kajian Bank Negara sehingga 31 Disember 1990 menunjukkan sebanyak 325 projek perumahan di seluruh negara bernilai $3,904 bilion dikategorikan sebagai projek terbengkalai.

Developers: It's a good idea but not for now 17/05/1991 NST
THE Selangor and Federal Territory Housing Developers Association yesterday described the, "build and sell" concept for houses as a good idea but felt that it is not opportune to implement such a concept now. Its chairman Tong Kok Mau said its members who discussed the proposal during the association annual general meeting yesterday felt that many other factor's must be ironed out before going ahead with the idea.

Long wait for her Taman Medan house 14/05/1991 NST
MISS Fernandes booked a house in November 1987 in Taman Medan. It was scheduled for completion two years later - in November 1989. Till today, the housing developer, Jiwa Murni Sdn Bhd, has yet to deliver the keys to her house. "This November, the delivery will be overdue by two years," she points out.

Anxious to get house titles 18/05/1991 MM
THE absence of individual land titles is causing civil servants Jaya and Inspector a lot of inconvenience. Jaya is still waiting for the release of a document on a house bought in Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut, in 1989, while Inspector is waiting for papers on a house bought in Taman Bukit Teratai, Ampang, last year

Living in fear of landslip 18/05/1991 NST-CITYX
TWENTY families in Taman Seri Negeri in Ampangan, Seremban, are living in fear of a landslip. They dread the rain and fear that it will only be a matter of time before something untoward happens. The fear that the embankment supporting the ground near a slope will collapse due to the clearing of a plot of land next to the housing estate.

Housebuyer wants to discuss the latest refund offer 21/05/1991 MM
A PRINCE COURT condominium buyer is hoping to meet other buyers of the abandoned Ampang project to discuss the latest offer of refund. Mrs Chong Beng Nee said the offer was made last week by First Allied Corporation Berhad (FACB) to settle the refund by a dollar-for-dollar. (Prince Court's developer was Arosa Development Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of FACB)

Housing fraud probe 23/05/1991 BT
THE Penang Government will investigate allegations that many house buyers had lost their deposits totalling more than $1 million because of abandoned housing projects. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ibrahim Saad said in Penang yesterday the charge that housing developers also cheated buyers by issuing receipts without stamp fees must be viewed seriously. He said the Government will ask the affected house buyers to form an action committee to gather proof and initiate legal action. He was commenting on a newspaper report that many house buyers in the state had been cheated by housing developers. According to the report, the housing developers which issued the false receipts also placed their companies under receivership or under finance companies which later made new offers to the public.

Ipoh drops plan on rock base surveys 24/05/1991 NST
IPOH, Thurs. - The State Government will now not make it compulsory for developers to conduct detailed rock base surveys before developing ex-mining land. State Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Au How Cheong said the State Government made the decision after taking into account the costs involved and that it would later be passed down to the buyers by the developers.

Jangan salahkan kerajaan 24/05/1991 BH 
REMBAU, Khamis - Kerajaan negeri jangan dipersalahkan jika ada projek perumahan terbengkalai kerana kebanyakannya disebabkan masalah dalaman yang dihadapi pemaju, kata Menteri Besar Datuk Haji Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. Menurutnya, kerajaan tiada kuasa untuk bertindak ke atas pemaju, tetapi akan berusaha menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi oleh pembeli.

Abandoned housing 24/05/1991 BT
A SPECIAL committee, chaired by State Executive Councillor Hon Choon Kim has been set up to discuss abandoned housing projects in Negri Sembilan. Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamad Isa Samad said 17 of the 44 abandoned housing projects in the state have been or will be revived using the Finance Ministry fund to rehabilitate them. From time to time, the committee will discuss with Bank Negara and the Housing Developers Association how to resolve problems faced by the remaining 27 abandoned projects. The Menteri Besar was speaking to reporters after handing keys to 148 house buyers of the Koperasi Serbaguna Negeri Sembilan, Chembong, in Rembau on Wednesday.

Concern over site of housing project 25/05/1991 MM
BUYERS of houses in a project under construction are worried that the project is too close to a steep hill. One of the buyers told The Malay Mail yesterday the brochure given to her before she made the purchase did not state the exact location of the project but "looked very impressive".

Odds against build-then-sell concept 27/05/1991  BT
THE odds are stacked heavily against the build-then-sell housing concept which is considered to be holding the key to resolving the abandoned housing project problem. Housing developers warn that house prices may go through the roof and bankers vow they cannot share the risk under such a concept in which houses are sold only after they are completed and have been issued the certificate of fitness for occupation. Under the present progressive-payment system, houses are sold as they are built but there have been complaints of late or no delivery at all because of errant developers who abandoned their projects. As at the end of last year, housing projects valued at $4.9 billion involving nearly 50,000 buyers were abandoned.

18 projek rumah terbengkalai  28/05/1991 BH
KUANTAN, Isnin - Lapan belas projek perumahan di negeri ini yang membabitkan kira-kira $124 juta terbengkalai tahun lalu, berikutan pemaju rumah tidak menyiapkannya mengikut jadual. Bagaimanapun, sembilan daripada projek berkenaan sedang dalam proses pemulihan, manakala enam lagi diletakkan dalam tanggungan.

Frustrating wait to move into new house 28/05/1991 NST
HARUN from Kampung Pandan bought a single-storey terrace house in Taman Kencana some time in February 1989. The house, which cost $65,000, was to be completed the same year. Until today, HARUN says, the house has not been completed. Numerous calls have been made to the developer but HARUN was told that the house would be ready soon.

Garis panduan akaun pemaju siap 29/05/1991 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kerajaan sudah menyiapkan garis panduan Akaun Pemaju Perumahan yang diwajibkan ke atas pemaju perumahan yang mahu melaksanakan projek mereka mulai Ogos ini. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata pihaknya mengadakan perbincangan dengan pegawai Bank Negara dan Persatuan Bank-Bank mengenai garis panduan itu, semalam.

New housing project law in final stage 29/05/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is finalising the Housing Development Account Regulation, 1991, with Bank Negara, the Association of Banks in Malaysia and the Housing Developers' Association. The new regulation, aimed at protecting house buyers from being cheated by unscrupulous housing developers, will be gazetted next month and come into force in August.

Guidelines for builders 29/05/1991 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has finalised the guidelines for housing developers to withdraw money from the proposed Housing Development Account (HDA). Its minister, Dr Ting Chew Peh, said in Subang yesterday discussions were held with Bank Negara and the Malaysian Bankers Association (MBA) on Monday on the appropriate interest rate for the account. He declined to elaborate but said that the HDA would gazetted next month that and enforced in August. Dr Thing hed said that a new clause under the Housing Development Act on the proposed account would be gazetted to avoid the misuse of housebuyers' money . The account will hold all monies paid by housebuyers' money. The account will hold all monies paid by housebuyers and withdrawals from the account will be limited to expenses related to the particular housing scheme.

100 buyers in bid to stop land auction 29/05/1991 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - About 100 buyers of industrial lots in the Kepong Industrial Complex, which has been abandoned since 1986, today proposed to revive the project. The buyers formed a 12-member pro-tem committee and immediately passed a resolution to stop Asia Commercial Finance Bhd (ACF) from auctioning the 10-hectare plot next month.

Ting: No formal study on abandoned projects 30/05/1991 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has not conducted any study on abandoned housing projects. According to its minister, Dr Ting Chew Peh, what the ministry had said previously was that housing projects were abandoned due to a number of reasons, among them the recession, mis-management, and misuse of funds. "No formal study has been carried out," he said, referring to a newspaper report which claimed that many housing developers of abandoned projects had used the funds from banks to make other investments or to spend on luxury items for their companies.

Hubungi pembeli rumah 31/05/1991 BH
SAYA ingin berhubung dengan pembeli rumah di Taman Indra Senai, Johor kerana saya difahamkan projek rumah itu tergendala sejak tahun 1984. Saya cuba berhubung dengan pemaju berkenaan di Batu Pahat, tetapi pemaju berkenaan sudah bankrap dan tidak lagi membuka perniagaan dan diberitahu boleh mendapat semula wang melalui Biro Bantuan Guaman.

 

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