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(1992)

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Grouse over repair costs to leaking tank 04/02/1992 MM By Yushaimi Yahya; Kamala Nagappan
RESIDENT of the Taman Taming Jaya low-cost flat in Balakong complains about being asked to bear the repair costs to his leaking water tank by the developer. "The tank is new and yet it has started to leak. I only discovered the leak recently after noticing the high water bills," he says.

Compensation for "loss' of feng shui 06/02/1992 NST-CITYX  By Abdul Razak Chik
SOME residents in Bukit Damansara are demanding compensation for the loss of good feng shui which they claim will be gone with the construction of a four-storey condominium in the area. They have resorted to seeking compensation after failing to block the construction of the Desa Bistari condominium project in Lorong Setiabistari Enam in Damansara.

Pemaju tidak minat pulih projek terbiar 07/02/1992 BH
SEREMBAN, Khamis - Kerajaan negeri mendapati sesetengah pemaju tidak berminat memajukan semula projek perumahan yang terbengkalai, kata Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. Beliau berkata, pemaju seharusnya mengikis sikap itu bagi menjamin kepentingan pembeli.

Developers must now provide sports facilities 08/02/1992 NST
IPOH, Fri. - The Cabinet has instructed all local government authorities in the country to draw up master plans to make it compulsory for housing developers to include sports facilities in their schemes. Youth and Sports Minister Senator Haji Annuar Musa said today local authorities and housing developers could decide on the facilities to be made available.

Errant house buyers warned of repossession 11/02/1992 NST
PENANG, Mon. - The State Government has warned 218 government hire-purchase house buyers who owe the State about $9.1 million in arrears that their houses will be repossesed if they do not settle the arrears by the end of the month. State housing, environment and committee chairman Haji Zakaria Bakar said the defaulters should be sincere in wanting to settle their arrears.

Building collapse inquiry to take two more weeks 12/02/1992 MM
POLICE will question several more workers and witnesses to complete their inquiry into the partial collapse of a sub-station building under construction in Shah Alam recently. Shah Alam OCPD DSP Mohamad Salim Abbas said they will need at least two weeks to complete the inquiry.

Residents divided over move 12/02/1992 MM By Alina Simon
SQUATTERS in Kampung Puah Seberang and Kampung Chubadak in Sentul Pasar are divided over the issue of relocation to make way for a housing project. While some of the 120 families accept the offer given by the developer, Sentul Murni Sdn Bhd, others are dissatisfied with some of the terms spelt out in the letter which was circulated among the residents last August.

Larangan jual tanah 13/02/1992 BH By Mustafa Albakri Baharom
BATU PAHAT, Rabu - Rakyat asing tidak lagi dibenarkan membeli tanah di negara ini, kecuali untuk tapak perindustrian dan hartanah, mengikut draf Kanun Tanah Negara yang bakal dibentangkan dalam sidang Parlimen akan datang. Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, berkata kerajaan negeri menerima draf itu dan pada dasarnya bersetuju dengan pindaan dalam kanun berkenaan.

Lack of low-cost houses in Penang 14/02/1992 NST-CITYX By A.Kathirasen
THERE are 64,000 applicants for low-cost housing in Penang and there are not enough houses to meet the demand. State Housing, Environment and Culture Committee chairman Haji Zakaria Bakar said the State Government was doing its best to provide more housing for Penangites.

Taktik pemaju naikkan harga rumah 14/02/1992 HM By Sulaiman Abdullah
HULU LANGAT: Pembeli rumah teres di sebuah projek perumahan di kawasan seluas kira-kira 51 hektar di kawasan Mukim Ampang tidak puas hati dengan bayaran ganti rugi yang diterima berikutan kelewatan pemaju menyiapkan rumah mereka. Seorang daripada pembeli ruamh teres itu, Ghazali Samad, 33, berkata sebelum ini pemaju perumahan itu bersetuju, dalam perjanjian bertulis, membayar pampasan di antara $1,500 dan $4,000 jika berlaku kelewatan pembinaan rumah.

Penduduk keliru terima dua bil 14/02/1992 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Pemaju perumahan di sebuah projek perumahan di Selayang, dekat sini masih meminta penduduk pangsapuri yang dibinanya menjelaskan bayaran perkhidmatan, walaupun semua perkhidmatan itu sudah diambilalih oleh Majlis Daerah Gombak (MDG). Berikutan itu kira-kira 400 keluarga yang tinggal di situ semakin keliru kerana di samping menerima bil daripada pemaju berkenaan, mereka juga turut menerima bil daripada MDG bagi membuat bayaran perkhidmatan yang diberikan.

CM: Don't ban sale to foreigners 15/02/1992 NST
PENANG, Fri. - Amendments to the National Land Code should not ban the sale of industrial and commercial land to foreigners as this will drive investors away, Chief Minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today. Selling industrial land to foreigners would also help to generate more jobs, he added.

Clogged drain around flats 15/02/1992 MM By Faridah Yaacob; Mahaya Salleh; Nurazah Ismail
* AH of Taman Cahaya in Ampang wonders how much longer the housing developer will take to clear a clogged drain around his block of flats. He says the drain around the block has been clogged since he moved in six months ago.

Housebuyers in the lurch 15/02/1992 MM By Elan Perumal
SOME 41 housebuyers in Klang are in a quandary after a developer constructing their houses abandoned the project in Teluk Pulai and disappeared. The project, Taman Rahmat, has been left abandoned for the past seven years and the developer has been missing for more than a year.

KL may set new term for builders 17/02/1992 BT By Bahaman K'Zaman
CITY Hall may have to set a precondition that developers must agree to build schools in their housing projects if they want to have the projects approved. Datuk Bandar Tan Sri Elyas Omar said developers need not fear the precondition because the schools will not be built for free, but will be sold to the Education Ministry.

All keyed up over house compensation 17/02/1992 MM
* STEPHANIE of Shah Alam is worried that her brother might not get full compensation for late delivery of his house as provided for in the sale and purchase agreement. "My brother bought a low-cost double-storey terrace house in Desa Jenjarom, Port Klang, in May 1989," she says.

Penduduk soal tindakan pemaju 17/02/1992 HM By Khalid Yasin
KLANG: Bagaimana pemaju boleh memajukan tanah seluas 26.7 hektar di Lot 6400, perkampungan setinggan Rimba Jaya, Padang Jawa sedangkan mereka bukan pemilik tanah itu? Itulah persoalan beberapa penduduk kampung berkenaan, berikutan ada ura-ura mereka dipindahkan untuk memberi laluan kepada pemaju melaksanakan projek perumahan di kawasan kampung mereka.

Judge: Review law to shield house buyers 18/02/1992 NST By Zarinah Daud
PENANG, Mon. - A High Court judge suggested today that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government look into the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 to provide adequate protection to house buyers. Mr Justice Mohamed Dzaiddin Haji Abdullah said the Act had failed to control the activities of developers demanding money from customers as the Act did not have any specific provisions on the matter.

It's now Taman Cempaka Sari: Council 18/02/1992 MM By Faridah Yaacob; Nurazah Ismail
* TUNE of Klang says he is in the dark as to the name of the housing area where he is staying. "All this while, the area was known as Taman Klang Utama. However, recently, I received my house assessment notice from the Town Council which was addressed to me but gave the area's name as Taman Cempaka Sari," he says.

Rumah pasang siap retak 18/02/1992 BH By Noorwati Salleh
KUANTAN, Isnin - Sebahagian rumah pasang siap di kawasan perumahan awam kos rendah Bandar Indera Mahkota, dekat sini didapati retak, bocor dan dipercayai tidak selamat diduduki. Penduduk kawasan itu mendakwa rumah mereka tidak kukuh dan sebahagian besar bahan binaannya bermutu rendah.

Cukai pintu MDG tak sama dengan bayaran khidmat pemaju 18/02/1992 HM
GOMBAK: Majlis Daerah Gombak (MDG) hanya meminta bayaran taksiran cukai pintu manakala pemaju pula mengutip bayaran perkhidmatan - dua jenis bayaran yang dikenakan terhadap penghuni di kawasan Pangsapuri Merak, Taman Bukit Idaman, Selayang, awal bulan ini adalah berbeza. Menjelaskan demikian, Setiausaha MDG, Mokhtar Ahmad, berkata cukai pintu yang dikenakan oleh MDG itu hanya meliputi perkhidmatan seperti jalan, lampu jalan dan perkhidmatan yang menyeluruh.

Resident gets to serve order on landowner and developer 19/02/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The High Court today ordered that a landowner and the developer of two condominium blocks in Persiaran Bukit Tunku be served with an action brought by a resident who is seeking to quash the Datuk Bandar's decision in approving the project and increasing the number of people staying in the area. Siah Kwee Mow and Aureate Construction Sdn Bhd had been named as the third and fourth respondents in the action brought by Datin Azizah Abdul Ghani, who is seeking to quash the Datuk Bandar's decision made on Jan 10 last year to increase the number of people, from 10 to 44 per acre, and approving the construction of the condominium.

100 buka Akaun Pemaju Perumahan sejak Ogos 19/02/1992 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Seratus pemaju perumahan membuka Akaun Pemaju Perumahan sejak peraturan itu berkuatkuasa Ogos lalu, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Dr Ting Chew Peh. Menurutnya, mereka membuka akaun masing-masing dalam tempoh dua minggu selepas memperolehi lesen projek perumahan.

Water rate poser 19/02/1992 MM By Nurazah Ismail; Faridah Yaacob
WAH of Taman Naga Emas in Salak South is upset over the new water supply rate, charged by the Waterworks Department. "I stay in a low-cost flat. In 1990 when I first moved in, the rate was at 50 sen per cubic metre only," he says.

Resident gets to serve order on landowner and developer 19/02/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The High Court today ordered that a landowner and the developer of two condominium blocks in Persiaran Bukit Tunku be served with an action brought by a resident who is seeking to quash the Datuk Bandar's decision in approving the project and increasing the number of people staying in the area. Siah Kwee Mow and Aureate Construction Sdn Bhd had been named as the third and fourth respondents in the action brought by Datin Azizah Abdul Ghani, who is seeking to quash the Datuk Bandar's decision made on Jan 10 last year to increase the number of people, from 10 to 44 per acre, and approving the construction of the condominium.

Concern over demands for feng shui loss 19/02/1992 NST-CITYX By Harris Iskandar Taib
THE Federal Territory-Selangor Housing Developers Association is concerned over compensation claims by several house owners for the loss of good feng shui due to new development in their adjoining areas. Association chairman Alan Tong Kok Mau said if these demands and claims were met, the repercussions, as a result of the precedence set, would be unending and detrimental to the development of the nation.

Tujuh tahun terbengkalai 19/02/1992 HM By Ahmad Nasir Mohamad
KLANG: Sebanyak $353,043 sudah dijelaskan, tetapi rumah masih tidak boleh diduduki kerana masih belum disiapkan sejak tujuh tahun dan menimbulkan masalah kepada lebih 20 pembelinya. Tinjauan Harian Metro mendapati lebih 40 unit rumah di Taman Rahmat, Jalan Hassan, Sungai Udang dekat sini terbengkalai kerana pemajunya dikatakan lari dan tidak dapat dikesan hingga sekarang.

Builder forks out $15m for squatters' relocation 20/02/1992 BT By Jennifer Jacobs
DANAU Kota Development, the developer of a new $400 million township near Setapak, is forking out $15 million to subsidise the relocation of squatters at Kampung Pasir Wardieburn. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Danau Kota Development and the squatters' committee recently, those affected will be moved to low-cost flats which are due to be completed in two years' time.

Relocation dispute ends in peace 20/02/1992 MM
A SEVEN-YEAR wait to relocate 1,400 squatters from Kampung Pasir Wardieburn in Setapak finally ended when an amicable solution was reached with the developer. Under the terms of settlement between the squatters and Danau Kota Development Sdn Bhd, the residents will not only be able to buy $25,000 low-cost flats but will also be given priority to choose lower units of the 20-storey block.

Bad construction angers residents 20/02/1992 NST
KUANTAN, Wed. - Poor construction has caused much heartache to more than 1,500 residents of a housing project in the new township of Bandar Indera Mahkota near here. The houseowners and tenants have complained that the walls and floors of the houses have cracked, the door frames are about to collapse and some doors could not be closed or locked as they did not fit their frames.

Bukan tak mahu bayar 20/02/1992 HM
HULU KLANG: "Bukan kami tidak mahu bayar, tetapi berundinglah dulu." Itulah penjelasan beberapa penduduk Pangsapuri Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor, (PKNS), di sini berhubung kegagalan mereka membayar bayaran penyelenggaraan yang diminta oleh pemaju itu.

Modal punca projek `sakit' 21/02/1992 BH
JOHOR BAHRU, Khamis - Sebahagian besar daripada 36 `projek sakit' atau terbengkalai di negeri ini disebabkan pemaju kekurangan modal dan tidak berpengalaman mengendali projek masing-masing. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kerjaraya dan Kemudahan Awam negeri, Datuk Zainalabidin Mohd Zin, berkata kebanyakan projek itu membabitkan bangunan sekolah dan bilik kebal sekolah.

Firm gets waiver for foreigners to raise funds here 21/02/1992 BT By Fauziah Ismail
FOREIGNERS can raise funds locally to part-finance their purchase of properties in tourism-related projects. MK Associates, the developer of Serendah Golf Resort in Selangor, said it has obtained this go-ahead for foreigners who want to purchase its properties at the resort. MK Associates acting managing director Margaret Vengadasalam said the company received the waiver from the Finance Ministry as the resort has been identified as a tourism-related industry by the Culture, Arts and Tourism Industry.

Housing Act to protect everyone, says Ting 23/02/1992 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh today conceded that the much-criticised Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 was not 100 per cent "air-tight" but pointed out that the legislation was designed for mutual protection. "The law is to protect the interest of all parties, not just house buyers," he told reporters after opening a one-day Wanita MCA workshop on party management and administration at the party headquarters.

Janji kosong pemaju didedah 23/02/1992 BM
KUANTAN: Kerajaan negeri diminta bertindak tegas terhadap pemaju perumahan dari Korea Selatan yang dipercayai melaksanakan projek rumah kos rendah di Bandar Indera Mahkota, secara tergesa-gesa dan hanya mementingkan keuntungan. Ahli Parlimen Kuantan, Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman, berkata pihaknya berpendapat kerajaan perlu bertindak kerana pemaju dari Korea itu gagal membawa teknologi canggih yang dijanjikan.

PDC gives assurance on major hill land project 24/02/1992 NST
PENANG, Sun. - The Penang Development Corporation (PDC) has given an assurance that the development of a major piece of hill land in the island's southeast for a township and campus would not proceed without a proper environmental impact assessment (EIA). PDC general manager Datuk Mokhtar Haniff said the developer, Worldwide Ventures Sdn Bhd, had been instructed to prepare an EIA report to be submitted to the Department of Environment (DOE) before undertaking any construction.

CFs issued but no water and electricity supply at project 25/02/1992  NST
KUANTAN, Mon. - Two-hundred and ninety-five low-cost house buyers here are puzzled as to how Certificates of Fitness were issued by the Kuantan Municipal Council for low-cost housing units in a project where basic amenities had yet to be supplied. They claimed that they were still unable to move into their dream houses without electricity and water supply.

Divided views on garbage disposal proposal 26/02/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Views were divided on the Government's proposal that residents of housing estates arrange their own garbage disposal and other maintenance services. The Ipoh Ratepayers and Taxpayers Association said it was not viable as it would be costly to undertake and in the end ratepayers may end up paying more.

Kontraktor perlu baiki kelemahan 26/02/1992 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kontraktor dan pemaju perumahan di negara ini perlu mengubah sikap bagi memastikan mereka mampu melaksanakan projek yang dipertanggungjawabkan serta berupaya memuaskan hati pelanggan, kata Menteri Kerjaraya, Datuk Leo Moggie. Katanya, di samping memperbetulkan pelbagai kelemahan di segi pengurusan dan penyeliaan, sikap negatif segelintir kontraktor dan pemaju perumahan, khususnya yang mengendalikan projek perumahan kos rendah, juga perlu dikikis.

Death traps 26/02/1992 MM By Gerald Chuah
A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl died after falling into an uncovered sewage tank at the uncompleted Taman Selayang Jaya yesterday morning. Susan Chiam was playing at 10am with some friends and when she slipped and fell, just some three metres from her house.

Builders waiting for details on safer windows 27/02/1992 MM
HOUSING developers in the city are waiting for more details on City Hall's proposal on the installation of wooden windows in houses as a safety measure in the event of a fire. Several developers contacted yesterday said the idea seems good but were unable to comment on its feasibility until the local authority provides more information.

`Pressure on architects to waive tax' 27/02/1992 BT
ARCHITECTS are being pressured by some of their clients to absorb the 5 per cent service tax as part of their fees for existing projects. Malaysian Institute of Architects' (PAM) president C.S. Lim said some clients have even threatened that if the architect is not prepared to absorb the service tax, the client may not give him new commissions.

Danger! 27/02/1992 MM By Freddie Ng
AS many as 80 sewage tanks in a housing scheme where a toddler lost her life three days ago are uncovered - making them death traps. Most of the holes for the sewage system measure 0.6-metre by 0.3-metre and are between 1m and 2m deep. One in the backlane, however, was as large as a metre square - big enough for children to fall in and drown.

Osu: Heat-sensor grilles soon as a safer alternative 28/02/1992 NST
LANGKAWI, Thurs. - "Heat-sensor" grilles may be available soon as an alternative to the conventional "death-trap" ones installed to prevent break-ins, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Osu Haji Sukam said last night. He said grilles with heat sensors would automatically open in the event of a fire, allowing house occupants to escape.

HDA minta pemaju patuhi garis panduan 28/02/1992 BH
TELUK INTAN, Khamis - Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan Malaysia (HDA), mengingatkan semua pemaju supaya mematuhi garis panduan yang ditetapkan ketika membina rumah bagi memastikan mereka memenuhi kualiti yang dikehendaki. Pengerusinya, M K Rajah, berkata lebih 2,000 pemaju perumahan yang berdaftar dengan persatuan itu sudah dimaklumkan mengenai garis panduan itu dalam mesyuarat tahunan, sama ada di peringkat kebangsaan mahupun negeri.

10 pemaju diminta beri jawapan 28/02/1992 BH By Jamhariah Jaafar
JOHOR BAHRU, Khamis - Kira-kira 10 pemaju perumahan di Johor Bahru akan diminta membuat penjelasan berikutan kegagalan mereka menyiapkan rumah kos rendah yang diluluskan oleh kerajaan negeri. Sumber Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, berkata kerajaan negeri sudah meluluskan permohonan pemaju itu untuk menyiapkan lebih 15,000 unit rumah kos rendah di daerah ini.

Dream come true for 130 owners 28/02/1992 MM By Meor Shariman
IT was a long wait for the house buyers of Taman Bukit Cahaya, Seri Kembangan, Serdang, but their patience is paying off as they can move in to their dream houses by April. The buyers received their house keys from Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Haji Muhammad Taib at the site yesterday.

House has no CF, so owner can't move in 28/02/1992 MM
* JULIE of Kampung Raja Uda in Port Klang finds herself the proud owner of a new house in Subang Jaya but is unable to move in. This is because the certificate of fitness (CF) has not been issued to the terrace house in Phase 66, Subang Jaya, she bought last year from Sime UEP Development Sdn Bhd.

Certificate of fitness not obtained 28/02/1992 NST By A.W. Teo
I COLLECTED the keys to my terrace house in September last year, but without the certificate of fitness.

Low-cost housing demand escalates 29/02/1992 BT-SUPP
IT DOESN'T take a genius to know that there is a great demand for low-cost houses in the country. With the continuous urban migration coupled with the squatter resettlement schemes being implemented by the Government, it is only natural to see the demand for low-cost houses continues to escalate

End in sight to CFs hassle 29/02/1992 MM
FOR two years, residents of Taman Sri Sinar in Segambut and Taman Desa Setapak have been made the victims in a "cold war" between their housing developer and City Hall. The failure by the developer, Segambut Jaya Sdn Bhd, to fulfill certain conditions caused City Hall to delay issuing certificates of fitness (CFs) and business licences to the 3,500 units houses and shophouses in both housing estates.

Tercapai juga impian 29/02/1992  HM By Khalid Yasin
SERDANG: Impian 60 pembeli rumah kos rendah di Taman Bukit Cahaya, Seri Kembangan di sini, yang menunggu rumah mereka siap sejak tahun lalu, akhirnya tercapai semalam bila pemaju menyerahkan kunci kepada mereka. Upacara penyerahan kunci itu dilakukan Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, pada satu majlis yang meriah.

 

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