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(1992)

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New housing loan guidelines welcomed 01/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The new lending guidelines issued by the Bank Negara which require banks and finance companies to provide $6 billion in low and medium -cost housing loans over the next two years was welcome by many. Consumer Proctection Advisory council member Lee Lam Thye said the lending guidelines were good as they come in the light of numerous complaints about financial institutions being very selective and, in several cases refusing to finance the purchase of low-cost houses.

Scandal in low-cost housing uncovered 02/04/1992 NST
ALOR STAR, Wed. - The State Government has discovered that certain unscrupulous low-cost housing developers are selling houses beyond approved prices, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said today. Numerous developers have resorted to "forcing" low-income earners to pay an additional $5,000 to $10,000 for the $25,000 homes, he said.

Khalil: SDC will repair houses, flats 03/04/1992 NST
KUANTAN, Thurs. - The State Government will not tear down the defective flats and houses in the Bandar Indera Mahkota township near here. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Khalil Yaakob said the State Development Corporation had been directed to find ways to repair the affected flats and houses.

CF is key to her house grouse 03/04/1992 MM
* KUAH of Subang Jaya wants to know what has happened to the certificate of fitness for her apartment in Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam. She got the keys to her apartment last April.

Losing sleep over imminent loss of home 04/04/1992 MM By Mimi Syed Yusof; V. Vasudevan; Nurazah Ismail
WORRIED of Taman Bukit Teratai in Ampang is having sleepless nights over the thought of losing her dream house because the developer has yet to settle the assessment. She bought the house two years ago and has been up to date with her assessment payments.

Hitting the roof over house delay 04/04/1992 MM
LOKE bought a house in Taman Cheras Jaya from the Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) in early 1988, but still cannot move in because the project is not completed. "The Sale and Purchase Agreement was signed on August 11, 1988. I paid a deposit of 20 per cent for the house," he says.

Condo dwellers plagued by dust 09/04/1992 NST-CITYX By K. Don Buddhadasa
RESIDENTS near the Pines Condominium in Brickfields have had to live with dust pollution over the past few months because of irresponsible construction practices. Residents said construction workers were sweeping dust from the upper floors of the condominium. The dust blows into their homes.

Tussle over house delivery 10/04/1992 MM By Eddie Chua; Rosma omar; Nurazah Ismail
* GAB of Seremban is unhappy with the developer of Taman Jaya Mas for not keeping their word. He says the developer had promised delivery of his home, a single-storey terrace unit, within 18 months after he bought it in 1988

Developer told to get temporary CFs first 10/04/1992 MM
A HOUSING developer promised its 1,522 housebuyers temporary certificates of fitness by next week, after being pressured into giving a commitment at a Press conference yesterday. Senior project manager of Segambut Jaya Pua Tat Hing was asked to state categorically when he could get temporary CFs for the housebuyers of Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut.

1,666 duduki rumah tanpa CF 11/04/1992 HM By Jamhariah Jaafar
JOHOR BAHRU: Sebanyak 1,666 pemilik rumah kediaman dan unit kedai di negeri ini menduduki bangunan terbabit tanpa sijil kelayakan menduduki (CF). Daripada jumlah itu, Johor Bahru mencatat jumlah tertinggi dengan 1,305 unit rumah kediaman dan 44 unit kedai.

Tunggu 2 tahun untuk CF 11/04/1992 HM By Mohd Johari Ibrahim
KUALA LUMPUR: Seramai 2,200 penghuni Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut, hanya akan mendapat sijil kelayakan (CF) dalam tempoh dua tahun lagi. Ini adalah kerana pemajunya, Segambut Jaya Sdn Bhd (SJSB), terpaksa menyelesaikan beberapa masalah teknikal termasuk mengemaskinikan kemudahan yang disediakan seperti jalan, longkang dan taman permainan di situ.

Developer ordered to do soil test on Kopisan site 13/04/1992 NST-CITYX By V. Anbalagan
THE Kampar Land Office has directed Gopeng Berhad to submit a soil test report on a 20-hectare site where about 180 former tin mine workers have purchased lots to build houses in kampung tersusun Kopisan near Gopeng, Perak. Assistant district officer Mohamad Rafiai Mokhtar said it will take the necessary action only after getting the report.

Buyers voice their frustrations14/04/1992  MM
THE biggest frustration any house-buyer can face is the knowledge that he could be risking his life in a building which is "not fit for occupation". Having invested his life savings in the house, the last thing he would want to know is that his house may not be worthy enough to receive a Certificate of Fitness for occupation.

HDA's $3,000 request denied 14/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has rejected an application by the Housing Developers' Association (HDA) to increase the ceiling price of low-cost houses from $25,000 to $28,000. Its Deputy Minister, Encik Daud Datuk Taha, said it could find no justification for the request.

CF ruling to take effect from July 14/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Housing developers will have to ensure that Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CF) are issued to buyers within two weeks from the date of delivery of keys under a ruling to be implemented in July. Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Daud Datuk Taha said today that it was the responsibility of developers or their consultants to ensure the issuance of CFs.

Way out of CF muddle 14/04/1992 MM By P. Selvarani
HOUSEBUYERS will stand in good stead once the new system of getting Certificates of Fitness for occupation is in force. Under the system agreed upon by developers and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, developers are required to get certification from the respective technical departments before submitting their applications for CFs.

Need for one-stop agency 14/04/1992 MM
A ONE-STOP agency to handle applications for Certificates of Fitness, can help solve the problem of delays in obtaining CFs. The proposal came from housing developers who felt the delays were caused by bureaucratic red-tape at each department they dealt with.

Buyers voice their frustrations 14/04/1992 MM
THE biggest frustration any house-buyer can face is the knowledge that he could be risking his life in a building which is "not fit for occupation". Having invested his life savings in the house, the last thing he would want to know is that his house may not be worthy enough to receive a Certificate of Fitness for occupation.

HDA: Proposal not feasible here 15/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The build-then-sell concept appears to be a good idea on the surface as it would eliminate differences in opinion between the customer and deloper on the quality and price of a house.

'Build then Sell' concept 15/04/1992 BT
THE Government is still collecting feedback from various quarters on the proposed "Build then Sell" concept for the housing industry, and is keeping an open mind on its possible implementation, Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said. Opening a three-day seminar organised by his ministry, the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) and the Housing Developers Association (HDA) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Ting said: "We are keeping an open mind and want to hear what the seminar participants have to say on the implication of such a concept."

Kecewa dengan sikap pemaju 15/04/1992HM
PEMAJU makan angin, tetapi pembeli rumah makan hati! Pemilik rumah di Taman Datuk Ahmad Razali, Ampang, kecewa dengan sikap pemaju yang hanya mementingkan diri sendiri sedangkan hak yang sepatutnya diberi kepada pembeli tidak ditunaikan.

Ting: We'll study build first concept 15/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The build-then-sell concept in housing development will be thoroughly studied before a decision is made on whether it should be implemented, Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. "We have to know all aspects of the concept. We have to study its implications, its weaknessess, plus points and effect on the whole housing industry," he told reporters after opening a three-day seminar on the build-then- sell concept at the Crown Princess here today.

416 abandoned housing projects in peninsula 15/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - A total of 416 private housing schemes involving 83,247 houses and 51,354 buyers was abandoned in Peninsular Malaysia as at December last year. The total value of the abandoned projects was more than $4.3 billion.

Build-then-sell houses 16/04/1992 MM
A MODIFIED build-then-sell concept for houses can be implemented before the Government considers implementing it in full. This suggestion came from the Architects Association of Malaysia honorary secretary, P. Kasi, who said there were ways to mitigate problems that could arise.

`Close scrutiny of Build then Sell concept needed' 16/04/1992 BT
THE "Build Then Sell" concept, which is aimed at providing more protection to house buyers, needs to be properly scrutinised before a policy is formulated. Otherwise, it can bring about tremendous implications on the country's housing industry. Institute of Architects Malaysia secretary P. Kasi said there may be scope for exploring various interim solutions before considering implementing the concept.

Rumah kos rendah tetap $22,000 16/04/1992 HM
JOHOR BAHRU: Harga rumah kos rendah di seluruh Johor tetap $22,000 seunit dan semua pemaju mesti mematuhi syarat ini. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Datuk Bahari Haron, berkata harga itu adalah munasabah dan kerajaan tidak bercadang untuk mengkajinya semula.

Valuer: Banks won't accept this risk 16/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Housing developers will have to bear "unacceptable" risk if the build-then-sell concept is introduced, a property valuer and real estate agent said today. Mr Christopher M. Boyd, a member of the Malaysian Real Estate Consultants and Valuers Association, said the proposed system could leave developers holding rows and rows of unsold houses.

Why "build first" plan won't work 16/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The build-then-sell concept will lead to volatile fluctuations in house prices if implemented, a bank manager said today. Mr Foo Sheh Loon, manager of the Standard Chartered Bank's retail product management division, said the concept would curtail the supply of houses during the transitional period as houses under construction will not be available for sale.

Developer served notice on dust, noise pollution 16/04/1992 NST-CITYX  By K. Don Buddhadasa
CITY Hall has served notice to the developers of the Pines Condominium, which is under construction in Brickfields, for dust and noise pollution. City Hall Press officer Rita Ahmad said the developer had been notified that it had to collect discarded building material and dispose of them in a proper manner instead of sweeping them off the building

Only one of four developers in Puchong gives thumbs up 17/04/1992 MM
ONLY one of four housing developers, who agreed in principle to pay for the widening of a monsoon drain in Kampung Michael Chen, Puchong, has given the thumbs up to the amount set by the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID). Serdang State Assemblyman Datuk Yap Pian Hon said the department had informed him that only Permodalan Negri Selangor agreed to the amount.

$700,000 loss in house break-in 17/04/1992 MM By Tony Emmanuel
LAX security proved costly for a housing developer when burglars carted off $700,000 worth of valuables from his home in Bangsar last month. It was learnt news of the break-in was withheld from the media to facilitate police investigations.

See first then buy 17/04/1992 NST
FOR most Malaysians the owning of a house constitutes the biggest single item of purchase in their lifetimes but in no other instance, however, are they expected to bear a disproportionate risk with the manufacturers of the product, in this case the housing developers, while waiting for the completion of their houses.

Stand on CF for new houses 19/04/1992 SUM By Rosma Omar
HOUSING developers who have complied with all the basic conditions but still have to make improvements to their projects will be issued temporary Certificates of Fitness by City Hall. Such developers will be given a grace period of three months to rectify any shortcomings related to their projects.

House buyers must stop taking risks 20/04/1992 NST By Shaik Osman Majid
THE heart-rendering problem inherent in buying plans, not finished houses, has surfaced - once again. This time the hapless victims are in Penang, where according to a news report, "several developers ... sold their entire projects (which) have only a conditional approval for their layout plans ..." The buyers discovered too late that their yet-to-be built units are on non-housing land. The succour for them, and all others who pay upon seeing blueprints of projects, lies in the benevolence of the authorities.

Empat bulan lagi! 20/04/1992 HM
KOTA TINGGI: Projek perumahan Taman Laksamana di sini yang terbengkalai sejak enam tahun lalu, dijangka siap kira-kira tiga atau empat bulan lagi. Demikian dijelaskan oleh pengurus projek Syarikat Nam Heng Enterprise, Aziz Ali, kepada Harian Metro, semalam.

Masalah pembeli rumah Taman Dagang berakhir 22/04/1992 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Penantian empat tahun bagi pembeli rumah fasa dua dan tiga, Taman Dagang, Ampang dekat sini akan berakhir tidak lama lagi kerana projek perumahan taman itu yang terbengkalai, dipulihkan selepas mendapat bantuan Bank Negara. Wakil Jawatankuasa Bertindak Taman Dagang, Mokhtar Hamid, berkata fasa dua projek itu dijangka siap pada Ogos ini manakala fasa tiga pada Februari tahun depan.

Spekulasi harga jejas pasaran rumah kos rendah 23/04/1992 BH
PENGUMUMAN Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Ghafar Baba, Oktober lalu membenarkan golongan berpendapatan di antara $1,000 dan $1,500 membeli rumah kos rendah melegakan ramai kakitangan kerajaan dan swasta yang menghadapi kesulitan memiliki rumah. Beliau, yang juga Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar, membuat keputusan itu kerana memahami masalah pekerja kelas pertengahan yang terpaksa menanggung beban kerana tidak mempunyai pilihan, selain membeli rumah kos tinggi melebihi $100,000 berikutan pemaju kurang berminat membina rumah kos sederhana di antara $40,000 dan $80,000.

Ministry still studying housing concept 23/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry may go ahead with the build-then-sell concept in housing development despite objections from some quarters, its deputy Minister Osu Sukam said today. "Even without the (support of) HDA (Housing Developers Association), I think the concept of build-then-sell may work out as we have been receiving very encouraging response from the Federation of Malaysian Consumers' Association and the housebuyers. They are very comfortable with the idea," he told reporters after visiting the development site of Taman Dagang here.

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. - Bernama

TPPT pulihkan projek terbiar 23/04/1992 BH 
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Lebih 50 peratus daripada 412 projek perumahan terbengkalai di seluruh negara dipulihkan menerusi Tabung Projek Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT), kata Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Osu Sukam. Selebihnya, kata beliau, masih terbengkalai tetapi sesetengahnya dalam proses dipulihkan dan jumlahnya dijangka berkurangan dalam masa setahun dua lagi.

Quit rent poser from house buyer 23/04/1992 MM By V. Vasudevan; Alina Simon
* WHO is responsible for paying the quit rent while the house is under construction: the developer or the housebuyer? That's the question posed by SALLY of Jalan Klang Lama.

Seeking remedy for leaking roofs 23/04/1992 MM By V. Vasudevan; Alina Simon
* HAVING paid $90,000 for a flat in Palm Court in Brickfields, HO now finds there are faults. He says the flat, on the top floor of Block C, has a leak in the roof.

Getting to the root of problem 24/04/1992 NST-CITYX
TAMAN Melawati residents and Kelab Century Park have engaged an independent consultant from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to determine the cause of cracks in their houses. The consultant, who began work last Monday, will spend two weeks carrying out tests before submitting reports to the two parties early next month.

Lawyer confronted in dispute 24/04/1992 MM
POLICE defused a tense situation when some 50 Sentul residents confronted a city lawyer at his office alleging that he had induced one of them to sign a false affidavit. The affidavit is said to be for a pending court case regarding eviction of occupants of a piece of land in Sentul Pasar.

Guidelines on condos needed 24/04/1992 NST By Condo-concerned
A PROPERTY writer for the NST blamed the "image" problem of residents' associations for the failure to maintain proper services for condominiums when they take over from the developer or property management. I think this problem is over-simplified. The fact is that the developer has these advantages: It has its own legal staff to follow through on financial defaults; more importantly, the developer's consent (sometimes plus a so-called transfer fee) is required when the apartment owner sells his property. Therefore, any outstanding service charge payments together with interest can still be claimed at the last moment.

Flatly put out by strata title snag 24/04/1992 MM
LIFE in an old housing estate like the United Garden in Jalan Klang Lama is idyllic except for one snag - the flat owners are yet to receive their strata titles, says Heng. Without the titles, they cannot put their properties up for mortgage or sell them.

Technical problems cause of CF delay 24/04/1992 MM
RESIDENTS of Taman Medan, off Jalan kelang Lama, are facing a risk daily because their houses do not have any certificate of fitness. One of the residents, who called The Malay Mail, said most of the residents have been staying there for months and some have even renovated their houses.

Lawyer confronted in dispute 24/04/1992 MM
POLICE defused a tense situation when some 50 Sentul residents confronted a city lawyer at his office alleging that he had induced one of them to sign a false affidavit. The affidavit is said to be for a pending court case regarding eviction of occupants of a piece of land in Sentul Pasar.

A house is not a home if you cannot move in 24/04/1992 MM By Alina Simon; V. Vasudevan
* AFTER years of renting a house, BUYER finally bought a house to call his own in Taman Seri Andalas in Klang. He was all set to move in after receiving the keys from the developer in the middle of last year but was unable to do so as no certificate of fitness (CF) has been issued.

Guidelines on condos needed 24/04/1992 NST By Condo-concerned
A PROPERTY writer for the NST blamed the "image" problem of residents' associations for the failure to maintain proper services for condominiums when they take over from the developer or property management. I think this problem is over-simplified. The fact is that the developer has these advantages: It has its own legal staff to follow through on financial defaults; more importantly, the developer's consent (sometimes plus a so-called transfer fee) is required when the apartment owner sells his property. Therefore, any outstanding service charge payments together with interest can still be claimed at the last moment.

Projek Taman Dagang hampir siap 24/04/1992 HM
AMPANG: Lebih 1,000 pembeli rumah di Taman Dagang di sini lega apabila projek perumahan mereka hampir siap. Fasa pertama dan kedua merangkumi 1,074 unit yang sepatutnya selesai empat tahun lalu, dijadualkan siap tahun ini. Sebanyak 800 unit rumah pangsa empat tingkat itu dijangka siap Julai ini.

Syor guna jeriji mudah dibuka 26/04/1992 BM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mengesyorkan kepada semua pemaju perumahan memasang jeriji besi yang mudah dibuka apabila berlaku kebakaran pada rumah yang baru dibina, kata menteri berkenaan Datuk Dr Teng Chew Peh. Katanya, pemasangan jeriji besi jenis itu bukanlah satu syarat yang mesti, sebaliknya cadangan bagi mengelakkan penghuni terperangkap disebabkan jeriji besi yang tidak selamat.

Reconsider, HDA tells Minister 26/04/1992 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Housing Developers' Association maintains that the ceiling price for low-cost houses - fixed in 1982 at $25,000 each - should be increased due to escalating costs. It said in a Press release today the association had pointed out to the Government that the prices of some essential building materials had increased by between three and 88 per cent from 1985 to 1990.

Relief for property owners 27/04/1992 MM By Kamala Nagappan
PROPERTY owners in the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MPSA), who had objected to the new assessment rates during its appeals hearings which ended on March 19, are all smiles now. Thirty-eight residents in Section 17 and Section 11 were successful in getting their rates reduced.

Usah beli daripada pemilik asal 27/04/1992 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Jangan beli rumah kos rendah daripada pemilik asal jika tidak mahu menanggung kerugian. Begitulah amaran Datuk Bandar, Tan Sri Elyas Omar, kepada orang ramai yang bercadang hendak membeli rumah berkenaan daripada pemilik asal yang membelinya daripada Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) atau pemaju.

Review of decision to allow building of flats 28/04/1992 NST-CITYX By Ramlan Said; L.H. Lim
THE council decided to review its decision to allow a developer to build flats on a section of a carpark and field in Pandan Jaya. This follows an objection by councillor Datuk Mufti Suib who said the project would deprive residents of space and turn the area into a concrete jungle.

Enam tahun masih CF sementara 28/04/1992 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Masih dengan masalah CF dan pemaju yang tidak bertanggungjawab. Penduduk Fasa 5, Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong gelisah berikutan masalah yang dihadapi sejak 1986 tidak dipedulikan oleh sesiapa.

$294j bantu projek terbengkalai 29/04/1992 BH By Mohd Shah Abdullah; Hamidah Kamaruddin
SEMBILAN puluh projek rumah terbengkalai mendapat bantuan kewangan $294.3 juta dariSkim Tabung Projek Perumahan Terbengkalai setakat 15 April lalu, kata Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Kewangan, Senator Mustapha Mohamed. Menurutnya, semua projek itu membabitkan 21,144 unit rumah mengandungi 20,186 rumah kediaman dan 958 rumah kedai.

Developer acting on dust problem 29/04/1992 NST By Lim Kiu Hock
WE refer to a report (NST, April 9) about "condo dwellers plagued by dust". We wish to clarify that the situation is not what is depicted in the photograph in your article.

Finance firm lines up $1.7b projects 29/04/1992 NST By Baidura Ahmad
MBf Finance Bhd, taking advantage of the current buoyant property market, has its hands full for the next five years with three major property development projects worth $1.7 billion. The projects, including reviving an abandoned housing scheme, will be in Jalan Ipoh and Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, and in Johor Baru.

Cheer for house buyers 30/04/1992 MM
CITY HALL has issued 1,209 temporary certificates of fitness following appeals from the Taman Sri Sinar and Segambut housebuyers recently. However, the temporary certificates of 462 more houses which have expired will not be renewed unless the developers, Segambut Jaya Development Sdn Bhd and Aquirits Holdings Sdn Bhd, comply with City Hall's requirements.

Bar wants quick reports on crooked lawyers 30/04/1992 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Clients who have been cheated by lawyers or people who know of lawyers who commit fraud should report such cases to the police and the Bar Council instead of telling the Press about it. Bar Council vice-chairman Zainur Zakaria, who made the call today, said filing a report immediately after a lawyer's crime was discovered would help save other people from being cheated by crooked lawyers.

It rained timber! 30/04/1992 MM
RESIDENTS of USJ6/2B in Subang Jaya are complaining of flying planks and debris from an uncompleted condominium nearby. In the past five months there have been several incidents of planks and debris falling from the building belonging to S.H. Subang Jaya Condominium Sdn Bhd.

 

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