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Buildings: Who's responsible when things go wrong? 03/02/1993 BT By Bhag Singh
NOWADAYS we seem to be reading so often of events related to buildings which sometimes appear newsy and, at other times, frightening. Before, we have been exposed to events such as cracks in walls and floors, but now we read about buildings and parts that collapse, sometimes causing injury and even death.

Housebuyers in 10-year-wait for CFs 09/02/1993 NST-CITYX
MORE than 60 housebuyers in Taman Tapah Baru in Tapah, Perak, have been waiting for the past 10 years to get certificates of fitness (CFs) for their houses. According to a resident, the single-storey terrace houses, priced at between RM28,000 and RM30,000 each, have not been given CFs because the district council refuses to do so.

CF on the way to flat-buyer 10/02/1993 MM
LOONG could not move into his new low-cost flat in Taman Serias the developer failed to give the certificate of fitness (CF) for the unit. Calls to the developer, he says, produced the same answer that the CF would be issued in a few months

Obstacles in controlling land use 10/02/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The absence of power to compel developers to build low-cost houses and conflict between local authority and land administration are among the obstacles faced in the present system of controlling land use. Lands and Mines Department director-general Dr Nik Mohamed Zain Yusof said today while the Government required the developers to provide low- cost houses in their projects, there was no legislation backing the conversion and sub-divison of land for it.

No open space no CF, builders told 10/02/1993 BT
HOUSING developers on Penang will not be issued certificates of fitness for their buildings until they hand over the mandatory open space at such schemes to the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP). MPPP president Datuk Tan Gim Hwa said yesterday that this is to ensure all developers hand over the open spaces to the council. 

Guide on building laws should include geology, soil stability 10/02/1994  BT By Zarina Tahir
GEOLOGY and soil stability must be included as one of the guidelines in building laws to avoid any future disaster similar to the Highland Towers incident, said the editorial in the latest issue of The Planter. The bulletin, a publication of The Incorporated Society of Planters, said although the Government has imposed new rulings on the construction of buildings on hillslopes, this is insufficient.

Action against 25 errant builders 11/02/1993 NST-CITYX
CITY Hall has taken action against architects, contractors and developers of 25 building projects for failing to observe strict rules on construction procedures and safety over the past six months. The offences were detected by a task force set up to inspect construction sites following widespread public complaints about nuisance generated by noisy and polluting construction work

Housebuyers may see end to 10-year wait for houses 12/02/1993 NST-CITYX
HOUSEBUYERS of Taman Tapah Baru, Tapah, who have had to wait for the past 10 years for their homes as the Certificates of Fitness (CFs) had not been issued, may soon see an end to theirlong wait. The developer of Taman Tapah Baru, Pembinaan Fiba Sdn Bhd, said the company had,through their lawyers, spoken to the Tapah District Council, asking them to waive the requirement of a bank guarantee and instead settle for a corporate guarantee that it would undertake any liabilities or compensation in case a landslide occurs.

Three years old, but still no strata title 12/02/1993 MM
LIEW claims that he has still not got the certificate of fitness and strata titlefor an apartment he purchased in Jalan SS19/3A, Subang Jaya three yearsago. He says he paid in full the apartment's cost on the day he signed thesales and purchase agreement on Sept 30, 1987.

CF for Dara house in USJ only approved in principle 12/02/1993 MM
* RENNIE of Kuala Lumpur is confused about the status of the certificate of fitness for his house. "Earlier, a housebuyer who bought a house in the Uda and Dara phase of the USJ housing estate was told by the developer Through the Hotline column that the CF for his house is ready and that it could be collected anytime," he says.

Gantung lesen jika gagal siapkan rumah 13/02/1993 BH
JOHOR BAHRU, Jumaat - Kerajaan Johor akan bertindak lebih tegas terhadap pemaju perumahan yang melambat-lambatkan pembinaan rumah kos rendah, menyebabkan 11,000 unit kos rendah di negeri ini yang diluluskan sejak 10 tahun lalu, terbengkalai sehingga kini. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Datuk Bahari Haron, berkata kerajaan negeri akan menguatkuasa syarat perjanjian dengan pemaju, jika mereka gagal membina rumah kos rendah dalam tempoh ditetapkan.

Bangunan tinggi akan diperiksa 14/02/1994 BH
PANTAI REMIS, Ahad - Semua bangunan tinggi termasuk kondominium dan rumah pangsa akan diperiksa secara berjadual pada masa depan bagi memastikan bangunan itu selamat didiami, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh hari ini. Katanya, pemeriksaan berjadual itu akan dilakukan selepas Akta Perancang Bandar dan Desa, Akta Kerajaan Tempatan dan Undang-undang Kecil Bangunan Seragam dipinda.

RM4 juta biayai tiga projek terbiar 14/02/1993 BM
MELAKA: Sebanyak RM4 juta dibelanjakan melalui Tabung Pemulihan Projek Terbengkalai (TPPT) untuk membiayai tiga projek perumahan yang terbengkalai di Melaka. Timbalan Pengerusi Perbadanan Kemajuan Melaka (PKNM), Datuk Mohd Ali Rustam, berkata satu projek itu di Taman Kelemak Jaya di Alor Gajah diambil alih oleh PKNM untuk dimajukan semula dengan bantuan TPPT.

Ting on checking high-rise buildings 14/02/1994 BT
SCHEDULED inspection is to be carried out on high-rise buildings including condominiums and flats to ensure they are safe, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. He said this will be done once the ministry has amended the Town and Rural Planning Act, Local Government Act and Uniformed Buildings By-law.

Developers welcome inspection of buildings 15/02/1994 NST By Abu Yamin Salam; Khairun Nazirah; Pang Hin Yue
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The Housing Developers' Association today suggested that the periodic inspection of high-rise buildings be privatised and that only qualified engineers registered with the Board of Engineers be authorised to carry out the task. Association secretary-general, Alan Tong Kok Mau, said that while the idea was acceptable, a more pertinent question was, how to implement it.

Engineers suggest checks on all aspects of building safety 15/02/1994  BT By Lokman Mansor
THE Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM), in welcoming the Government's decision that periodic checks on all buildings be made compulsory, has cautioned that such checks should not be limited to the building's structural strength alone. ACEM president Ghazali Bujang said if there is one lesson to be learned from the Highland Towers tragedy, it is that any checks on buildings should examine the surroundings as well as the structure.

HDA syor pemeriksaan bangunan diswasta 15/02/1994 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan (HDA) mahu kerja pemeriksaan bangunan tinggi diswastakan apabila kerajaan mewajibkan pemeriksaan berjadual, untuk memastikan urusan itu berjalan lancar. Setiausaha Agungnya, Alan Tong Kok Mau, berkata kerajaan juga perlu memastikan pemeriksaan ke atas bangunan tinggi dilakukan oleh jurutera bertauliah yang berdaftar dengan Lembaga Jurutera.

Menentukan bangunan tinggi selamat 15/02/1994 BH
SETIAP lima atau sepuluh tahun sekali, bangunan tinggi di negara ini akan diperiksa untuk memastikan ia selamat digunakan. Ini adalah jaminan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh yang tidak mahu tragedi Highland Towers, berulang di negara ini. Jika segala-galanya berjalan lancar, pemeriksaan dijangka dimulakan selepas Akta Perancang Bandar dan Desa, Akta Kerajaan Tempatan dan Undang-Undang Kecil Bangunan Seragam, dipinda dan diluluskan oleh Parlimen. Walaupun kita boleh mengatakan proses seperti ini sebagai halangan birokrasi, di segi perundangan, ia mempunyai implikasi yang besar. Tidak ada jaminan segala- galanya berjalan lancar ketika gerakan pemeriksaan dijalankan sama ada membabitkan pemilik rumah atau pemaju. Terlalu banyak kelonggaran di segi undang-undang yang perlu dilihat terlebih dulu sebelum sesuatu pemeriksaan dapat dijalankan. Oleh itu, segala langkah undang-undang perlu diambil perhatian kerana ia membabitkan soal harta, perlindungan insurans, keselamatan nyawa dan sebagainya. Mungkin ada yang berpendapat, Malaysia terlalu terikat dengan peraturan dan undang-undang hinggakan sukar bagi pihak berkuasa untuk menjalankan tugas mereka. Di negara yang aktif, setiap orang terdedah kepada risiko undang-undang yang tinggi. Mereka mudah mengambil tindakan terhadap orang lain dan pada masa yang sama mengambil tindakan terhadap orang lain. Dengan bantuan peguam, mereka ditunjukkan jalan mengenai apa yang perlu dilakukan.

Council acts on developer 18/02/1993 MM
THE Klang Municipal Council will not issue certificates of fitness to a developer of Taman Indah Makmur in Klang if they are found to be clogging a drain bordering houses of Kawasan Solok Sungai Dua that formed a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

190 shelved housing projects revived 19/02/1993 BT By Rodhiah Ismail
A TOTAL of 190 abandoned housing projects worth RM1.85 billion have so far been revived, involving the construction of 32,686 residential units for 22,850 buyers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ting Chew Peh said at present there are 118 projects involving 27,833 residential units, comprising mainly medium- and high-cost houses awaiting revival.

Priority to be given to erosion control 19/02/1993 MM
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has agreed to change the schedule of payments in the sale and purchase agreement for houses to facilitate erosion mitigation works at the projects. Housing Developers Association president Datuk Teo Chiang Kok said under the new system, the payment for drainage, sewerage and road works will be divided into three sections.

Pulih 118 projek rumah 19/02/1993 HM By Aminuddin Ibrahim
KUALA LUMPUR: Sebanyak 118 projek perumahan di seluruh negara, sebahagian besarnya di Selangor, Perak dan Johor, sedang dalam proses pemulihan setelah terbengkalai disebabkan pelbagai masalah. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata semua projek perumahan itu membabitkan pembinaan 25,833 unit pelbagai jenis rumah bernilai RM1,285 juta.

Fuming over faulty lifts 19/02/1993 MM
RESIDENTS of the Sri Pahang Flats in Bukit Bangsar are at their wits' end over the poor condition of the lifts and other maintenance problems. They said they have complained to City Hall many times but they have had to put up with the problems for more than 10 years

Cracks in houses cause fear 20/02/1994  NSUNT By Khairun Nazirah
IPOH, Sat. - About 120 residents of Taman Bercham Indah are having sleepless nights after cracks appeared in their houses causing some walls to slant. Residents action committee chairman Foong Thian Fook, 39, said they were worried because all their appeals and complaints to the authorities have fallen on deaf ears

Panel: Expert responsible for collapse of apartment block 20/02/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The engineering consultant has been identified as the main party responsible for the collapse of the six-storey apartment block while it was under construction in Taman Bukit Permai, Cheras, on Sept 10 last year. The investigation committee set up by the Housing and Local Government Ministry found that the collapse was caused by the cumulative effect of inadequate design, particularly the air well area, poor quality of the concrete, workmanship and lack of site supervision.

Ting: 190 abandoned housing projects revived 20/02/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - A total of 190 abandoned housing projects involving 32,686 units worth RM1.8 billion have been rehabilitated, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said. These projects would bring cheer to 22,850 purchases, he added.

Supervision joint task of council, consultant 20/02/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council together with the consultant engineer were jointly responsible for ensuring proper supervision at the site where a six-storey apartment block collapsed in Taman Bukit Permai, Cheras in September last year. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the onus of responsibility lay with the council's building department.

Council: Resume work only if safe 24/02/1993 MM
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council will only allow construction work at the Taman Bukit Permai project, where a building structure collapsed, to continue once it is satisfied it is safe to continue. The council is seeking the geo-technical report on Block C apartment structural appraisal and another on the studies done on the slope - the site of the collapsed structure.

Police looking at negligence aspect 24/02/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Police are investigating possible death by negligence resulting from the collapse of the six-storey apartment block under construction in Taman Bukit Permai, Cheras, on Sept 10 last year Hulu Langat/Ampang district police chief Acting Superintendent Hamzah Hashim told the New Straits Times today the case was being investigated under section 304 (A) of the Penal Code.

50 peratus rumah disiapkan 24/02/1993  BH By Ramli Abdul Karim
SEREMBAN, Selasa - Pemulihan semula lebih 50 peratus daripada 16,958 unit rumah kos rendah yang diluluskan
pembinaannya ketika kemelesetan ekonomi lalu, dijangka siap sepenuhnya, pertengahan tahun ini. Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, berkata 40 projek rumah kos rendah diluluskan ketika kemelesetan ekonomi negara dan 7,574 unit rumah yang didirikan di atas tanah kerajaan sudah siap.

Syarat PPRT diperketat 24/02/1993 BH
KEPALA BATAS, Selasa - Semua projek di bawah Program Pembangunan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT) akan diperketatkan demi menjamin matlamatnya, kata Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pertanian dan Pembangunan Luar Bandar, Yahaya Abdul Hamid. Beliau berkata, setiap peserta wajib menyerahkan sebahagian pendapatan kepada jabatan dan agensi terbabit untuk disimpan sebagai modal pusingan jika projek mereka terbengkalai.

A-G studying panel's report on collapse  26/02/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR,Thurs. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers the findings of the committee which investigated the cause of the collapse of a six-storey apartment while it was under construction in Taman Bukit Permai, Cheras on Sept 10 last year. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the Attorney-General would decide on the nature of  Action to be taken against the engineering consultant, developer and contractor.

Housing delays: Kedah's tough stand 26/02/1993  NST By Saiful Azhar Abdullah
SUNGAI PETANI, Thurs. - The State Executive Council has decided to revoke the approvals given to about 40 housing
developers to carry out 46 projects under the one-stop programme if they cannot furnish valid reasons for the delay in
completing them. State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said the council reached the decision yesterday at its meeting, chaired by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Osman Aroff at Wisma Negeri.

RM59.3j pulih 25 projek rumah 26/02/1993 BH
SEREMBAN, Khamis - Sejumlah RM59.3 juta disediakan menerusi Tabung Pusingan Usahawan (TPU) dan Tabung
Pemulihan Projek Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) bagi memulihkan 25 projek perumahan di negeri ini. Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, berkata RM12 daripadanya dikeluarkan menerusi TPU manakala selebihnya TPPT.

40 lesen pemaju mungkin dibatal 26/02/1993 BH
SUNGAI PETANI, Khamis - Kerajaan negeri mungkin membatalkan lesen 40 pemaju perumahan yang gagal menyiapkan projek membabitkan lebih 10,500 unit rumah di seluruh negeri ini. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, berkata tindakan itu terpaksa diambil kerana ke gagalan pemaju terbabit menyebabkan matlamat kerajaan memajukan industri perumahan turut terjejas.

Errant architects to be hauled up 28/02/1993 SUM By P. Selvarani
ARCHITECTS who compromise their professional ethics and allow themselves to be dictated to by greedy developers will be hauled up by the Persatuan Akitek Malaysia (PAM). Its president Jimmy Lim said the association would not protect any member who breaches professional ethics.

Houses damaged by erosion to be rebuilt 27/02/1993 MM
WORK to rebuild 19 houses in Taman Putra which were damaged by erosion two years ago is expected to start next month. It will be carried out by a developer which took over the project, Syarikat Dirganiaga Sdn Bhd.

Spare no efforts to make buildings safe 28/02/1994 NST By Lee Lam Thye
IN a move to ensure safety and avoid a recurrence of the Highland Towers condominium collapse tragedy, the Government has proposed checks every five or 10 years for all high-rise buildings. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said recently that the checks would be made compulsory with amendments to the Local Government Act 1975, Town and Country Planning Act 1976 and the Uniform Building By-laws 1984.

 

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