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More money to hire building professionals 04/03/1994  NST-CITYX By Harris Iskandar Taib
LOCAL authorities will be given additional grants to enable them to employ professionals to supervise the construction of high-rise buildings. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said recently local authorities, especially the smaller district councils, would now be able to hire architects, engineers, consultants and planners qualified to deem any construction safe or unsafe.

Frustrating time with some black sheep local lawyers 08/03/1993 NST By K. George
THERE have been numerous instances of misappropriation of clients' funds, cheating, fraud, breach of agreement and total negligence by some lawyers in the country. Although most members of the legal profession adhere to the ethics of their discipline the black sheep among them are not few in number. The disappearance of eight lawyers in November last year with their clients' money was not a new technique adopted by the corrupt. It has happened in the past.

Getting its acts together 08/03/1994 NST
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry's ambit covers an extensive area from clogged drains to garbage disposal, from low-cost houses to abandoned schemes to collapsed buildings and all local authorities. They all are regulated and legislated under an unwieldy web of laws and by-laws, which appear to have to be constantly amended. Worse, these amendments often are reactive, responding to situations after an event has happened. It was only after the Highland Towers tragedy, which made front page headlines as far away as Brazil, that amendments are being made to the Town and Country Planning Act, Local Government Act 1976 and Uniform Building By-laws to allow for mandatory periodic checks on all buildings. Until the amendments are made, residential flats or condominiums are exempted from such checks.

A-G awaiting outcome of probe 12/03/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Attorney-General's Chambers will have to consider the outcome of police investigations into the collapse of a six-storey apartment block under construction in Taman Bukit Permai, Cheras, on Sept 10 last year. Its head of prosecutions, Datuk Stanley Issacs, told the New Straits Times today that he would have to look at the statements recorded by the police before making any decision.

11 projek rumah dipulihkan 13/03/1993 BH
KANGAR, Jumaat - Kerajaan negeri kini bekerjasama dengan pemaju swasta bagi memulih 11 projek perumahan yang terbengkalai, membabitkan 1,220 unit rumah pelbagai jenis di negeri ini. Pengerusi Jawantankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Loh Yoon Foo, berkata kerjasama itu penting bagi memastikan pembeli dapat memiliki rumah yang sudah lama mereka tempah.

Developers get Ministry warning  17/03/1993 MM
HOUSING developers must hand over vacant possession of houses to buyers with water and electricity supply installed or action can be taken against them. Housing and Local Government Ministry spokesperson Norashikin Osman said this is clearly stated in the Standard Sale and Purchase Agreement.

Move against errant developers 20/03/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Local governments are to be empowered to act against any housing developer who indiscriminately cuts or fell trees while clearing land for housing estates under proposed amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act 1976. The amendments will also enable them to impose fines and compel developers to replant the trees they have destroyed, especially those considered to be of aesthetic value.

Don't make us scapegoats 21/03/1993 MM
THE Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) has blamed developers and even some local authorities for tarnishing the image of architects. It claimed that some developers and local authorities were wont to make the architect a scapegoat whenever a problem cropped up.

Curbing CF woes 23/03/1993 MM
THE failure of Tenaga Nasional and Waterworks to withhold power and water supply to houses without certificate of fitness has brought other problems to local authorities. The Selangor Deputy Menteri Besar, Datuk Abu Sujak Mahmud, took the two to task for not honouring the pledge made last year.

Pembeli rasa tertipu 24/03/1993 BH By Pembeli Yang Malang
KAMI bagi pihak Ahli Jawatankuasa Taman Kesumber Jaya dukacita di atas projek perumahan yang terbengkalai sejak lima tahun lalu tanpa apa-apa pembelaan dari mana-mana pihak yang terbabit. Perkara ini telah kami ajukan kepada Setiausaha Bahagian Penguatkuasa Kementerian Perumahan & Kerajaan Tempatan. Pihak kementerian membuat janji manis dalam surat rujukan (33)dlm KPKT 08/824/3012 bertarikh 8 Disember 1990 untuk memulihkan projek ini awal tahun 1991.

Empat lagi projek taman perumahan akan dipulih 28/03/1993 BM
MELAKA: Kerajaan negeri bercadang memulihkan empat lagi projek taman perumahan yang terbengkalai di Melaka sejak 10 tahun lalu, tahun ini. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan, Alam Sekitar dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Datuk Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani, berkata projek itu ialah Taman Mukim Tembakau, Taman Datuk Palembang, Bandar Baru Ayer Keroh dan Taman Pinggiran Linggi.


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