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Developers say architects must be responsible 12/04/1993 MM
THE Housing Developers Association says architects should be held responsible for issuing the certificate of completion for houses that do not meet the standard of completion as stated in the guidelines for architects. President Datuk Teo Chiang Kok said the Board of Architects Malaysia (PAM) has more clout in this matter as it has the power to deregister errant members.

MIA: Self-policing may end 13/04/1993 BT
THE present practice of professionals "policing" themselves is in danger of being done away with if they continue to show that they cannot restrain themselves from straying from the straight and narrow, the Malaysian Institute of Architects has warned. In acknowledging that the "unprofessional" conduct of professionals has become rather prevalent, it expresses the fear that if professionals fail to adhere strictly to their professional codes of conduct and ethics and carry out their work responsibly, "outside forces may be brought to bear, to police and countercheck the performance of the professional".

New act not needed 13/04/1993 MM By Nurazah Ismail
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry feels it is not necessary to have a Housebuyers Act as the present Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Regulations is sufficient. Its Minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said yesterday as long as developers comply with the laws and regulations, no problems will arise.

Seek court order advice 14/04/1993 MM
HOUSE buyers have the right to seek a court order against a housing developer who contravenes the sale and purchase agreement that holds up delivery of houses to buyers. Mr Yu Kee Su, confidential secretary to the Housing and Local Government Minister, advised housebuyers to form a committee when their houses are not delivered on time.

States say `yes' to stricter laws for control on high-rise buildings 16/04/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - State Governments today agreed to laws enabling more stringent control of high-rise buildings by the authorities to ensure their safety. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, drawn up in an effort to prevent the recurrence of the Highland Towers tragedy, were set to be tabled during the current meeting of the Dewan Rakyat.

Names of all parties to be recorded under amendments 16/04/1994 MM
THE names of all engineers, contractors and site supervisors involved in high-rise construction projects have to be recorded with the respective local authorities under proposed amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974. A proper record of those directly involved in the construction would make them more accountable in the event of a tragedy such as a building collapse, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh.

Council gives nod to building Act amendments 16/04/1994 BT By Lokman Mansor
THE National Council of Local Authorities has accepted the proposed amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, aimed at ensuring the safety of all buildings five-storeys and above, either completed or under construction. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the amendments were proposed to ensure the safety and stability of tall buildings, their construction sites and surrounding environment.

Pressured! 19/04/1993 MM
SOME housing developers are alleged to be pressuring architects to issue `premature' certificates of completion for their projects so that they can avoid paying latedelivery penalties. This allegation was made by MP for Bukit Bintang Wee Choo Keong and several house-buyers following a Malay Mail Insight on defect-ridden houses last Monday.

15 projek bangunan tinggi diarah henti 21/04/1994 BH
KEMENTERIAN Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mengarahkan 15 projek bangunan tinggi dan di lereng bukit di Pulau Pinang dihentikan sementara waktu, kata timbalan menterinya, Daud Taha. Projek itu, masing-masing terletak di Paya Terubong (empat), Sungai Ara (satu), Bandar Baru Feringghi (dua), Tanjung Bunga (dua), Relau (dua), Jalan Gertak Sanggol (satu), Greenlane (satu) dan Batu Uban (dua).

MPPJ will not get involved in this dispute 22/04/1993 MM
THE PETALING Jaya Municipal Council will not get involved in the dispute between Abinas Enterprise Sdn Bhd, the developer for University Towers, and residents of Section 11. Council president Iskandar Astar described the dispute as a private affair which should be settled amicably between the two parties.

PAM to look into false certs case 22/04/1993 MM
PERSATUAN ARKITEK MALAYSIA (PAM) will investigate the conduct of the architect accused of issuing false certificates of completion on a housing project in Taman Bukit Kajang. PAM president Jimmy Lim said the case would be discussed by its housing and practice committee next month in response to complaints from two housebuyers.

Board to act 23/04/1993 MM
THE Board of Architects will investigate the architect who was accused by two housebuyers of issuing a `premature' certificate of vacant possession for a housing project in Taman Bukit Kajang. A Board spokesman said they will ask him to clarify the accusation and if there is a case, they will form an investigation committee.

Bankrupt twist to Section 52 project 23/04/1993 NST-CITYX
THE controversy surrounding the RM400 million project to redevelop Section 52 in Petaling Jaya has taken on a new twist - a senior executive of the financier-cum-contractor company is a bankrupt. He was declared a bankrupt by the Ipoh High Court in 1988 following an ex-parte application by a bank.

Housing bank to be set up 24/04/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Cabinet has approved in principle the setting up of a housing bank to provide loans to developers and buyers of low-cost houses. The move is aimed at sustaining the growth of the housing industry and to enable those from the lower income group to own houses.

Nod for move to turn shophouses into lots 24/04/1993 NST-CITYX
SHAH Alam Municipal Council has approved an application from Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) to convert two shophouse projects in Section 18 and Section 19 into shops. The full board meeting yesterday approved the conversion of 48 two- storey shophouses in Section 18, and 66 three-storey shophouses and 32 two-storey shophouses in Section 19 into shoplots.

Don't take us lightly  24/04/1993 MM
CITY HALL has lashed out at contractors and developers who still fail to observe strict rules on construction procedures and safety during a recent check by the authority. Press Officer Rita Ahmad warned the parties not to take lightly the authority's reminders to adhere to its regulations

More than a housing bank may be required to spur low-cost sector 26/04/1993 NST
A HOUSING bank might be the answer to the financial problems faced by both buyers and builders of low-cost units. But will it be the right fillip to galvanise this sector that has remained sluggish over the past 25 years regardless of the special schemes and incentives introduced by the Government? The record that we may rely on for an answer is dismal. The Fifth Malaysia Plan (FMP) set the target of 495,000 low-cost units. Less than a third was built. Learning from that exerience, the authorities lowered their projection for the Sixth Malaysia Plan (SMP) to 343,800 units.

Call for separate lawyers in house deals 26/04/1993 MM
REGULATIONS should be drawn up to disallow the use of the same lawyer by housebuyers and developers. DAP MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who made the call yesterday, said the Housing Ministry should not allow lawyers to represent both developer and housebuyers as this could lead to conflict of interest.

Unhappy over `lost' areas 29/04/1993 MM
THE Petaling District Council will lose 1,520 hectares with at least 35,000 property holdings to three local authorities under a proposed structural plan. The plan which has been completed by the State Urban and Rural Planning Department will "farm out" the area to the Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam Municipal Councils and the Hulu Langat District Council.

Collapsed block: Council awaits word 30/04/1993 NST-CITYX
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council is awaiting a reply from the Housing and Local Government Ministry as to whether a collapsed apartment block in Taman Bukit Permai can be allowed to be rebuilt. Council president Abdul Karim Munisar said the council had written to the ministry for a directive as the special committee set up to investigate the collapse in September last year did not make any recommendation on the matter.


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