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One-stop agency for strata titles 02/07/1993 NST
PENANG, Thurs. - The State Land and Mines Office has set up a one-stop agency to expedite the process of issuing strata titles. It is understood to be the first such agency in the country

Several offers for abandoned project 10/07/1993 NST
IPOH, Fri. - The Perak State Government has recieved several offers from private firms interested in buying over the abandoned and problem-riddled Bandar Bercantum project off Jalan Raja Musa Aziz here. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib told reporters today that the State Government was studying all the proposals seriously to select the best offer.

Action against housing cheats 12/07/1993 NST By Khairun Nazirah; Annie Freeda Cruez
TANJUNG TUALANG, Sun. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will not hesitate to take action against housing developers caught cheating people especially those from the rural areas. Its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the Ministry viewed such cases very seriously as the people toiled hard to save enough money to buy houses and it was morally wrong to cheat them.

Need for laws against erosion  14/07/1993 BT
LOCAL authorities are urged to formulate earthwork bylaws to enable them to supervise the measures taken by developers to prevent soil erosion when implementing projects. Science, Technology and Environment Minister Datuk Law Hieng Ding said yesterday soil erosion resulting from development polluted nearby rivers and other waterways. The text of his speech was read out by the deputy minister, Mr Peter Chin, at a meeting of ministers and state executive councillors in charge of the environment in Kuantan. He said the problem often occurs in development projects implemented on high ground, and called on the local authorities should monitor these projects. "Studies at the planning stage must be made before development and the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report must be done to obtain a commitment by the developer to control pollution," he said. 

Council to probe into piling work 15/07/1993 NST
MALACCA, Wed. - The engineering department of the Malacca Municipal Council has been directed to investigate claims by 15 houseowners in Ujong Pasir here that vibration caused by piling machines used in a condominium project have damaged their homes. The residents claimed that continuous vibration have caused cracks in the walls of their houses.

Insurance now a must for practising lawyers 16/07/1993 NST By Tengku Sariffuddin
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Lawyers renewing their annual certificates with the Bar Council beginning this month have been required to prove they are covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy. To date, 600 of the 1,900 legal firms in Peninsular Malaysia have been issued the policy by Antah Sedgwick Chartered Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd, which acts as broker and consultant to the Bar Council.

RM206.5 million paid to revive 100 housing projects 17/07/1993 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has paid RM206.5 million from the Abandoned Housing Project Fund for the rehabilitation of 100 abandoned housing projects, Deputy Minister Osu Sukam said today. He said another RM155.1 million had been approved but yet to be disbursed.

PJ council in a bind over pledge 20/07/1993 NST-CITYX
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council is in a bind over its failure to collect RM3.5 million from a developer as "compensation" for a piece of land which had earlier been alienated to the council. The land, located in Kelana Jaya, is supposed to be given to the council but the State Government changed its mind and awarded it to the developer in 1989.

Proper road, drainage for Taman Subang Permai 20/07/1993 MM
THE Petaling District Council, owners of light industry factories and developers have collectively agreed to construct a proper road and drainage system for residents of Taman Subang Permai. Council secretary Mokhtar Ahmad said owners of the factories will surrender a portion of their land to facilitate construction work of a dual carriageway at the Jalan Permai access route.

Tackling housing woes 22/07/1993 BT
IT IS the conventional wisdom in democracies - Western or Asian-style - that a basic necessity which must be provided is a decent roof over one's head. It is thus good to get the assurance from Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh that the ministry will not hesitate to take action against housing developers caught cheating people, especially those in the rural areas. His ministry views such cases very seriously as the people have toiled hard to save enough to buy houses, and it is morally wrong to cheat them. He cites as an example a developer cheating a woman out of the 10 per cent payment for late delivery of her house by making her sign a document in English, which she did not understand. Ting added that, for that matter, those who are literate in English can also be confused by the legal jargon. He asked those cheated in this manner to report to the ministry and promised firm action will be taken. This is indeed welcome news as the public perception has been that although the ministry is doing something about this and other abuses, it is definitely not doing enough. If there had been sufficient enforcement of the law, then those who felt cheated need not have resorted to the complaints bureau of a component party of the Barisan Nasional. This is not to say that the bureau is not doing a good job, but is it not the bounden duty of the ministry to ensure that housing developers do not fleece house buyers in one way or another? The love of money is not altogether a bad thing when it is put to good use but the lust for it is definitely a curse. Developers should have a sense of moral and social responsibility when they go into the housing business. No one grudges them a decent profit margin for, after all, business is business; but the housing industry is in a unique category, for the aim of this business is to provide decent houses for those without one.

Aug deadline for builders to open housing account 30/07/1993 BT By Lokman Mansor
LICENSED developers yet to open housing development accounts have until the end of August to do so before the Housing and Local Government Ministry takes action. Of the 1,021 developers given licences from August 1991 to June 1993, only 695 have opened accounts and submitted their account numbers to the ministry, its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Errant developers get deadline to open bank accounts 30/07/1993 NSTBy Vijayan Menon
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has given 326 developers up to Aug 31 to open the mandatory housing development accounts or face action. Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today these developers were required by law to open the accounts at banks or other financial institutions within two weeks of receiving their development licences for their projects.

Hefty deposit to stop abuse 30/07/1993 NST-CITYX
DEVELOPERS applying for a temporary Certificate of Fitness have to pay a hefty deposit to the Gombak District Council. Housing and building developers will be required to pay a sum of between RM50,000 and RM300,000 as deposit before being issued with a temporary CF.

 

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