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Council can handle roof defects case 03/02/1994 MM
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will not intervene in the Klang Municipal Council's inquiry on the poor roof structure of 10 double-storey link-houses in Taman Selatan. Its Minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said the council had the legal power to tackle the matter without the Ministry's help.

MB's call to developers 03/02/1994 BT
HOUSING developers should continue to maintain their buildings even after their legal obligations are over, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said. Although developers are legally responsible for the condition of their buildings for a certified period (between six months and a year of completion), they also have a social responsibility to ensure that the buildings are safe for occupants long after that, he said.

`Provide after sales service' 04/02/1994 MM
DEVELOPERS have a social responsibility to build and maintain quality houses and shophouses even after they have been sold. This also includes opening emergency units in their project to respond quickly in a disaster, said Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhmmad Taib when launching Taman TTDI Jaya in Shah Alam last Wednesday.

`Architect fully responsible for housing project' 04/02/1994 MM
THE architect who designed the 10 units of linked houses with defective roof structure in Taman Selatan, Klang, should not pass the blame to the housing area developer and engineer to escape accountability. Selangor Local Government chief assistant secretary Mohamad Izat Hassan said the architect was responsible for the houses' construction.

Inquiry panel interviews Highland Towers folk  06/02/1994 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) inquiry into the fate of Blocks 2 and 3 of the Highland Towers started today with three residents being interviewed. The closed-door inquiry, initially attended by 28 residents who registered at the MPAJ operations room, ended after 45 minutes of deliberation.

Mayor: 318 abandoned houses completed and sold 07/02/1994 NST
IPOH, Sun. - More than 300 terrace houses in Taman Perpaduan which were abandoned halfway have been completed and sold, Datuk Bandar Datuk Ismail Shah Bodin said today. The houses, which were built as part of the threephase project which started in 1980, were abandoned eight years ago, and housebuyers were in a fix as to whether the project would be completed.

263 reports against three 08/02/1994 NST
KLANG, Mon. - Police have received 263 reports against a woman and two men for cheating about 500 housebuyers of more than RM1.115 million over the purchase of lowand medium-cost houses and shophouses at the Taman Cempaka Sari scheme in Jalan Haji Sirat here. Klang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Khoo Ah See said today the three, who claimed they were agents of the housing developer, had collected payments for the purchase of the houses.

New lease of life for abandoned building 11/02/1994 NST-CITYX
PLAZA Tunku Yaacob at Lebuhraya Darul Aman in Alor Star, which has been abandoned for nearly nine years, has been reconstructed. The reconstruction work is undertaken by a local developer, Cayman Development Sdn Bhd.

Developers welcome inspection of buildings 15/02/1994 NST
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
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.

Proposals to ensure high-rise safety 22/02/1994 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has come up with seven proposals to ensure safety in high-rise buildings. The minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said some of the proposals have been included in amendments to laws and regulations pertaining to high- rise building safety to be tabled in Parliament in April.

Making it illegal to fell trees indiscriminately 22/02/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Indiscriminate felling of trees will be illegal when amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 are passed in Parliament in April. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ting Chew Peh said today that the move was to prevent more greenery from being destroyed.

Spare no efforts to make buildings safe 28/02/1994 NST
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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