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(1994)

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Developers urged to provide more playground areas 06/04/1994 MM
HOUSING developers have been urged to be more sensitive to current needs by providing recreational facilities in their housing projects to promote a healthy lifestyle. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said there are no laws to make it compulsory for housing developers to do so and that such things are the developers' social responsibility.

Sluggish property market to blame 07/04/1994 NST
THE sluggish property market in Ipoh has resulted in the failure of the Bandar Bercantum project and a five-star hotel-cum-shopping arcade in Greentown, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib said yesterday. He said the State Development Corporation (SDC) had already solved the financial and legal problems involving the former developers of Bandar Bercantum project.

Rejected: 4 appeals on low-cost housing regulation 07/04/1994 NST
KANGAR, Wed. - The Perlis State Executive Council today rejected four applications from housing developers to waive the requirement that they include low-cost houses as part of their projects. The rejected applications included one from the Perlis State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC).

City Hall to make RM1m yearly from condo project 07/04/1994 NST-CITYX
CITY hall will receive close to RM1 million a year in rental income from the 18 units allocated to it under the Desa Cahaya luxury condominium joint-venture project in Jalan Ampang. The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the luxury condominium market with units being given in exchange for City Hall's participation.

Contractors fined 07/04/1994 MM
FOR felling 1,424 trees along the Jalan Sungei Besi-Jalan Bellamy green belt area during the ongoing construction of the southern middle ring road project, the contractors were recently fined RM176,400 by City Hall. Metramac Corporation Berhad, which employed Ho Hup Construction Company as its sub-contractor, also had to pay another RM152,100 for the replanting of the remaining trees in the area in City Hall's parks and nurseries.

Only one highrise housing project issued strata title 08/04/1994 NST
SEREMBAN, Thurs. - Only one of the 13 completed condominium and flat projects in Negri Sembilan have been issued with strata titles. State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Hon Choon Kim said developers of the other projects, which have already been occupied, did not submit applications for the titles.

`Expedite titles application' 08/04/1994 BT
THE Negri Sembilan Government has ordered the developers of 12 completed condominium and flat projects in the state to expedite their applications for the strata titles, chairman of the State Committee on Local Government Datuk Hon Choon Kim said yesterday. "So far, out of 13 projects completed, only the 200 units of condominium at Blue Lagoon, Port Dickson, has been issued with the strata titles," he told reporters after opening a day-long seminar on the Strata Titles Act 1985 at the MPS hall, in Seremban. Hon said it was against the law for a developer not to apply for the title after the building was completed and, upon receiving it, they had to co- ordinate the formation of a management corporation involving the dwellers to look after the building. - Bernama

Architects concerned over rules 09/04/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Malaysian Institute of Architects has expressed concern over new guidelines introduced by some local authorities requiring layout plans to be submitted by town planners for certain kinds of development as this can result in abuse. MIA president, Isa Mohamed, said some local authorities recently introduced guidelines which required such plans to be submitted by town planners who are corporate members of the Malaysian Institute of Planners for development of projects more than five two hectarwes in size.

Shah Alam's building guidelines 11/04/1994 NST-CITYX
THE Shah Alam Municipal Council has prepared a set of guidelines for developers and houses owners who wish to undertake renovation work.

Put the squeeze on defiant developers 12/04/1994 NST-CITYX
CITY Hall may be fighting a losing battle against errant contractors who toe the line when enforcement officials are around but return to their old habits as soon as they leave. A cat-and-mouse game has developed with contractors cashing in on the belief that enforcement officials may not be able to efficiently police the many construction projects in the city.

Report on Highland Towers collapse ready 12/04/1994 BT
THE technical committee investigating the Highland Towers disaster has come out with its report detailing the causes of collapse as well as pinpointing the parties responsible. The draft of the report, to be released soon, will be submitted to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council on April 15. It will be submitted to the Special Cabinet Committee on Highland Towers Disaster within a week and released to the public within a month.

Five housing projects revived 14/04/1994 NST-CITYX By Ramlan Said
FIVE abandoned housing projects, involving low- and medium-cost units, have been revived in Ampang Jaya. Ampang Jaya Member of Parliament Ong Tee Kiat said this was made possible with loans from the special fund set up by the Government to revive abandoned housing projects.

Marina project to be revived 14/04/1994 BT
THE proposed RM700 million recreational complex and marina project at Port Dickson, which was abandoned in the 1980s, will be revived in July, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said yesterday. He said the project will be carried out on 100 hectares of reclaimed land in three phases over 10 years by the original developer, PD Land Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Safuan Group. The developer had reclaimed 48 hectares for the first phase development involving a marina with berths for 150 boats, a handicraft market and apartments, he told reporters after the State Executive Council meeting in Seremban. He said tenders will be issued next month for the first phase which will take two years to complete and cost RM117 million. - Bernama

Making light of a serious issue 16/04/1994 NST-CITYX
THE Chief Minister office, the State Secretariat, Government departments and businesses have been occupying a building without a permanent certificate of fitness for occupation (CF) for more than 10 years. Sri Tanjung, like other Penang residents, was shocked to learn of this. It would have remained unknown to most people if not for Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) president Datuk Tan Gim Hwa.

Hati-hati pilih kontraktor rumah 18/04/1994 BH By Tengku Fauziah Ngah
KUALA TERENGGANU, Ahad - Semua kerajaan negeri dinasihatkan berhati-hati memilih kontraktor untuk melaksanakan projek perumahan kos rendah bagi mengelak projek terbengkalai. Menteri Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata langkah itu bagi memastikan setiap projek rumah kos rendah siap mengikut tempoh iaitu tidak melebihi dua tahun.

28 abandoned Sabah housing projects saved 20/04/1994 NST
KOTA KINABALU, Tues. - The State Government has revived and completed seven of 28 abandoned housing projects in Sabah, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee said. The seven housing projects comprised 1,091 houses, valued at RM84 million.

Proper implementation of laws vital, Ting tells builders 19/04/1994 BT
LAWS and regulations by themselves cannot cure the ills in the construction industry and ensure building safety. Rather, those in the industry must also come to grips with the implementation aspects. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said these include the implementation of delivery, control and monitoring, human resource development, technology, and professional standards.

RM9bn projects approved 19/04/1994 BT
THE Johor Government has approved some 100 projects worth RM9 billion to be developed in the state during the next nine years. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the projects, including property development in major towns, have been assessed by the State Government's privatization committee before approval. The State Government is confident that under the programme, development in the city will be balanced with that in the other towns more quickly, he said at the earth-breaking ceremony at the Metro Larkin privatized project in Larkin. Muhyiddin also said developers of property like office buildings should fix reasonable rental rates so that they will not turn into white elephants. - Bernama

28 abandoned Sabah housing projects saved 20/04/1994 NST
KOTA KINABALU, Tues. - The State Government has revived and completed seven of 28 abandoned housing projects in Sabah, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee said. The seven housing projects comprised 1,091 houses, valued at RM84 million.

Nod for Bandar Sunway flats expected 20/04/1994 MM
THE Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) appears set to clear the final major hurdle to the issuance of certificate of fitness for its Bandar Sunway flats. It is in the final stage of discussions with the Fire Services Department to agree on the action needed to be taken to enable the housing project to meet fire safety standards.

Ting: We can achieve housing target 21/04/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - In a turnaround to what had been forecast earlier, the Housing and Local Government Ministry today said it was confident of achieving its target of constructing 343,800 low-cost houses by the end of next year, with the RM1.4 billion allocation for the project in the 1994 budget. Its Minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said to date, about 40 per cent of the houses had been built and the allocation had given a tremendous boost to the completion of the remaining 60 per cent.

MPPJ acts against errant developer 22/04/1994 NST-CITYX
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) will be acting against a housing developer for constructing four additional apartments in Subang Indah without prior approval. Councillor Datuk Megat Najmuddin Datuk Seri Megat Khas said the developer, Prisma Development Sdn Bhd, had flouted the building approval plans by constructing the additional apartments.

Council takes builder to task 22/04/1994 MM
THE developer of an apartment project in Subang Indah near Bandar Sunway has incurred the wrath of the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council for building "extra" units on the sly. It is now saying "enough is enough" to such deviations from original building plans and will penalise any developers for doing this.

Builders: Stricter rules may ultimately hit buyers' pockets 25/04/1994 BT
SOME contsruction companies in the country are of the view that the tightening of the present system and procedures of planning approval, design review, safety inspection and quality control in building construction will affect the end consumer. They said the weaknesses inherent in the construction industry are known but due to the fierce competition among developers, especially in open tenders, developers have little choice but to come out with designs aimed at attracting the customer at low prices.

Osu: Developers reluctant to build low-cost houses 28/04/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Government is not happy with the level of co- operation from private developers in helping the poor to own houses under the low-cost housing scheme. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Osu Sukam said today the private developers had yet to show encouraging support for the policy to enable the poor to own houses.

Private developers not sincere: Deputy minister 28/04/1994 BT
WHILE state governments have responded positively to the Federal Government's plans to build more low-cost houses, private developers are still not sincere in helping meet the housing needs of those in the lower income group. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Osu Sukam said private developers are trying to avoid building low-cost houses although the state governments are providing land for their development.

More than 500 file complaints against developers last year 29/04/1994 BT
MORE than 500 irate housebuyers filed complaints against developers with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government last year. Its minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said most of the complaints were on shoddy workmanship, late delivery of homes and problems with the sales and purchase agreement.

More complaints against developers 29/04/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - More than 500 complaints were filed with the Housing and Local Government Ministry last year against developers and the number is expected to increase, Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. With the upward trend in consumerism and housebuying, he said it was only "logical" that the number of complaints against developers increased too.

`Rich' residents top defaulters' list 29/04/1994 NST-CITYX
PROPERTY owners in posh residential areas in Ampang Jaya continue to top the list of assessment defaulters in the municipality. Among the areas are Taman Melawati, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang Indah and Taman Permata.

Petaling in a fix over relocation of squatters 30/04/1994 NST-CITYX
THE Petaling District Council is unable to resolve the issue of how to relocate 44,000 squatters in the district. In one area, the delay in relocating 20 to 30 squatter families has held back health, education and fire department projects.

Suitable trees for city centre 30/04/1994 NST
PLUMERIAS of various flowering types were planted in Kuala Lumpur before the 1960s, but not many were planted after the 1980s for reasons only the city authorities themselves know. Why none of these medium-growing and very free-flowering trees that hardly require much maintenance and attention is being planted in our city landscape is something of a mystery because their flowering capacity and ease of maintenance are so obvious to any landscaping department.

The link road must go, firm told 30/04/1994 MM
THE developer of Taman Puchong Jaya has run into a snag - a link road they are building has run across an expressway reserve and they have been told to scrap the road. Kesas Sdn Bhd, the company awarded the contract to build the 35km Shah Alam Expressway, has already told the developer, Dynamic Management Sdn Bhd, that the link road has to go.

 

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