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Water problem remains unsolved 04/05/1994 NST
KOTA BARU, Tues. - The State privatisation committee which met yesterday failed to come up with any immediate solution to provide water supply to more than 1,000 completed low-cost houses and 800 more under construction. It was learnt that the meeting which was convened by Deputy Menteri Besar Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman to address the problem had to be postponed as the committee was unable to come up with any feasible or viable proposal.

`Review disparity in code of ethics' 06/05/1994 MM
THE disparity in the code of ethics in the construction industry needs urgent redressing, says Persatuan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) past president Jimmy Lim. He said there should be a system where one end consists of a highly trained, legislated group of professionals with a strict code of ethics relying on a virtually untrained, unqualified, non-registered or unregulated group of builders and contractors at the other.

Insuring properties against latent defects 07/05/1994  NST By Azim Mohd Zabidi
IN the wake of the Highland Towers condominium collapse tragedy, there has been considerable interest within the building industry to know what forms of insurance protection are available to protect the parties involved, namely the developers and the buyers of properties. Perhaps, it would be opportune at this point to highlight an insurance policy which, although not very popular in Malaysia, does provide the necessary cover pertaining to defective design, unsuitable material or poor workmanship, all of which will cause losses to a property owner.

Bank kawal akaun pemaju 08/05/1993 BH
BATU PAHAT, Jumaat - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan sudah mewujudkan Akaun Pemaju Perumahan yang dikawal sepenuhnya oleh institusi kewangan bagi mengelak pemaju meninggalkan projek atau sewenang-wenangnya mengisytiharkan sesuatu projek sebagai terbengkalai. Timbalan menterinya, Daud Datuk Taha, berkata sejak diwujudkan Ogos lalu, kerajaan kini tidak lagi menghadapi masalah projek perumahan terbengkalai seperti yang berlaku dalam tempoh 1982-1991.

Special bank accounts: 184 builders to face action 09/05/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has identified 184 developers who have failed to open special bank accounts to receive payments by house-buyers. "This category of developers is the most irresponsible lot," its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said after launching the 144-unit Sri Bandar apartment project here today.

Ensure specifications are met, housing developers told 13/05/1994 BT
HOUSING developers have been urged to ensure houses under construction and those completed meet the specifications stipulated in the agreement with house buyers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, making the call in the wake of increasing complaints from purchasers voicing their grievances over shoddy treatment by developers, said the number of complaints received by the ministry has been on the rise over the last four years.

Protecting housebuyers' interests, investments 14/05/1994 NST
I WISH to put forward a line of thought that occurred to me after the fall of Highland Towers. Are housebuyers' investments' really protected at all and are they getting a fair deal. Being involved in property, I am aware that quality control in construction is not as easy as in manufacturing. It consists of many trades that often overlap during construction and quality control is even harder to achieve. What should be the main concern here is whether there is a reasonable amount of control at all for the housebuyers.

Govt to review ruling on checking buildings 18/05/1994 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will liaise with the Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Ministry to review the requirement for periodical checks on electrical systems of residential buildings. The need to review this requirement is necessary in view of the fact that electrical system defects, deteriorations and abuses have been the main cause of fires in buildings, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday.

Architects to ensure buildings are fireproof 18/05/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Architects may soon be held totally responsible for the design of fire safety requirements in high-rise buildings when the Housing and Local Government Ministry applies more stringent rules. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said this in a keynote address at the seminar on "Fire safety and emergency management procedures in high-rise buildings" here today.

Govt to review ruling on checking buildings 18/05/1994  BT By Siti Hajjar Sulaiman
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will liaise with the Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Ministry to review the requirement for periodical checks on electrical systems of residential buildings. The need to review this requirement is necessary in view of the fact that electrical system defects, deteriorations and abuses have been the main cause of fires in buildings, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday.

 

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