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(1994)

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Rebuilding tarnished image of the construction industry 06/07/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Government will set up a National Buildings Control Unit soon in a move to boost the image of the construction industry which has been tarnished by instances of collapsed buildings and shoddy workmanship. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the unit would comprise structural engineers, architects, geotechnical engineers, geologists and other technical professionals.

Govt to set up National Building Control Unit  06/07/1994 BT By David Ong-Yeoh
THE Government will set up a National Building Control Unit in efforts to overcome the problems facing the building and housing industry including poor structural standards to ensure safety and stability. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the proposed setting up of the unit is part of the amendment to the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.

Salvaging a wrecked image 07/07/1994 NST
THERE are plenty of indicators pointing to the lack, and perhaps the absence, of a quality and accountability culture within the building industry. The endless complaints of shoddy workmanship by house buyers seem to be a permanent feature accompanying the industry's growth. In the event of any mishap, purchasers are abandoned with no recompense. The brunt of complaint and embarrassment for abandoned housing projects is borne by the government which has to help revive some abandoned projects by setting up a rehabilitation scheme. Indeed, the public has for long tolerated the shortcomings within the industry.

5 daripada 100 projek `sakit' 09/07/1994 BH By Ebi Azly Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Bilangan projek terbengkalai di kalangan kontraktor Bumiputera lebih tinggi berbanding kontraktor bukan Bumiputera, kata Ketua Pengarah Kerja Raya, Tan Sri Wan Abdul Rahman Yaakob. Menurutnya, berdasarkan kajian Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR), hampir lima daripada setiap 100 projek yang dilaksanakan oleh kontraktor Bumiputera dikenal pasti sebagai projek `sakit' atau terbengkalai.

Developers urged to be more responsible 15/07/1994 NST-CITYX
SOME developers who are unable to deliver houses to buyers on time conveniently blame local authorities for delaying the issuance of certificate of fitness (CF). They often claim that the authorities do not inform them about new requirements.

Warning to developers who fail to comply 16/07/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Land and Mines Department will take action against developers who have failed to apply for strata titles. The department's director-general Dr Nik Zain Nik Yusof said today it was liasing with the local authorities like City Hall to check on those given Certificates of Fitness or Occupation Certificates.

Land dept for issuance of strata titles 16/07/1994 BT
THE Land and Mines Department has recommended that the owners of the two remaining blocks of the Highland Towers condominium project be issued strata titles, automatically giving them legal rights to their units. They, however, have the right to reject the offer and are free to take any necessary action, the department's director-general Dr Nik Mohd Zain Mohd Yusof said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday

Strata titles: Failure may see RM3m in fines 16/07/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The failure of the Highland Towers condominium developer to apply for strata titles within the stipulated period may well cost it as much as RM3 million in accumulated fines. Federal Land and Mines director-general Dr Nik Zain Nik Yusof said under the Strata Titles Act 1985, developers were required to apply for strata titles within six months after the certificate of fitness was issued by the local authority.

Warning to developers who fail to comply 16/07/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Land and Mines Department will take action against developers who have failed to apply for strata titles. The department's director-general Dr Nik Zain Nik Yusof said today it was liasing with the local authorities like City Hall to check on those given Certificates of Fitness or Occupation Certificates

Developer unhappy with findings 16/07/1994 BT
HIGHLAND Properties Sdn Bhd, the developer of the ill-fated Highland Towers, expressed its disappointment over the findings of the Inquiry Committee of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council recently. The company, in a statement issued by law firm Raja, Darryl and Loh in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, described as "astonishing" the emphasis on the liability of the developer in the findings.

Pemaju ingkar boleh didenda RM500,000 BH 19/07/1994  All reports on "Dewan Rakyat" by Lichong Angkui; Rosmin Darus
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Pemaju perumahan yang gagal mematuhi rekabentuk struktur atau menggunakan bahan binaan tidak menepati piawaian, kini boleh didenda RM500,000 atau penjara tidak lebih 10 tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali. Sebelum ini, pihak yang sabit kesalahan hanya dikenakan denda RM50,000 atau penjara tidak lebih dari 10 tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Stricter rules for safer buildings 19/07/1994 NST By All reports on "Dewan Rakyat" by Manan Osman; Alex Choong; Tengku Sarifuddin
THE Dewan Rakyat passed the Street, Drainage and Building (Amendment) Bill 1994 yesterday to provide stricter regulations and higher penalties in an effort to ensure the safety and stability of buildings. The amendments were tabled after a recommendation from a special Cabinet committee, set up after the collapse of the Highland Towers apartment block in Hulu Klang on Dec 11, in which 48 people were killed.

Developers should improve operating systems: Ting 20/07/1994 BT
LOCAL housing developers, which are lagging far behind in terms of quality, should opt for the ISO 9000 series to boost their image. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said it is common nowadays to hear buyers complaining about defects in houses built by local developers.

2 bodies call for review of Strata Titles Act 21/07/1994 BT
THE Housing Developers Association (HDA) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) yesterday called for a review of certain aspects of the 1985 Strata Titles Act which they see as hindrances to speedy issuance of strata titles. HDA deputy president Datuk Alan Tong suggested the giving of strata titles before the issuance of the Certificate of Fitness (CF) as one way of overcoming delays.

HDA calls for review of Strata Titles Act 21/07/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Housing Developers Association (HDA) and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) today called for a review of certain aspects of the 1985 Strata Titles Act, seen as a hindrance to the speedy issue of strata titles. HDA deputy president Datuk Alan Tong suggested that one way of overcoming delays in the issuing of titles was to give strata titles even before the Certificate of Fitness (CF) was issued.

Taha proposes mandatory EIA for new housing 26/07/1994 NST
DEPUTY Housing and Local Government Minister Daud Taha said yesterday the ministry planned to amend the Town and Country Planning Act to make it compulsory for developers to submit Environmental Impact Assessment report (EIA) for new housing projects. He said the EIA would cover the impact of the project in the area and its surrounding.

Act amended to ensure building safety 27/07/1994 MM
THE new Street, Drainage and Building (Amendment) Bill 1994 empowers local authorities to take immediate action against developers or contractors found flouting the regulations. The Bill, passed in the Dewan Negara two days ago, aims to make developers comply with the regulations by imposing more rigid rules and heftier penalties. It includes measures which ensure that buildings are safe and stable.

Bank fined for not complying with rule 30/07/1994 NST
KLUANG, Fri. - Chung Khiaw Bank Ltd was fined RM4,400 by the magistrate's court here today on two counts of contravening the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Regulation following an advertisement in a local newspaper on its housing project here. The bank's branch manager, Mr Teh Yee Joo, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the regulation when advertising the project, Taman Sri Jaya, in the Star on Feb 7, 1992. He paid the fine.

Strata title backlog: Developers want action 31/07/1995 NST
PENANG, Sun. - The Housing Developers' Association of Malaysia has called on the Government to expedite the issue of 380,000 strata titles to buyers of flats and condominiums nationwide. Its vice-president, Eddy Choong, in urging the Government to clear the massive backlog, said only 50,000 titles had been issued so far this year.

Daud: Unsafe flats on former mining land to go 31/07/1994 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Flats built on former mining land will be demolished if found to be unsafe, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Daud Taha said today. He said some 20,000 units of flats nationwide, most of them more than 10 years old, were constructed on former mining land.

 

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