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(1994)

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Ensure better quality of houses, Pahang told 01/08/1994 NST
KUANTAN, Sun. - The Pahang Government should impose tighter conditions on housing developers to ensure better quality low-cost houses in the State. Member of Parliament for Kuantan Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said this was because the condition of some of the low-cost houses was "deplorable".

Ting: Building Control Unit to be set up sooner 01/08/1994 NST
GOPENG, Sun. - The Government is expediting the setting up of a Building Control Unit so that guidelines could be drawn for the housing industry and professional advice given to 143 local authorities in the peninsula following the amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building (Amendment) Bill 1994. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today the Public Services Department had been asked to complete its task as soon as possible so that structural engineers, architects and surveyors could be recruited as staff of this unit.

Jabatan kesan pemaju ingkar  02/08/1994 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Jabatan Tanah dan Galian sedang mengesan pemaju di seluruh negara kerana mengingkari Akta Hak Milik Strata 1986 yang menyebabkan sekurang-kurangnya sejuta penghuni pangsapuri belum mempunyai hak milik strata. Ketua Pengarah Tanah dan Galian Persekutuan, Dr Nik Mohd Zain Nik Yusof, berkata kelewatan pemaju membuat permohonan menyebabkan penghuni terbabit ketiadaan hak undang-undang atas tapak pangsapuri yang mereka beli.

New format for housing adverts, says Ting 07/08/1994 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Developers who print vague advertisements about the price of their houses and the number of units available will soon have to be more exact. Under a proposed new advertising format to be drawn up by the Housing and Local Government and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministries, they would have to provide a very accurate picture to consumers.

`Developer misled us' 11/08/1994 MM By P. Selvarani
APPROVAL for the controversial Menang Ria condominiums in Desa Petaling was given by City Hall a month after the development order was given for the Sri Lata condominiums in the same project. The news was conveyed to Sri Lata condominium buyers at a meeting with City Hall's Planning and Building Control Department director, Mokhtar Long Idris, yesterday.

EIA report now a selling point for developers: Chin 15/08/1994 BT
THE Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report has been accepted as a selling point for developers, Deputy Science, Technology and Environment Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui said yesterday. Some developers have gone to the extent of advertising the approval of the EIA report by the Department of Environment (DOE), he told reporters after launching the Atomic Energy Licensing Board's Open Day in Kuala Lumpur.

Campaign against those who flout EIA rules 15/08/1994 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - In an effort to nab errant developers who have gone ahead with their projects without conducting Environmental Impact Assessments, the Department of Environment (DOE) is compiling a list of impending projects in the various States. Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Peter Chin Fah Kui said today the department was also monitoring news reports on new development projects to check if they were subject to EIA requirements.

Developer given two months to settle CF hitch 18/08/1994  MM
THE long wait of Puchong Indah house-buyers for their certificates of fitness is finally coming to an end now that the developer has been given two months to settle outstanding infrastructural matters. Before the Petaling District Council issues the CFs, Aneka Baru (M) Sdn Bhd will first have to carry out additional works on the road,drainage and oxidisation pond.

Negri revives nine housing projects 19/08/1994 NST
SEREMBAN, Thurs. - The Negri Sembilan Government has successfully revived nine abandoned housing projects comprising 1,063 units. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad said efforts were being made to revive another 14 projects with 3,217 units.

Pemaju diarah bersih semak 24/08/1994 HM
YONG PENG: Majlis Daerah Batu Pahat Timur (MDBPT) sedang menghubungi pemaju projek Taman Desa di Jalan Yong Peng Labis di sini, supaya membersihkan semak-samun di kawasan projeknya yang terbengkalai. Setiausahanya, Abdul Rashid Abd Rahman, berkata jika pemaju enggan mematuhi arahan dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan, MDBPT akan membersihkannya tetapi kosnya mesti ditanggung oleh pemaju terbabit.

228 projek rumah dipulihkan 29/08/1994 BH By Ebi Azly Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Ahad - Sejumlah 228 projek perumahan terbengkalai membabitkan 41,823 unit rumah di seluruh negara, berjaya dipulihkan semula melalui bantuan kerajaan dengan kos RM2.3 bilion, sejak lima tahun lalu. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata ini bermakna 30,489 pembeli mendapat manfaat daripada projek pemuliharaan yang dimulakan pada 1989 itu.

60 projek rumah belum siap 29/08/1994 HM
KUALA TERENGGANU: Lebih 60 projek perumahan membabitkan lebih 1,000 unit rumah kos sederhana dan mewah di seluruh negeri, terbengkalai dengan sebahagian besar diusahakan oleh pemaju Bumiputera. Sebahagian besar projek itu terbengkalai kerana tidak banyak pemaju Bumiputera yang mampu mengendalikan projek dengan sempurna serta kewangan yang terbatas.

RM2.3bn housing projects revived 29/08/1994 BT By Hamisah Hamid
ABANDONED private housing projects valued at RM2.28 billion have been rehabilitated over the last five years, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. This significantly reduced the number of abandoned housing projects to 90, which are in the process of being rehabilitated. As at the end of June this year, 228 of the 442 abandoned housing projects identified as at June 1989 have been rehabilitated while 124 projects have been written off.

Reviving confidence of buyers 30/08/1994 NST
PURCHASING a house is often intended as a life-long commitment, not an exercise in despair, which has been the fate of housebuyers of abandoned houses. It is a sorry tale of lifesavings under threat, banks threatening bankruptcy over overdue interest payments, municipal councils waxing eloquently about warrants of attachments on sizeable properties over non- payment of assessment. All this anguish and what they have are the skeletal remains, in various stages of development, of their intended homes. In cases where the houses are in an advanced stage of construction, and funds committed, they stand out like white elephants mocking the housebuyer as he is forced to continue to service his loan, pay his rental, eat into his savings and erode his hopes.

 

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