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House prices: Rule prevents hikes without controller's nod 01/07/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The prices of houses, once fixed, cannot be revised upward arbitrarily by developers under a condition to be imposed with immediate effect by the Controller of Housing. A developer may only change the price in the proposed brochures, newspaper advertisements and billboards with the written approval of the controller.

Be scrupulous, developers told 02/07/1995 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Housing developers have been urged to be intelligent and sincere when carrying out their projects if they want to avoid a tightening of existing regulations. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today developers should not take advantage of the relative "freedom" given to them by stressing only on profits without paying attention to quality, safety and satisfaction of buyers.

Bangunan 5 tingkat wajib diperiksa BH 04/07/1995
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Semua bangunan melebihi lima tingkat wajib diperiksa keselamatan dan kestabilannya setiap 10 tahun bagi memastikan ia kukuh dan tidak membahayakan penghuni. Peraturan itu yang termaktub dalam pindaan Undang-undang Kecil Bangunan Seragam 1984 bertujuan memastikan kejadian bangunan runtuh seperti tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers tidak berulang.

Mandatory inspection every 10 years: Ting BT 04/07/1995 By Mary Zachariah
THE Uniform Building By-Laws 1984 is to be gazetted in September this year making it mandatory for buildings with more than five storeys to be inspected every 10 years. Housing and Local Goverment Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the by- laws would be enforced immediately after they have been gazetted.

Safety tests a must for some buildings soon NST 04/07/1995 By A. Hafiz Yatim
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - From September, all buildings of five storeys or more and which are 10 years or older will require safety inspections from certified structural and civil engineers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said this ruling is to be imposed since the amendment to the Uniform Building By- Laws 1984 is expected to be gazetted in two months' time.

Check on high-rise buildings 06/07/1995 MM
LOCAL authorities are expected to maintain registers on high-rise buildings in their areas to keep track of when the buildings are due for safety inspections. This is among the administrative and enforcement procedures likely to be introduced to ensure that the building owners engage engineers to conduct structural checks every 10 years.

Projek terbiar perlu dimaju segera 07/07/1995 HM
PARIT BUNTAR: Kerajaan negeri diminta menyegerakan projek kampung tersusun di Pondok Tanjung yang terbengkalai sejak 10 tahun lalu. Ketua Kampung Pondok Tanjung, Sulaiman Mahmud, berkata projek itu wajar diteruskan bagi membolehkan penduduk yang sering menghadapi masalah banjir berpindah.

New low-cost housing rule 08/07/1995  NST
JOHOR BARU, Fri. - Low-cost house owners would have to sell their units to the Government if they wish to buy medium-cost houses under a new Housing and Local Government Ministry ruling being drawn up to check abuses. Its Deputy Minister, Datuk Tajol Rosli, said today the ruling was also in line with the latest move by the ministry to tighten the registration of low-cost houses in all States.

An end to false housing ads 10/07/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Several housing developers are being investigated by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry for making false and misleading claims in their advertisements. This follows an increasing number of complaints the ministry's enforcement division is receiving from housebuyers.

States free to draw up own housing policy 10/07/1995 NST
IPOH, Sun. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry supports any policy drawn up by State Governments to ensure low-cost homes go to those from the low-income group. Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said State Governments had the power to formulate their own policies on the matter and the Federal Government supported them as long as it benefited the target group.

Ampang Jaya council under fire 11/07/1995 NST-CITYX
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) will be taken to task for failing to tackle drainage and garbage problems which have been plaguing flat dwellers in Taman Pandah Indah, Ampang. Member of Parliament for Ampang Jaya Ong Tee Keat said he was surprised with the deplorable condition of the drains in front of the Pandan Indah Secondary School.

Lavendar Park developer flouts law 11/07/1995 NST-CITYX
A HOUSING developer in Lavendar Park, Hulu Langat is flouting the law by allowing a family to live in a house, which does not have a Certificate of Fitness (CF), since January. According to Hulu Langat District Council secretary Abdullah Rahman, the developer could be penalised for allowing the housebuyer to live in a house where electricity and water supply had not been connected.

Medium-cost house price brackets revised 11/07/1995  NST
THE Ministry of Housing and Local Government has revised the pricing of low-medium and high-medium cost houses under the Seventh Malaysia Plan, said its Deputy Minister Datuk Tajol Rosli Ghazali.

Masalah 1,006 rumah terbiar diatasi 13/07/1995 BH
KANGAR, Rabu - Masalah 1,006 unit rumah terbengkalai di negeri ini dijangka dapat diatasi dalam tempoh setahun, kata Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan negeri (Exco), Khor Liang Tee. Katanya, kerajaan negeri akan berusaha dan mengambil langkah tertentu bagi memastikan rumah yang dibina dalam sembilan projek perumahan itu dapat dipulihkan dalam tempoh itu.

873 rumah terbengkalai dipulihkan 13/07/1995 HM
KANGAR: Masalah projek perumahan terbengkalai membabitkan sebanyak 873 unit di negeri ini dijangka dapat diatasi dalam tempoh setahun, kata Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan negeri (Exco), Khor Liang Tee. Menurutnya, kerajaan negeri akan berusaha bagi memastikan semua sembilan projek terbengkalai dapat di pulihkan dalam tempoh berkenaan.

Ministry to help builders with funds 14/07/1995 NST
PETALING JAYA, Thurs. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry, in its efforts to ensure landscaping is carried out on a larger scale throughout the country, is willing to provide funds to developers to assist them in doing landscaping in low-cost housing schemes. At present, not all local authorities require housing developers to carry out landscaping work at low-cost housing schemes.

40 projek perumahan di Johor terbengkalai 17/07/1995  BH By Ismail Mat; Zulkiflee Ab Jalil
MUAR, Ahad - Kerajaan Johor mengenal pasti kira-kira 40 projek perumahan di negeri ini yang masih terbengkalai, walaupun pembinaannya dimulakan sejak lebih 10 tahun lalu. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan, Industri Kecil Sederhana dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Adam Abdul Hamid, berkata pihaknya kini sedang mengenal pasti projek terbabit mengikut daerah.

New ruling for developers: Ting 19/07/1995  BT
PROPERTY developers may be required to pay refundable deposits to the relevant authorities as a guarantee that work carried out on their projects meet all the necessary plans and specifications, including safety standards. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that the deposits would be refunded to the developers when the Certificates of Fitness have been issued by the local authorities.

Pemaju diarah percepat projek 19/07/1995 BBH y Ahmad Che Doh
NIBONG TEBAL, Selasa - Kerajaan negeri mengarahkan Diniaga Sdn Bhd mempercepatkan projek pembinaan 130 unit rumah kos rendah di Jawi dekat sini bagi mengelakkan pembeli menunggu lebih lama. Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Mohd Shariff Omar, berkata projek yang sepatutnya siap pada 1990 kini terbengkalai menyebabkan pembeli yang tidak mempunyai rumah, terpaksa menyewa rumah manakala mereka yang membuat pinjaman membeli rumah itu melalui bank terpaksa membuat bayaran setiap bulan.

Projek terbiar: Perlis lantik kontraktor baru 20/07/1995 BH
KANGAR, Rabu - Kerajaan Perlis bertindak tegas bagi menyelesaikan masalah 873 projek perumahan yang terbengkalai menerusi pendekatan melantik kontraktor lain menyiapkan projek itu. Pengerusi Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Khor Liang Tee, berkata pendekatan itu akan dilaksanakan sekiranya pemaju asal masih tidak mahu bertanggungjawab menyiapkan projeknya.

No blanket time extension for delivery of new houses 21/07/1995  NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Government will not give a blanket approval to developers to extend the time period for house delivery despite claims that cement shortage is causing delay in the completion of projects. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday the ministry would only approve individual applications for an extension and even then, approval would be given under special circumstances and after thorough vetting.

Pemaju baru ganti kontraktor asal 25/07/1995 HM
KANGAR: Kerajaan negeri akan melantik pemaju perumahan lain sekiranya kontraktor asal gagal menyiapkan projek perumahan mengikut tempoh ditetapkan. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Khor Liang Tee, berkata kerajaan negeri berharap menerusi tindakan itu masalah 873 projek perumahan terbengkalai di negeri ini dapat diatasi segera.

Coming down hard on developers with poor track records 28/07/1995 NST
PENANG, Thurs. - The State Government will stop or delay approvals and permits to developers with poor track records in project implementation or who fail to take measures to safeguard the environment and public safety. Penang is believed to be the first State to come up with such move to prevent environmental degradation and ensure public safety.

Be more responsible, local authorities told 30/07/1995 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - Local authorities must be more sensitive to complaints by residents and take into account their grouses about cracks appearing in buildings. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said they should consider all the necessary groundwork such as the site and stability of the project before approving it.

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.

 

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