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Kurang simen punca projek lewat BH 02/09/1995
KEMAMAN, Jumaat - Kekurangan simen menyebabkan 13 projek perumahan kos rendah dan Skim Pertapakan membabitkan 3,000 keluarga di negeri ini, tidak dapat disiapkan mengikut jadual. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Bandar dan Desa negeri, Ahmad Said, berkata sekurang-kurangnya 30,000 kampit simen diperlukan untuk menyiapkan projek itu yang dilaksanakan 13 kontraktor Bumiputera.

Projek terbengkalai jejas pemandangan BH 04/09/1995
TERBENGKALAI ... pelbagai usaha dilakukan kerajaan dalam usaha menarik pelancong asing ke negara ini, termasuk menghias pintu masuk sempadan untuk memberi gambaran awal mengenai keindahan negara. Tembok sempadan di Padang Besar, Perlis (gambar) yang menjadi salah satu pintu masuk utama pelancong dari Thailand ke negara ini, turut dihias dengan melekatkan mozek beraneka warna untuk membentuk imej tertentu.

Soil tests to be carried out along Persiaran Lidcol  06/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - City Hall has appointed a private consultant to carry out soil tests along Pesiaran Lidcol, off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng here, to determine the cause of several cracks that appeared yesterday. The cracks, which appeared about 12.30pm yesterday, and measured about nine metres long, caused damage to an old bungalow along the road, forcing the occupants to vacate the premises.

Buyers' housing blues 06/09/1995 MM
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry was criticised today for not living up to its promise to help buyers of the Greenwood Condominium project abandoned in 1990. A group of 34 purchasers, who were left in the lurch after the project was revived by another developer, were unhappy at the lack of action against the latter for allegedly carrying on the project without a licence

State lauds move to extend house guarantee period 06/09/1995 NST
JOHOR BARU, Tues. - The Johor Government today lauded the Housing and Local Government Ministry's announcement that it would study the possibility of extending the guarantee period for new houses from the current 12 to 36 months. State Housing, Small and Medium-scale Industries, and Local Government Committee chairman Adam Abdul Hamid said the move was timely as this would give house buyers sufficient guarantee against structural faults and shoddy workmanship by developers.

Projek terbengkalai dipulih BH 07/09/1995 
KANGAR, Rabu - Kerajaan Perlis akan mencari syarikat pemaju baru untuk membaik pulih dan meneruskan pembinaan sembilan projek perumahan awam yang terbengkalai di negeri ini, kata Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Negeri Khor Liang Tee.

Low-cost homes for the registered only  08/09/1995 NST
BUTTERWORTH, Thurs. - The Housing Ministry has directed State Governments to ensure that low-cost houses, whether built by them or the private sector, are sold only to applicants registered with State Governments, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. This is to ensure that low-cost houses go to those who really deserve them.

Efforts on abandoned projects going well NST 08/09/1995
SEREMBAN, Thurs. - Eight abandoned housing projects in Negri Sembilan have been approved for rehabilitation by the Treasury's Abandoned Housing Project Rehabilitation Fund (AHPRF). Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad said today the abandoned projects consisting of 2,050 housing units were mostly in Kuala Pilah and here.

Amendments to be made to Strata Titles Act  10/09/1995 NSUNT
THE Strata Titles Act is being reviewed and amendments are expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat sitting in October. The main objective of the review, said Land and Co-operatives Development Ministry secretary-general Dr Nik Mohd Zain Nik Yusof, was to ensure that sub-divided buildings are maintained properly by a specific authority.

Usaha bantu pembeli rumah HM 13/09/1995
KANGAR: Kerajaan negeri akan berusaha membantu pembeli rumah di negeri ini mengatasi masalah mereka, khususnya berkaitan bayaran balik pinjaman bank, kata Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan negeri (Exco), Khor Liang Tee. Menurutnya, langkah ini diambil berikutan ada sebahagian pembeli rumah yang diisytiharkan muflis oleh mahkamah kerana gagal menjelaskan bayaran balik pinjaman wang beberapa bank tempatan.

Structural defects in flats 13/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) said today structural defects had been discovered at its flats in Jalan Yahya Awal, Johor Baru. Sixteen families of TNB staff had moved out on Sept 5, it said in a statement issued here.

Developer with expired licence fined RM25,000 14/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - A housing development company was fined RM25,000 by the Sessions Court here today for building apartments without a licence. Managing director of Tempamas Sdn Bhd Chia Soon Keat pleaded guilty yesterday on behalf of Tempamas to building the Setapak Ria Apartments in Jalan Mata Air Dua, off Jalan Genting Kelang in Setapak here without a housing developer's licence on Feb 15.

Taman Rampai project to be revived 15/09/1995 MM
THE Taman Rampai housing scheme in Ampang which was abandoned eight years ago is being revived. Ampang Jaya MP Ong Tee Keat, in announcing the good news, said those who had bought houses in the scheme will not have to pay extra money under the new proposal to revive the scheme.

Enough surveyors licensed to undertake work on strata titles 18/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The problem of the issuance of strata titles is in no way related to the number of practising licensed land surveyors, Land Surveyors Board of Peninsular Malaysia secretary Chun Ming Kee said. He said the board had appointed 106 licensed land surveyors, out of a total of 153, to carry out survey work for the issuance of strata titles since 1985.

Another housing project abandoned 19/09/1995 MM
ANOTHER abandoned housing project has emerged in Ampang just when one has been revived early this month. Ampang Jaya Member of Parliament Ong Tee Keat said he managed to help restart the abandoned Taman Seri Rampai project early this month.

Call for developers to extend guarantee period 20/09/1995 NST
SEREMBAN, Tues. - The Negri Sembilan Consumers Council wants the Government to introduce a regulation requiring housing developers to carry out repairs on houses with faults beyond the existing one-year period. State executive councillor Goh Siow Huat, who is the council chairman, said the present one-year guarantee in the Sale and Purchase agreements was insufficient to safeguard the interest of housebuyers.

Buildings over limestone safe 20/09/1995 MM
FORTY per cent of Kuala Lumpur is on limestone formations where soil analysis and special engineering designs are necessary to ensure the safety of buildings. This was revealed by Geo-Environment Sdn Bhd director Dr Gue See Sew, who is also on the panel of advisors to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

Unlicensed builder fined RM25,000 20/09/1995 NST By Chok Suat Ling
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - A housing development company was fined RM25,000 by the Sessions Court here today for building apartments without a licence. Senior manager of Maxrise (M) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Metroplex Bhd, Cheah Siew Mun, pleaded guilty on behalf of Maxrise to building Green Park Apartments on Lot 10053 and 10060, Jalan Awan Pintal, off Jalan Kelang Lama here, without a housing developer's licence on Feb 15.

High price to pay over idle schemes 21/09/1995 NST-LTIMES
A NUMBER of housebuyers in Perlis were recently declared bankrupt by the court because the nine schemes in which they purchased their units have floundered for the last 10 years. State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Khor Liang Tee said the affected buyers, among whom were several civil servants, simply could not continue servicing their bank loans while paying for house rentals.

Studying need for extending warranty on houses 21/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is studying whether there is a need to extend the warranty period for houses in view of numerous complaints of shoddy workmanship. At present, the warranty period for houses is one year from the date the certificate of fitness is issued and during this period developers are required to repair defects that appear in the structure.

Developers: Longer liability period not necessary 26/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Purchasers whose houses have major structural damage can compel their developers to address the problem even after the expiry of the warranty period. Housing Developers Association of Malaysia (HDAM) deputy president Tan Teng Boon said they could do so under the 1953 Limitations Act but added this was limited to damage caused by major structural defects.

HDA: Current one-year warranty on houses fair 26/09/1995 BT
THE Housing Developers Association Malaysia (HDA) wants the one-year Defects Liability Period (DLP) to be maintained as major structural defects appearing after 12 months will be covered by the Limitation Act 1953. Under the Act, house buyers have up to six years to take action against the developer for major structural defects

State must absorb low-cost price hike 27/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - State Governments can increase the price of low-cost houses but they have to absorb the difference from the RM25,000 price per unit fixed by the Federal Government, Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government Peter Chin said today. He said this when commenting on Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman's statement yesterday that the State Government proposed to increase the price of a unit of low-cost house from RM25,000 to RM27,000.

Perunding dipersalah HM 28/09/1995
MELAKA: Syarikat perunding yang terbabit dalam projek pembangunan di negeri ini perlu dipersalahkan jika projek pembangunan terbabit mendatangkan masalah kepada penduduk di kawasan berhampiran. Sehubungan itu, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan, Kerajaan Tempatan dan Alam Sekitar, Datuk Yasin Sarif mengingatkan pemaju supaya lebih bertanggungjawab dalam memberikan khidmat nasihat kepada pelanggan mereka, bagi memastikan projek yang dilaksanakan berjalan lancar.

HDA's attitude unbecoming, says Fomca chief 28/09/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) said today that the Housing Developers Association (HDA) is threatening the Government by giving indications that house prices could rise if the one-year warranty for new houses is extended. Fomca president Hamdan Adnan said the statement by HDA president Lawrance Chan Kek Tong yesterday that the Government's intention to increase the warranty period could cause a price hike of up to 15 to 20 per cent was unbecoming as they only think of profit without taking into account the responsibility to provide quality houses for consumers.

Council: `move out' 29/09/1995 MM
THE Negri Sembilan Government will get tough against developers who take their buyers for a ride by building houses which do not meet specifications. Irked by complaints from disgruntled house buyers, the Government has warned errant developers that they could be blacklisted if they fail to comply with the conditions stipulated in the Sales and Purchase (S&P) agreement.

Insensitive developers in Johor come under fire 29/09/1995 NST
MUAR, Thurs. - The Johor Government is inadvertently left "holding the baby" when the infrastructural defects of some housing projects contribute to flash floods in the State. While developers of housing projects reap fat profits, the State Government and local authorities are burdened with solving the flood woes arising from such defects.

State to take stern action against errant developers 29/09/1995  NST-LTIMES By C. Navaratnam
HOUSEBUYERS will be pleased to learn that in future, their grouses against developers will not go unheard. The State Government has finally warmed the hearts of buyers with its decision to take stern action against unscrupulous developers who shortchange housebuyers.

 

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