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ADUN selesai masalah 01/11/1995HM
TAIPING: Pembeli rumah di Taman Bistari, Kemunting, dekat sini yang pembinaannya terbengkalai memberikan mandat kepada Adun Kamunting, Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Mohd Hanafiah, untuk menyelesaikan masalah mereka. Mandat itu diberikan dalam satu majlis dialog pembeli terbabit dengan Dr Abdul Malek di Sekolah Kebangsaan Long Jaafar, di sini baru-baru ini. Dr Abdul Malek berkata, dalam pertemuan itu keputusan dicapai dengan pembeli terbabit memberi mandat kepada beliau untuk berunding dengan pelbagai pihak supaya pembinaan rumah itu dapat diteruskan sehingga siap.

Strata Titles Bill 1995 passed  01/11/1995 NST
MORE high-rise buildings are expected to be built in the State following the passing of the Strata Titles Bill 1995 yesterday. Social Development Minister Datuk Adenan Satem said the Strata Titles Ordinance which was enacted in 1974 had some limitations which stifled the growth of the building industry.

Kerajaan arah segerakan projek sakit 06/11/1995 BH By Ahmad Che Doh
BUTTERWORTH: Ahad - Kerajaan negeri mengarahkan kontraktor terbabit menyegerakan pelaksanaan beberapa projek yang dikenal pasti sakit di daerah Seberang Prai Selatan (SPS). Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemudahan Awam, Infrastruktur dan Komunikasi negeri, Dr Hilmi Yahaya, berkata setakat ini pihaknya mengenal pasti empat projek kemudahan awam di daerah itu menghadapi masalah disebabkan kontraktor gagal menyiapkannya dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan.

Pendatang sembunyi di rumah terbengkalai 07/11/1995 BH
IPOH, Isnin - Projek perumahan Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) bersebelahan Taman Shatin Baru, Pasir Puteh, di sini yang terbengkalai sejak kira-kira 16 tahun lalu dipercayai menjadi tempat perlindungan pendatang tanpa izin. Seorang penduduk, Chin Kam Kee, 45, mendakwa mereka sering ternampak pekerja asing yang dipercayai pendatang tanpa izin keluar masuk ke dalam rumah yang terbengkalai itu.

City Hall to be served summons 07/11/1995 MM
BUYERS of Vista Angkasa condominium in Bukit Kerinchi will serve a summons on City Hall today for late delivery and failure to pay compensation for the delay. This was agreed at a protem committee meeting held last night at the site office of the project which involves 1,000 condominium units in five 17-storey blocks.

Geohazards of building on limestone 07/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
WHEN developers get that "sinking feeling", it means only one thing. They are in trouble because their pilings have sunk into the rugged limestone bedrock - the layer below the alluvial deposits namely, sand, gravel and clay - which geologists term as "unfavourable" for massive land development. Although limestone is not as solid as granite, it is not the strength of limestone rock which is at question. Rather, it is its irregular features which are characterised by crevices, pinnacles and overhangs that cause concern.

Condo buyers take City Hall to court 08/11/1995 MM
THE court hearing on late delivery charges put forth by Vista Angkasa condominium buyers against the developer, City Hall, will be held on Jan 2 at the Kuala Lumpur magistrate's court. Some 130 residents had served summonses against City Hall and were seeking compensation in excess of RM1 million.

ACA imposter preying on house buyers 08/11/1995 NST
SHAH ALAM Tues. - A man Impersonating as an Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) officer is on the prowl cheating women of money after informing then that he has connections in Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) and could easily get them houses. Two women have lodged police reports on the "smartly dressed gentleman who cheated them of about RM14,000.

Anyone has right to take City Hall to court: Noordin 09/11/1995 MM
CITY HALL says it is the prerogative of any party or association to initiate court proceedings against it. Its Director-General, Datuk Noordin Razak, said this when responding to the court hearing fixed for Jan 2 on late delivery charges claims filed by the Vista Angkasa Residents Association against City Hall.

House cracks report ready next week 11/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
THE report on the cause of cracks in homes along Jalan SS14/7, Subang Jaya has been delayed and will only be ready next week. Subang Jaya State Assemblyman Lee Hwa Beng said the delay was due to problems in engaging an independent soil expert.

Extensions illegal before CFs are issued 11/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
By C. Navaratnam  HOUSEBUYERS in Seremban have been advised not to be sweet-talked by unscrupulous contractors into putting up extensions to their houses before the Certificate of Fitness (CF) has been issued. The warning came from Seremban Municipal Council deputy president Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid

Strata titles: Heavier fines against errant builders likely 12/11/1995 NSUNT
KUANTAN, Sat. - The proposed amendment to the Strata Titles Act 1985, to be tabled in Parliament, will provide for a heavier fine against errant developers. Land and Co-operative Development Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said today the Government felt the existing fine was not deterrent enough, resulting in many developers dragging their feet.

Illegally-built houses may be demolished 14/11/1995 MM
THE developer of a housing estate in Cheras may pay a heavy price for his brashness as three units of his single-storey link houses which were illegally built may have to be demolished. The units were built by the developer of Taman Seri Raya in Batu 9, Cheras without the approval of the Hulu Langat District Council.

Directive to developers in Hulu Langat 14/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
THE Hulu Langat District Council has called on developers not to issue vacant posession (VP) and hand over keys to house buyers of units which are not supplied with water and electricity. Council secretary Abdullah Rahman said four developers in Cheras, Kajang and Semenyih have been put under the list of problematic developers for issuing VP before the completion of basic amenities.

Resolving strata title problems 15/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
WHEN Block One of Highland Towers in Kuala Lumpur collapsed on Dec 11, 1993, the whole nation grieved. There was also a lot of finger-pointing. On Dec 4, 1994, when making an order of certiorari to quash the repair- or-demolish notice given by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council in July that year, the High Court noted that the rightful owner of the land on which Blocks Two and Three stood was not the residents but the developer. Apparently, strata titles had not been issued.

Need for Act to protect house buyers  16/11/1995 NST
PETALING JAYA, Wed. - There is an urgent need to introduce a House buyers Act to protect consumers as present regulations governing developers are inadequate, Federation of Malaysian Consumers' Associations (Fomca) president Hamdan Adnan said today. He said the proposal was made following numerous complaints received from consumers pertaining to housing.

Curb house defects 16/11/1995 MB
YOUR EDITOR'S Note on the `Need For Longer Liability Period' (MB, Oct 16, 1995) deserves congratulations. At last, someone dares to present the truth in its proper perspective. Contractors and developers (whether they admit it or not) are definitely no saints. While no buyer expects it of them, all buyers definitely expect to get value for the amount they pay.

Need for Act to protect house buyers 16/11/1995 NST
PETALING JAYA, Wed. - There is an urgent need to introduce a House buyers Act to protect consumers as present
regulations governing developers are inadequate, Federation of Malaysian Consumers' Associations (Fomca) president Hamdan Adnan said today. He said the proposal was made following numerous complaints received from consumers pertaining to housing.

Strata titles: Ministry compiling list of buildings issued with CF 17/11/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Land and Co-operative Development Ministry is compiling a list of buildings, including apartments and condominiums, already issued with the certificate of fitness for occupation (CF) to ensure the individual buyers get their strata titles. Ministry secretary-general Dr Nik Mohamed Zain Nik Yusof said the work had entered its sixth month and more time was needed.

Strata title assurance for condo's residents 20/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
THE Land and Co-operative Ministry has given an assurance to residents of Brem Park condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama that it will look into applications for the certificate of fitness (CF) and strata titles by the developer as soon as possible. The assurance was given to residents by the Ministry's Deputy Minister Dr Goh Cheng Teik at the condominium's sixth anniversary celebration on Nov 9.

`Quality housing responsibility of all parties' 24/11/1995 BT
THE provision of quality housing is the combined responsibility of all parties, be it developers, contractors or professionals. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said developers, contractors, architects and engineers must make sure that the construction of houses are in accordance with the law and with the required materials.

House buyers urged not to accept keys 25/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
HOUSE buyers at Taman Sri Raya, 15km Jalan Cheras, have been urged not to accept their house keys from the developer, Kausar Corporation Sdn Bhd, as the company has yet to comply with conditions set by the Hulu Langat District Council for the issuing of the temporary Certificate of Fitness (CF). Council secretary Abdullah Rahman, who made the call at a Press conference held at the council's conference room, said the council would not allow water and electricity supply to be installed even if the house buyers have taken the keys from the developer.

Experts wants more time for soil study 27/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
A MEETING will be held this week to determine if the soil expert engaged to compile a report on the cause of cracks at homes along Jalan SS14/7, Subang Jaya should be allowed more time to finalise the report. Subang Jaya State Assemblyman Lee Hwa Beng said the consultant has asked for more time to complete the report.

Study on how vibrations effect buildings 28/11/1995 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The Department of Environment (DOE) is conducting a study to determine guidelines for the safeguarding of buildings against man-made vibrations. Science, Technology and Environment Deputy Minister Datuk Abu Bakar Daud said today that the department is being assisted in the study by Universiti Technologi Malaysia's (UTM) Institute of Noise and Vibration.

PNSB to be called in over project 29/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
PERMODALAN Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) will be called in to help resolve the problem faced by 440 housebuyers of Taman Seri Raya at 15km Jalan Cheras. Selangor State Executive Councillor and State Assemblyman for Dusun Tua Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad said in view of the fact that PNSB is a partner in the housing project, the State-owned company must also be responsible for the project which had been delayed for four years.

Floods and cracks worry for residents 29/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
RESIDENTS of Taman Yayasan in Kamunting are at their wit's end in trying to solve the flood woes and cracks appearing in their houses. They are hoping the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) and the developer of the project will act fast in solving these two major problems.

Spot checks on all work sites 30/11/1995 NST-LTIMES
SPOT checks will be conducted regularly at all construction sites in Petaling Jaya to monitor development projects in the municipality. Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) president Mohamad Nor Bador said the checks would serve as inspection for the council had to have a certain control over construction work in the area.

Pembeli rumah boleh buat laporan polis 30/11/1995 BH
MASALAH: SAYA mewakili semua pembeli unit perumahan kos rendah di Lot 1861, Kampung Gong Kubur, Fasa II, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, dalam kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Semerak ingin memohon perhatian dan bantuan pihak berwajib mengenai projek perumahan berkenaan yang telah lama terbengkalai

More checks on building sites 30/11/1995 MM
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) will be conducting more spot checks on construction sites to ensure that developers adhere to all building and safety procedures. Council president Mohamed Nor Bador said it was about time the council beef up its enforcement in view of the numerous developments taking place in the township.

 

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