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No more temporary CFs from the Seberang Prai council 01/02/1996 NST
PRAI, Wed. - The Seberang Prai Municipal Council has stopped issuing temporary certificates of fitness with immediate effect after it was found many developers had not fulfilled their commitments. Council president Azhar Ibrahim said the move was inevitable since many developers had failed to complete certain building work such as drain and culvert construction despite being given six months to do so.

MPSP beku CF sementara  01/02/1996 BH
BUTTERWORTH, Rabu - Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai (MPSP) memutuskan membekukan pengeluaran Sijil Menduduki (CF) sementara kerana kebanyakan pemaju gagal memenuhi syarat ditetapkan. Yang Dipertuanya Azhar Ibrahim, berkata sijil itu dikeluarkan hanya bagi membolehkan sesuatu bangunan diduduki untuk tempoh enam bulan saja sementara memberi peluang kepada pemaju memohon CF tetap.

Ministry to probe into complaints against IWK01/02/1996  NST  By Ashraf Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Cabinet, concerned with the numerous public complaints against Indah Water Konsortium, has ordered the Housing and Local Government Ministry to investigate the matter and submit a report. Its Minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said the report would be submitted to the Cabinet next week or the week after, at the latest. It will contain the various public complaints and ways to overcome them.

Rumah, kilang untuk Bumiputera masih kosong 01/02/1996 BH
KEPALA BATAS, Rabu - Sebanyak 335 unit rumah kediaman, 16 kilang dan 91 unit rumah kedai diperuntukkan kepada Bumiputera di seluruh negeri ini, belum ada pembeli. Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Mohd Shariff Omar, berkata rumah berkenaan yang dibina agensi kerajaan dan swasta di lima daerah masih kosong kerana Bumiputera kurang berminat membelinya.

Low-cost units for RM750 families 01/02/1996 MM By Alina Simon
FAMILIES earning less than RM750 may be considered for low-cost units built by City Hall under the Government's housing programme for the hard- core poor. However, priority for the rented units will still be given to those with a combined family income of RM500 and less.

20 blok flet tanpa CF 01/02/1996 HM By Al-Abror Mohd Yusuf; Masry Che Ani
BUTTERWORTH: Dua blok rumah pangsa di Taman Pelangi, Prai, yang baru disiapkan dipercayai diduduki tanpa mendapat kelulusan daripada penguasa tempatan. Dua blok itu adalah sebahagian daripada lebih 20 blok yang sudah dimajukan oleh Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) tetapi semuanya belum mendapat Sijil Kelayakan Menduduki (CF) yang sepatutnya dikeluarkan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai (MPSP).

Housing allowance for all employees 01/02/1996 NST By Rashid Yusof
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Government today announced a new pay package for its employees which extended the monthly housing allowance to everyone and gave the biggest percentage increase to the 262,351 workers in the lowest income group. The housing allowance benefits 655,774 employees who are not enjoying it now. They include clerks, typists, non-graduate teachers and labourers who will get RM85 a month and graduate teachers and administrative officers who will receive RM95 a month.

IWK needs to convince public: Ting BT 02/02/1996
THE Government has directed Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) to convince the public over its services, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said. He noted that IWK has engaged in a lot of public discussions to counter numerous complaints levelled against it.

Difficult to act against these owners 03/02/1996 MM
THE Selangor Government has identified low-cost house owners renting out their units to others and those owning more than one unit. It is, however, difficult to act against these offenders as some have valid reasons for doing so while others took advantage of the lack of by- laws to check on low-cost house sales.

Pemaju diarah bayar sewa 03/02/1996 BH By Ahmad Fauzi Mustafa
JOHOR BAHRU, Jumaat - Kerajaan Negeri mengarahkan pemaju kondominium di Bukit Saujana supaya membayar sewa segera terhadap 205 kakitangan kerajaan yang terbabit dengan pemindahan sementara di situ sehingga projek itu siap dan boleh diduduki. Menteri Besar, Abdul Ghani Othman, berkata pemaju terbabit perlu bertanggungjawab atas segala urusan berhubung masalah kelewatan dan segala kos sewa penghuni kuaters kerajaan yang perlu ditanggung.

Ipoh housing project sold to firm  03/02/1996 NST
IPOH, Fri. - The Ipoh City Council has decided to sell the second phase of its Taman Perpaduan low-cost housing project in Ulu Kinta costing RM3.15 million to a local company. The sale and purchase agreement was signed today between Datuk Bandar Ahmad Saleh Sarif and managing director of Grandbase Resources Sdn Bhd Alex Chuah at the council's office.

Move to force advertisers prove claims welcomed 03/02/1996  NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Advertising agencies, the media and consumer associations today hailed the Government's decision to act against advertisers who make exaggerated claims by hauling them up to prove the efficacy of their products. They said the move was long overdue while a new set of specific regulations was necessary to govern the conduct of advertisers, especially advertisers of television commercials, as the existing Trade Descriptions Act was inadequate, given the emergence of new advertising gimmicks and channels.

Views on transmitters in housing areas sought 05/02/1996 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will seek the views of the Health and Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Ministries on the status of cellular telecommunication transmitters in residential areas. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said their views are necessary because the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts issued the licences, while the Health Ministry could determine the effect of such transmitters on public health.

Housing developer ordered to build road to village 05/02/1996  NST
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Sun. - A housing developer has been directed to cease land clearing work until it has provided an
alternative road for about 100 villagers affected by a proposed mixed development near Kampung Machang Bubok. State Assemblyman for Machang Bubuk Dr Toh Kin Woon said the developer, Fasarda Sdn Bhd, should not have closed Jalan Kebun, the only access road for the villagers including six poultry farmers when it carried out the land clearing work recently.

Projek perlu penelitian rapi 05/02/1996 BH
PEMAJU boleh membina bangunan di kawasan batu kapur selepas siasatan tanah atau tapak topografi lebih terperinci dilakukan, selain mengambil kira aspek pengukuhan tapak dan kerja kejuruteraan. Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Penyiasatan Kajibumi, Fateh Chand, berkata mereka juga perlu menjalankan kerja menggerudi dasar tapak untuk mengenal pasti kekukuhan strukturnya bagi tujuan pembinaan, terutama memastikan tiada rekahan atau lubang pada dasar.

People should pay for sewerage services, says PM  06/02/1996 BT
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday consumers should pay for the sewerage services provided by Indah Water Konsortium (IWK). He said consumers, especially those who could afford it, must bear the charges because the Government could no longer provide subsidies as it did when the services were run by the local authorities.

Lack of officers to supervise IWK: Ting  07/02/1996 BT
THE Sewerage Services Department is unable to supervise the work carried out by Indah Water Konsortium Bhd (IWK) due to a shortage of enforcement officers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, who admitted this yesterday, said his ministry will try to overcome the shortage to facilitate proper monitoring of IWK's work including the upgrading of oxidation ponds throughout the country.

Ting unhappy housing target not met NST 07/02/1996  By Kamarulzaman Salleh
KUALA PILAH, Tues. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is investigating the failure of the public sector, including State Governments, in meeting the low-cost housing target set under the Sixth Malaysia Plan. Its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday the Government was unhappy with their performance in providing 60 per cent of the 573,000 units targeted under the plan.

Maklumat bernilai RM30,000  08/02/1996 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Polis semalam menawarkan hadiah wang tunai sehingga RM30,000 kepada sesiapa yang dapat memberi maklumat sehingga tertangkapnya seorang peguam Goh Soot Hwang @ Goo Pilet yang disyaki terbabit dalam kes pecah amanah membabitkan wang berjumlah lebih RM350,000. Goh yang bernombor kad pengenalan 1776230 dan kali terakhir tinggal di Nombor 2, Quay Side, Melaka dikehendaki polis kerana disyaki terbabit dalam tujuh kes melesapkan wang pembeli rumah.

Penghuni flet tetap terbela  08/02/1996  HM By Norazmi Abdul Talib
MELAKA: Kerajaan Negeri memberi jaminan tidak akan membiar saja penghuni di bandar yang flet mereka diami dirobohkan bagi membina rumah pangsa baru yang tinggi serta mengandungi lebih banyak unit rumah kos rendah. Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Abd Ghani, berkata kerajaan negeri akan menyediakan tempat tinggal sementara sebelum menempatkan mereka di rumah pangsa baru yang siap dibina.

MPPJ secures housing land 10/02/1996 MM
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council has identified a 3.2ha land in Petaling Jaya Selatan to be developed for low-cost housing scheme. MPPJ president Mohd Nor Bador said the council submitted an application to the Selangor Government to secure the land located near Taman Medan.

Shorter wait for tenants of low-cost units  10/02/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Fri. - The State Housing and Environment Committee has agreed to sell low-cost houses to tenants after three years provided they are prompt in rental payment. At present, they have to wait for 10 years before they can buy the units.

Have pro-active highlands policy 13/02/1996 NST-LTIMES
WHEN a country develops rapidly, there seems to be a fine line between what are natural and man-made happenings. For instance, if a hill is cleared (a man-made activity), it is obvious that there will be soil loss (a natural occurrence) due to the disturbances to the vegetation. Thus, it should not surprise Malaysians when the Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu - himself an architect - revealed last Thursday that the Genting Highlands landslides on June 30 last year, which killed 20 people, were due to "natural causes." There is no doubt that soil movement happens naturally. But the question is, what prompted the soil to erode?

Abandoned project to be revived soon, says Perlis MB  13/02/1996 NST
KANGAR, Mon. - The temporarily abandoned Kampung Bakau redevelopment project would be revived soon, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said today. He said the RM150 million project would be completed within three years.

300,000 tiada rumah 13/02/1996  HM By Abdul Hanim Abdul Malek
KUALA LUMPUR: Hampir 300,000 keluarga yang berpendapatan rendah di sekitar bandar raya yang masih belum memiliki rumah sendiri. Mereka yang terbabit dikatakan gagal membeli rumah sendiri kerana sebilangan besar projek perumahan bandar raya mengutamakan pembinaan kondominium atau aparment mewah.

10,000 houses in Ampang without CFs 15/02/1996 MM
ABOUT 10,000 houses in the Ampang Jaya Parliamentary constituency are still without certificates of fitness (CFs) and the number is fast growing. MP for Ampang Jaya Ong Tee Keat said the increase is due to rapid development.

Low-cost house tenants RM5.5m behind in rent  20/02/1996 BT
THE Pahang Government has yet to collect about RM5.5 million in monthly rents from its low-cost housing schemes due to the lackadaisical attitude of the tenants, State Executive Councillor Datuk Bahari Tan Sri Yahaya said in Kuantan. He said some of the tenants were 11 years behind in paying their rents which had accumulated to about RM6,800.

Pemaju salah guna CF dikesan21/02/1996 BH  By Roslan Ibrahim
LUMUT, Selasa - Kerajaan negeri mengesan kegiatan sesetengah pemaju perumahan menyalahgunakan Sijil Kelayakan Menduduki (CF) sementara untuk kepentingan diri sendiri dan mengelak menyiapkan kemudahan asas kepada penduduk. Ketika memohon CF sementara, mereka memberi pelbagai alasan kepada majlis berkuasa tempatan tetapi selepas memperolehinya, pemaju terbabit meninggalkan kerja yang terbengkalai.

Developer ticked off for improper drainage system 22/02/1996 MM
A HOUSING developer has been ticked off for designing an improper drainage system for Taman Angsa Emas near Mambau which has delayed the issuance of a Certificate of Fitness (CF). Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad said the developer has been instructed to rectify the alignment so that the CF can be issued for the 600 unit of houses.

Pemaju janji baiki kerosakan  26/02/1996 HM
PEMAJU rumah teres kos rendah Seksyen 24, Shah Alam berjanji akan membaiki kerosakan kira-kira 36 daripada 294 unit rumah milik Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) yang diduduki pembeli sebaik saja mendapat aduan. Jurucakap pemaju berkata, pihaknya menyedari masalah itu dan sudah menyediakan pekerja bagi membaiki kerosakan itu.

Rumah teres retak 26/02/1996 HM By Saari Sanif
SHAH ALAM: lebih 100 penghuni rumah teres setigkat milik Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) dl Jalan Sawi dan Cili di sini mendakwa keselamatan mereka terancam berikutan rumah yang didiami mengalami kerosakan . Sebahagian daripada kira-kira 30 unit rumah di jalan terbabit yang di duduki sejak enam tahun lalu, retak terutama di bahagian dinding, siling dan ruang tamu.

Registry to monitor sale of low-cost houses soon 27/02/1996 NST By Khairun Nazirah
GOPENG, Mon. - A centralised housing registry is being set up in the Housing and Local Government Ministry to monitor the sale of low-cost houses in the respective States. Its Minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said the registry which will be on-line with the States, would help to ensure that only those who are eligible were allowed to buy them.

Incorporate EIA aspects before land is alienated 27/02/1996 NST-LTIMES
SELANGOR and Johor have much in common. Both are being developed at breakneck speed. In both States, land is being cleared every day to make way for housing estates, factories, new townships, roads, etc. In both States, however, there appears to be a difference in attitudes held by State leaders on environmental problems.

Developer fined RM6,000  28/02/1996 BT
A HOUSING developer was fined RM6,000 by the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday for discharging toxic wastes exceeding the permitted level. Coneff Corp Sdn Bhd, represented by its general manager Tu Yin Fee, pleaded guilty to committing the offence at its waste treatment pond in Desa Tasek, Sungai Besi at 11.25am on December 26 1995. The court was told that officers from the Department of Environment (DOE) took samples of the wastes for analysis in which were found to have exceeded the level permitted by the DOE. In mitigation, defence counsel M.P.Raja said that floods had affected the pond. - Bernama

DOE checks land clearing at housing scheme 28/02/1996 BT By Kamarul Yunus
THE Selangor Department of Environment (DoE) has collected water samples from the foothills of Bukit Perdana housing scheme in Ampang following complaints that the developer had conducted massive tree and land clearing activities. A team of DOE officials led by Habshah Ismail conducted a two-hour spot checks at the site and collected the water samples near the silt traps commissioned at the foothills of the project site yesterday.

Hak pembeli rumah dibela 28/02/1996 BH
GEORGETOWN, Selasa - Kerajaan negeri tetap mempertahankan hak pembeli dan tidak akan bertolak ansur dengan kerenah pemaju yang enggan mematuhi kuota untuk membina 30 peratus rumah kos rendah. Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, berkata ketegasan itu bagi memastikan nasib pembeli terutama yang berpendapatan rendah terjamin dan tidak `terperangkap' dengan sikap pemaju yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

Penang defends move on CF 28/02/1996 BT
THE Penang Government yesterday defended its move to withhold the certificate of fitness (CF) to a housing project
comprising 274 medium- cost apartments in Relau. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the decision was taken by the Penang Municipal Council in the interest of consumers after the developer failed to construct low-cost units in its first project. He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the oath- taking of the new PPMC president Dr Teng Hock Nan in Penang. However, Dr Koh said the State Government is willing to discuss the matter with the Housing and Local Government Ministry to find an amicable solution. - Bernama

Concern over rental of low-cost homes 28/02/1996 NST
KANGAR, Tues. - About a quarter of the 4,000 low-cost houses in the State have been rented out by the owners, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said today. He said the Government viewed the matter seriously as the houses were meant for the owners to occupy.

CM: State withholds CF to protect buyers  28/02/1996 NST
PENANG, Tues. - Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today the State Government sometimes withholds the
issuance of certificates of fitness to protect low-cost house-buyers from irresponsible developers. "The State Government is very concerned about the fact that some developers have not fulfilled the 30 per cent low-cost units quota in their housing schemes."

Buang sisa: Pemaju didenda RM10,000  28/02/1996 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Mahkamah Tengah di sini hari ini mengenakan denda berjumlah RM10,000 terhadap sebuah syarikat pemaju perumahan selepas mengaku salah terhadap kesalahan mengikut Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling. Hakim Hapipah Monel mengenakan hukuman denda itu terhadap Syarikat Coneff Corporation Sdn Bhd beralamat di Desa Tasik, Sungai Besi, selepas didapati melepaskan sisa buangan tanpa sebarang lesen daripada Jabatan Alam Sekitar.

Builder guilty of discharging untreated effluents  28/02/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - A housing developer was today fined RM6,000 by a Sessions Court for discharging effluents from its sewage treatment plants without a licence. Coneff Corporation Sdn Bhd managing director Tu Yin Fee, who appeared on behalf of his company, pleaded guilty to committing the offence at Lot 34386, Desa Tasik, Sungai Besi, about 11.25am on Dec 26, last year.

`CFs held back to protect buyers'  28/02/1996 NST
PENANG, Tues. - Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today the State Government sometimes withholds the
issuance of certificates of fitness to protect low-cost house-buyers from irresponsible developers. "The State Government is very concerned about the fact that some developers have not fulfilled the 30 per cent low-cost units quota in their housing schemes."

Pemaju didakwa ingkar 28/02/1996 HM By Norainon Othman
JOHOR BAHRU: Seorang penduduk Kampung Kangkar Kecil, Tebrau, dekat sini mendakwa pemaju perumahan menceroboh tanahnya berhampiran projek perumahan itu untuk membuang lebihan tanah daripada projek berkenaan. Tumilah Tabit, 31, berkata sebelum ini keluarganya pernah bersetuju membenarkan pemaju berkenaan untuk menggunakan tanah mereka bagi meletakkan lebihan tanah hasil pelaksanaan projek berkenaan.

Errant housebuyers may face legal action 29/02/1996 BT By Nor Asmah Mokhtar
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will consider the suggestion made by Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) to take court action against irresponsible low-cost house buyers for providing false information during registration. Its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said he will look into the possibility of charging low-cost house buyers in court, and if found guilty their houses will be confiscated.

Malacca seeks way to repossess low-cost houses in cases of fraud 29/02/1996 NST
MALACCA, Wed. - The State Government is reviewing the Sale and Purchase Agreement for low-cost and public housing with a view to including a clause that would enable it to repossess them. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani said the State Government could not at present do much after the agreement had been signed although the buyers were found to have falsified documents to own such homes

Malacca seeks way to repossess low-cost houses in cases of fraud 29/02/1996 NST
MALACCA, Wed. - The State Government is reviewing the Sale and Purchase Agreement for low-cost and public housing with a view to including a clause that would enable it to repossess them. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani said the State Government could not at present do much after the agreement had been signed although the buyers were found to have falsified documents to own such homes.

Rampas rumah jika maklumat palsu  29/02/1996  BH y Rizal Hashim
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Kerajaan akan meneliti aspek perundangan bagi membolehkannya mengambil tindakan mahkamah dan merampas premis pembeli rumah kos rendah yang didapati memberi maklumat palsu ketika membuat permohonan. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata pihaknya akan membuat kajian, khususnya dari aspek perundangan, sebelum melaksanakan tindakan itu untuk memastikan pengagihan rumah kos rendah dinikmati oleh kumpulan sasar.

 

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