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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1996)
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`Apply for strata titles after CF' 03/05/1996 NST-LTIMES
DEPUTY Land and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Goh Cheng Teik has reminded developers to apply for strata titles after being issued a Certificate of Fitness and final titles. He said there were a number of flats in the Segambut area which have been without strata titles since the 1960s.

Move to resolve strata titles issue 03/05/1996 MM
THE long wait for strata titles for flats owners in Segambut will be over soon. This assurance came from Deputy Land and Co-operative Development Minister Dr Goh Cheng Teik Goh who told 20 owners yesterday that he would arrange a meeting between them and the developers on May 30 to resolve the matter.

Getting tough against delay in applying for strata titles 05/05/1996 NSUNT
KUANTAN, Sat. - The Land and Co-operative Development Ministry will act against developers who fail to apply for strata titles within six months of completing their projects. The ministry's parliamentary secretary Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said the action could be taken under section 8 of the Strata Titles Act 1985.

Strata titles: Errant builders face action 05/05/1996 NSUNT
KUANTAN, Sat. - The Land and Co-operative Development Ministry will act against developers who fail to apply for strata titles within six months of completing their projects. The ministry's parliamentary secretary Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said the action could be taken under section 8 of the Strata Titles Act 1985.

Mastermind of gang among seven arrested 05/05/1996 NSUNT By Rene Leow
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Police crippled a syndicate believed to have cheated businessmen of about RM1.2 million through fraudulent land and business deals with the arrest of seven suspects two days ago. Among those arrested included the syndicate's 48-year-old mastermind.

No compromise on sewerage facilities 06/05/1996 NST
KUALA TERENGGANU, Sun. - The Government will not compromise on the standard of sewerage facilities in every housing project, especially low- cost housing schemes. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said there should not be double standards where mixed housing projects were provided with good sewerage facilities while low-cost housing areas were denied or received sub-standard facilities.

Council to meet developer 08/05/1996 MM
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council will meet with the Taman Bukit Teratai developer soon to resolve its erosion problem. Council public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said the meeting is to discuss actions that can be taken by the developer to repair an eroding monsoon drain.

Five more men held over fake land deals 08/05/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Police have arrested five men, believed to belong to a gang which had cheated 21 businessmen of more than RM1.7 million in fraudulent land deals. All five were picked up in Seremban and Ipoh two days ago.

Houses will be in tip-top condition 10/05/1996 MM
THE Selangor State Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) has assured buyers of its housing scheme in Pusat Bandar Sungai Buluh that their homes would be in `tip-top' condition at the time of delivery. PKNS is now awaiting the issuance of the Certificates of Fitness (CF) for the houses and upon receiving them from the Petaling District Council would hand over the keys to the house-buyers.

Developer refuses to pay RM4m levy 12/05/1996 NSUNT
JOHOR BARU, Sat. - A housing developer in Kulai has denied responsibility for delays in transferring title deeds to 35 foreign house buyers and has refused to pay RM4 million in property levies on their behalf. Mestijaya Holdings Sdn Bhd said local authorities should be blamed for not giving Mestijaya enough time to carry out the transfer.

Giving potential house buyers the upper hand 12/05/1996 NSUNT
THE Government finally appears to have endorsed the concept of build first and then sell houses in the Seventh Malaysia Plan, tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by the Prime Minister last Monday. The statement is epochal. Its effects, if implemented, would be far- reaching.

Osu: 1,001 strata titles approved since March 17/05/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Since March, more than 50 per cent of 1,846 strata title applications have been approved by Land Departments nationwide, said Land and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Osu Sukam. He said of the strata title applications received, 1,001 had been approved while 612 were being processed.

18 months for buyers to report house defects 17/05/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Housebuyers will have a longer period to report defects in their new houses from September this year when the Government extends the Defects Liability Period from the present 12 months to 18 months. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said all sales and purchase agreements issued after September have to stipulate that developers were responsible for repairs of defects which were reported within 18 months of vacant possession.

Fomca wants longer defect liability period for houses 18/05/1996 NST
TAIPING, Fri. - The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association today called for a longer defect liability period for new houses instead of the 18 months agreed upon recently. Its president, Hamdan Adnan, told reporters today that the period should be increased to at least 24 months as buying a new house is at most times a life-long investment.

Campaign against new house defects launched 19/05/1996 NSUNT
KAJANG, Sat. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry today launched its Zero Defect Campaign to check against increasing complaints about new houses. "On average, we receive about 500 complaints on defects in new schemes and we cannot tolerate this," Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said after launching the Villaraya Industrial Park project in Semenyih about 16km from here.

CM: No levy on foreign buyers 22/05/1996 NST
KUCHING, Tues. - Sarawak will not impose the RM100,000 levy on foreign house buyers introduced in the 1996 federal budget, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said. Taib said the imposition of the levy could hamper the State's development, especially in the housing and industrial sectors.

Selangor breaks its promise
28/05/1996 NST-LTIMES
THE Selangor Government has pledged that it would keep at least 30 per cent of its land area under forest cover but a check with the Forestry Department shows otherwise. As of June 1995, there were 237,446 hectares of forest reserves in the State. This represents just 29 per cent of the total land area. And as more forest reserves are revoked and given to other land uses - the latest casualties being the forests at Ayer Hitam and Sungai Buloh - how can the State maintain its 30 per cent target?

RM27m abandoned housing project in Perlis to be revived  30/05/1996 NST
KANGAR, Wed. - The RM27 million Taman Haz Melati at Beseri abandoned 19 years ago is to be revived soon, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said. The new developer selected to rehabilitate the project would initially complete the commercial properties, he added

Ipoh council seeks to recover money 30/05/1996 NST
IPOH, Wed. - The City Council is taking steps to recover the money owed by a local company which was entrusted to develop an industrial site at Pengkalan near here. Datuk Bandar Datuk Ahmad Saleh Sarif said today a meeting with the company's representatives would be held next week to recover any balance from the joint venture project.

 

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