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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1996)
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Latest cave-in to hit Panchor village causes gaping hole 01/09/1996 NSUNT
MUAR, Sat. - Beleaguered Panchor village, which experienced a series of massive cave-ins recently, was hit by another cave-in last night which caused 10,000 tonnes of boulders to vanish into the nearby Muar River. The cave-in, described as the worst faced by the village, caused a nearby row of ll pre-war wooden and zinc shophouses to tremble, sending its 64 occupants into a state of frenzy and panic.

Tunggakan cukai pintu RM13.2 juta 02/09/1996 BH
SEREMBAN, Ahad - Majlis Perbandaran Seremban (MPS) mengalami tunggakan cukai pintu sebanyak RM13.2 juta sehingga penghujung bulan lalu, kata Yang Dipertuanya, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. Beliau berkata, daripada jumlah itu, RM900,000 membabitkan pemilik kawasan industri, RM6.5 juta (dalam bandar), RM9.9 juta (kediaman) dan RM3 juta (projek terbengkalai).

Speed up work on housing project, contractor told  05/09/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Wed. - The contractor building public low-cost houses to accommodate 90 families, whose flats in Taman Seri Tempoyang in Kuala Lipis are threatened by soil erosion, has been told to speed up work. Tasklink (M) Sdn Bhd was supposed to have 80 of the 150 single-storey semi-detached concrete houses ready before the year's end with the remaining houses completed early next year.

Police seek man's help to probe housing fraud 05/09/1996 NST
KUALA TERENGGANU, Wed. - Police are appealing to members of the public to help locate a man to assist them in
investigations into a fraud case. District police chief Assistant Commissioner Nordin Bador said Zakaria Ibrahim, 35, was not at his last known addresses at Taman Cempaka, Tanah Merah, Kelantan and 129, Jalan Athinahapan, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

MB: Decide fast on defective flats 10/09/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Mon. - Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Khalil Yaakob said today the Housing and Local Government Ministry must decide fast whether the 10,000 residents of the defective flats in Bandar Indera Mahkota would be asked to move out. "If the ministry decides they should be re-settled, we have no problem in doing so," he said.

Appeal to revive project or pay back money 11/09/1996 NST-LTIMES
BUYERS of houses in a project which was later abandoned at Taman Rampai, Ampang, want the developer, Syarikat Malba Sdn Bhd, to revive the project or refund their downpayment. The project, which was abandoned nine years ago, was to comprise 240 units of low-cost flats and eight shophouses.

CF: Councils must buck up 15/09/1996 NSUNT
COME Jan 10, it will be exactly a year since the enforcement of the Cabinet ruling that all local authorities must issue the certificate of fitness within 14 days once a building meets all structural and legal requirements. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave weight to the directive when he told State Governments and local authorities in March that they have to issue the CFs within the stipulated time and that any other conditions outside these requirements are irrelevant. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh told local authorities which could not comply with the directive to notify his ministry and talk to his officials about their problems.

Masalah kewangan punca projek terbengkalai 16/09/1996 BH
ALOR STAR, Ahad - Masalah kewangan yang dihadapi oleh pemaju adalah punca utama menyebabkan beberapa projek perumahan di Kedah terbengkalai. Selain itu, lokasi kawasan perumahan yang tidak menarik dan perselisihan faham antara pemaju dan pemilik tanah turut menyebabkan projek perumahan terbengkalai.

Flet Bukit Kerinci siap akhir tahun 16/09/1996 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kontraktor rumah pangsa di Bukit Kerinci di sini memberi jaminan projek yang gagal disiapkan mengikut jadual akan disiapkan akhir tahun ini. Pelbagai masalah dihadapi kontraktor terbabit selama ini sudah diatasi oleh Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), baru-baru ini.

Ministry too slow to act, say folk in `danger' flats 18/09/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Tues. - Residents living in defective flats at Bandar Indera Mahkota are disappointed with the Housing and Local Government Ministry for delaying plans to move them out. They said they could not understand why its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh was taking such "a long time" to deliberate on the matter when the Pahang Government had made it clear that it had alloted enough low-cost houses to re-settle them.

Pahang blamed for delay in moving out flat residents 19/09/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The delay in moving out residents from the defective Bandar Indera Mahkota flats in Kuantan is due to the Pahang Government's failure to inform the Federal Government on its recommendations to solve the problem. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the Government could not do anything to solve the matter unless the State Government reported its stand, and offered written recommendations pertaining to the problem.

Proposed Act to ensure better upkeep of high-rise buildings 20/09/1996 BT
THE proposed Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act will be tabled in Parliament next year, Land and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Osu Sukam said yesterday. "The proposed Act will see the setting up of a Commission of Building which will give more protection to owners of high-rise buildings (above two storeys). It will also ensure better maintenance of such buildings," Osu said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after chairing a two-hour Consultation Panel Annual Dialogue with the Land and Mines Director General's Department and other panel members.

Law for supervision of buildings with strata titles  20/09/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act which provides for building commissioners to supervise buildings requiring strata titles will come into force next year. The Act also provides avenue to resolve problems between developers and flat owners

Developers face stern action over strata titles 21/09/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Government will take stern action against developers of high-rise buildings who have yet to apply for strata titles for purchasers. Land and Co-operative Development Ministry's Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said the ministry was aware that there were thousands of units in high-rise apartments that were occupied but yet to be issued with strata titles.

Perlis azam pulih projek terbengkalai 21/09/1996 BH
KANGAR, Jumaat - Kerajaan Perlis berazam memulihkan semua projek perumahan terbengkalai di antara 10 dan 19 tahun, bernilai berpuluh juta ringgit dalam tempoh terdekat untuk faedah penduduk negeri ini. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Khor Liang Tee, berkata setakat ini lima daripada sembilan projek terbengkalai membabitkan 1,068 unit rumah sedang peringkat pemulihan termasuk satu daripadanya sudah siap dan mulai dijual.

Flat dwellers hit by erosion to move soon 23/09/1996 NST
KUALA LIPIS, Sun. - Residents of two blocks of low-cost four-storey flats affected by soil erosion from a hillslope in Taman Seri Tempoyang, Cheneras, are expected to shift to their new homes early next year. This follows an assurance from Tasklink (M) Sdn Bhd that the new low- cost houses it was building for the State Government in Tempoyang 2, Jalan Padang Tembak would be completed by then.

Ready to resolve problem of flats that were declared unsafe 28/09/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Fri. - The Pahang Government today welcomed the move by the Cabinet to find a solution within a fortnight to the problem of residents living in defective flats in Bandar Indera Mahkota. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Khalil Yaakob said today the Pahang Government was ready if the Cabinet decided that the affected residents, numbering about 10,000, should be relocated.

 

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