Low-cost homes may have 2 1/2
rooms 06/10/1996 NSUNT
RAWANG, Sat. - Low-cost houses built by the public and private sectors may
soon be required to have a minimum of "two-and-a-half" bedrooms, Deputy Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today. He said the Government felt
the current requirement of two bedrooms was inadequate.
Tanco delivers 1,040 low-cost
homes to owners 07/10/1996 BT
TANCO Group, the developer of Bandar Country Homes near Rawang, Selangor delivered
1,040 low cost homes at the township to their new owners on Saturday. Tanco
chairman Aznan Abdul Aziz said the low-cost homes had been completed within
18 months mainly through assistance from the Government's RM500 million fund
to accelerate the building of low-cost homes. It was initiated by Deputy Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1993.
Sue developers if they break
promise, housebuyers urged 10/10/1996 NST
JOHOR BARU, Wed. - Johor Environment and Consumers Affairs Committee chairman
Dr Chua Soi Lek today urged housebuyers to sue developers who failed to deliver
what they had promised. He said developers had to honour whatever they advertised
when promoting the sales of residential or commercial properties.
Making it easier for low-cost
housebuyers 10/10/1996 NST
RAWANG, Wed. - A Bumiputera housing developer has introduced a one-stop centre
to process low-cost housing applications to overcome irregularities like bribery.
MKN Holdings Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar said
today a manual on the operations of the centre was being prepared in co-operation
with the Selangor Anti-Corruption Agency.
Fined for failing to submit
EIA report 11/10/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Thurs. - A Kuala Lumpur-based developer was fined RM3,500 by the
Sessions Court today for failing to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment
report on the construction of Salang Bay resort on Tioman Island. Judge Ahmad
Nasfy Yassin ordered Mohd Sarji Omar who appeared in court on behalf of the
developer, Tadmansori Hotel Resort Sdn Bhd, to pay the fine.
Rain blamed for landslide
THIS landslide occurred after heavy rain at the northern access of Jalan Tropicana
Utara leaing to the Tropicana Golf and Country Resort, Damansara, recently.
It caused part of the road to cave in at a sharp bend near the Riana Condominium
project last Sunday.
Floods brought on by development
RESIDENTS of Taman Sentul Jaya in Juru, Seberang Prai Tengah, are upset that
the development in a neighbouring lot has resulted in flooding of the main
road leading to their area. The flooding has worsened in the past five months
following the development of Taman Duku about 18 months ago.
Tremor that hit nation originated
off Sumatra 12/10/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The tremor that jolted the western part of Peninsular
Malaysia and sent residents of several high-rise buildings fleeing late last
night was centred in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra, about 1,500km
from Jakarta. Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics Office reported the
tremor measured 6.0 on the Richter scale at its epicentre.
Slight cracks, but hostel is
safe 12/10/1996 MM
THE tremor felt in several places in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Perak
last Thursday night was caused by an earthquake in north-west Sumatra. Meteorological
Services Department's Seismology Division director, Lim Taw Kim, said the
six-minute tremor, which started at 11.22pm, measured 6.0 on the Richter scale.
90 kecewa rumah
tak siap 12/10/1996 HM By Jamaludin Husin
MUAR: Kira-kira 90 pembeli rumah kos rendah di projek perumahan Koperasi Kakitangan
Kerajaan Daerah Muar Berhad, Jalan Sungai Abong di sini, kecewa apabila projek
yang mula dilaksanakan sejak lebih lima tahun lalu, sehingga kini belum dapat
disiapkan. Projek yang diperuntukkan kepada ahli berpendapatan rendah itu
membabitkan perbelanjaan kira-kira RM3 juta dan dibina pada awal 1991.
Developer told to stop work
KOTA KINABALU, Sat. - Work at the Wisma Sedco-Wawasan Plaza construction site
here has been suspended pending the completion of an investigation into the
collapsed floor that killed two workers yesterday. Filipinos Nasir Aladdin,
32, and his younger brother Mohamad Yusuf were buried alive under piles of
concrete, timber and iron bars when the scaffolding at Level Three of the
proposed 12-storey building collapsed at 2.20pm.
Two Johor Baru builders given
show-cause letters 13/10/1996 NSUNT
JOHOR BARU, Sat. - Two Johor Baru developers have been asked to respond to
allegations that, among other offences, they had exceeded the 10 per cent
allocation of houses to foreign buyers. They were recently ordered by the
Housing and Local Government Ministry's enforcement division to present their
Props `failed to support' concrete
floor 14/10/1996 NST
KOTA KINABALU, Sun. - Unstable wooden support props are believed to have caused
the collapse of the semi-hard concrete floor at Level Three of the Wisma Sedco-Wawasan
Plaza on Friday, killing two workers. Initial investigation by building experts
of the Sabah Economic Development Corporation revealed that the props were
unable to bear the weight of the concrete.
Stop-work order issued
THE developer which was doing clearing work at a forest reserve in Bukit Sungai
Putih in Cheras has been issued a stop-work order. Hulu Langat District Council
public relations officer Arfah Mahani Amran said the council issued the order
Remedial work order issued
to developer 15/10/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Mon. - The Cameron Highlands district office has ordered Vistana
Villa Sdn Bhd, a Penang-based developer, to carry out remedial measures at
a slope at Km52.75 Jalan Tapah-Tanah Rata following a landslide last week.
The landslide occurred at 8pm last Wednesday. Following the incident, part
of the road was closed to traffic.
Directive paying dividends
HAVING closely followed the Certificate of Fitness issue this past year lamenting
the local authorities' long delays in handing over that vital building document,
we were pleasantly surprised by the report this week that the Kuantan Municipal
Council has done it in a day. That is indeed a record and syabas is a fitting
accolade. The council's swiftness in processing the application without compromising
quality and safety standards makes it a shining example for all local authorities.
Relating the event, council vice-president Mohamad Saib said the company concerned,
operating at the Gebeng industrial estate, was able to forward the necessary
documents, including safety procedures it would adopt, a day before the technical
committee met. Satisfied with the compliances, approval was promptly given.
This, said Mohamad, goes to show that the council has no problem in issuing
CFs, even in a day, if applicants can furnish all the required documents.
The effort is in line with the council's aim of achieving the international
ISO 9000 standard by year- end. The council's pledge to continue working closely
with developers and private companies to help expedite the issuance of the
CFs certainly lives up to the spirit of Malaysia Incorporated.
DOs told to report on illegal
land-clearing 17/10/1996 NST
KUANTAN, Wed. - The four district officers in Bentong, Raub, Cameron Highlands
and Lipis have been directed to submit reports on illegal clearing of land
and landslide-prone areas in their respective districts to enable the State
Government to act on the matter. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Khalil Yaakob
said the State Government was concerned about reports of soil erosion, landslides
and floods in the districts.
Book on do's and don'ts for
housing developers 17/10/1996 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry is expected to publish a guidebook
on the do's and don'ts of housing developers in the country, its Minister
Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. Dr Ting said the ministry has already
drawn up the proposed guidelines which set out the necessary steps to be followed
or avoided by a housing developer planning to take on a housing project.
Council: Projects are on schedule
By Rosma Omar
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council is satisfied with the progress of its
six privatised projects and expect them to be completed on schedule. Council
president Mohamed Nor Bador said work on the condominiums, apartments and
shop houses and office blocks is going on smoothly.
Ting: Beware of unscrupulous
developers 22/10/1996 NST
IPOH, Mon. - Housebuyers have been warned to be more wary when purchasing
houses as there are unscrupulous developers who are out to deceive them for
quick gains. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh
said today the number of errant developers who did not comply with the Housing
Developers' Act 1996 had been increasing steadily in the last three years
despite stringent enforcement.
Prevention is better, cheaper,
says official 23/10/1996 NST
IPOH, Tues. - There should be proper planning before a project is implemented
to ensure minimum impact on the environment, Perak Department of Environment
deputy director Shaari Che Lah said today. Without proper planning the project
can cause a lot of problems which may take years to rectify.
2 projek terbiar
dijamin siap 23/10/1996 BH By Hassan Omar
ALOR STAR, Selasa - Kerajaan Kedah akan memastikan dua projek perumahan kos
rendah, masing-masing di bandar ini dan Kuala Muda yang terbengkalai sejak
10 tahun disiapkan pemajunya. Bagi tujuan itu kerajaan mewujudkan kerjasama
dengan pemaju, Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan (HDA) Malaysia cawangan Kedah, bank
pembiaya dan pembeli.
Exco janji rumah
siap 23/10/1996 HM By Hassan Omar
ALOR STAR: Dua projek perumahan kos rendah di bandar ini dan Sungai Petani
yang terbengkalai sejak 10 tahun lalu akan dipastikan siap melalui kawal selia
kerajaan negeri. Kawal selia itu bakal dilaksanakan melalui kerjasama antara
Kerajaan negeri dengan syarikat pemaju, Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan (HDA) Malaysia
Cawangan Kedah, bank pembiaya, Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) dan pembeli.
Soil tests to be carried out
on hillock 24/10/1996 NST
PENANG, Wed. - A geological study, including soil tests, will be conducted
on a hillock from which tonnes of earth, rocks and trees were washed into
13 homes at the Hye Keat Estate in Air Itam on Monday evening. Bukit Bendera
MP Chia Kwang Chye said today the studies would be conducted soon to determine
the stability of the hillock.
Council warns errant developer
THE Seremban Municipal Council may order the developer of a housing project
close to the army camp in Jalan Rasah to stop work if it does not adhere to
the regulations. This follows complaints by residents in the area who are
irked by the inconvenience caused by the developer.
Developers still accountable
THERE is no liability limit period for structural failures in houses, Housing
and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. He said
developers were "professionally responsible" for structural problems faced
by owners even after the guarantee period. The 18-month guarantee period was
only for minor defects like poor paintwork and did not apply to structural
failures such as the sinking of houses, he said after visiting five wet markets
and hawkers centres in Ipoh. - Bernama
Stopwork order warning
CITY Hall may issue a stopwork order to Lensa Development Sdn Bhd if work
on the five-storey office-cum-apartment block in Jalan Kasah in Medan Damansara
endangers the safety of residents. Datuk Bandar Tan Sri Kamaruzzaman Sharif
said the order would only be issued if damage to the houses in the vicinity
worsened and more cracks appeared.
Visiting affected residents
CITY Hall Planning and Building Control director Mokhtar Long will visit houses
affected by the five-storey project in Medan Damansara tomorrow. His inspection
team will include City Hall technical experts who will be accompanied by project
developer Lensa Development's consultant.
Ministry to ensure builders
won't increase price of houses 29/10/1996 NST
KAMPAR, Mon. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will monitor the
housing industry closely to ensure that developers will not increase the price
of houses following the Government's move to impose import duty on heavy machinery.
Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the import duty of between five and 20
per cent on heavy machinery such as bulldozers, excavators and pile- drivers
should not affect the price of houses.
Suggestions on the National
Housing Company's role 30/10/1996 NST
THE proposed National Housing Company to be established with a RM1 billion
initial capital from the Government, as announced in the 1997 Budget, is certainly
sweet music for Malaysians seeking to buy affordable and quality low and medium-cost
houses. I hope the Finance and Housing and Local Government Ministries will
seriously consider these suggestions:
Local councils told: Issue
CFs quickly 30/10/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib
today directed all local authorities to expedite the issuance of certificate
of fitness for low-cost homes. He also criticised local authorities for the
delay in handing over low- cost houses to buyers as was pointed out by the
Auditor-General in his report on Selangor recently.
ke mahkamah 30/10/1996 HM
CHERAS: Penduduk Taman Sri Raya di sini, tetap akan mengheret pemaju taman
itu ke mahkamah walapun pemaju
menawarkan pengurangan 40 peratus harga rumah itu. Pengerusi persatuan penduduk
taman itu, Omar Ismail, berkata keputusan itu dibuat Ahad lalu selepas mengambil
kira pandangan penduduk dan sepakat untuk meneruskan tindakan itu.
Two-week deadline to settle
problems 31/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
THE Medan Damansara Action Committee is giving City Hall two weeks to settle
the structural problems at the Jalan Kasah homes. Committee secretary Francis
Sieh said they would wait for City Hall to conduct the structural inspection
before deciding on the next course of action.
Structural check on Jln Kasah
homes 31/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
CITY Hall will conduct a structural inspection of cracks and other problems
at houses along Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara on Saturday in the wake of complaints
they were caused by work on an adjacent five-storey office-cum-apartment block
project. Its Planning and Building Control Department director Mokhtar Long
said the results of the inspection would be submitted to Datuk Bandar Tan
Sri Kamaruzzaman Sharif.
Limit to work hours at site
LENSA Development Sdn Bhd is only allowed to carry out work on the office-
cum-apartment block project between 8am and 6pm daily. City Hall Planning
and Building Control Department director Mokhtar Long said work would not
be carried out on Sundays.
SHAH ALAM, Wed. - An occasion to mark the signing of a memorandum of understanding
to develop a 280ha land at Felcra Bukit Changgang, Kuala Langat at the State
Secretariat Building today became tensed when Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad
Muhammad Taib, invited to witness it, disclaimed any knowledge about the project.
"I don`t want to have anything to do with this because as far as the State
Government is concerned, it has not been approved by the relevant authorities,"
he said before the signing of the MoU.
(Bukit Rimau residents in ...
) 31/10/1996 MM
BUKIT RIMAU residents in Shah Alam can look forward to enjoying peace of mind
and security now that the developer has come up with a comprehensive security
protection and surveillance system. It will be introducing the latest state-of-the-art
home automation and security system to deter intruders.