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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1996)
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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 11/10/1996 MM
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 12/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
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 13/10/1996 NSUNT
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 respective cases.

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 14/10/1996 MM
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 last month.

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 17/10/1996 NST
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 18/10/1996 MM 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  25/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
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 25/10/1996 BT
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 28/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
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 29/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
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.

Heret pemaju 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 31/10/1996 NST-LTIMES
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.

Muhammad's disclaimer 31/10/1996 NST
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.

 

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