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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1996)
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Tiada projek rumah murah terbengkalai 03/11/1996 BM By Ismail Mat
MUAR: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mendapati tiada lagi projek perumahan baru termasuk kos rendah yang terbengkalai serta menimbulkan masalah kepada pembeli di seluruh negara, sejak tujuh tahun lalu. Menterinya, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata keadaan itu berpunca daripada pertumbuhan ekonomi negara yang pesat serta peraturan mewajibkan pemaju membuka akaun pemajuan perumahan bagi setiap projek yang dijalankan sejak tempoh itu.

Developers told not to intimidate residents 11/11/1996 NST-LTIMES
PRIVATE landowners and developers have been told not to use their economic strength to intimidate or silence residents or squatters adversely affected by their projects. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ibrahim Saad said they should instead compromise and settle issues amicably with the affected parties.

Adu kepada kementerian 11/11/1996 BH
BUTTERWORTH: Kerajaan negeri meminta pembeli rumah pangsa Taman Ratna Teluk Air Tawar dekat sini, melaporkan kepada Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan bagi membolehkan tindakan diambil ke atas pemaju yang gagal melaksanakan projek berkenaan. Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Mohd Shariff Omar, berkata kerajaan negeri tidak boleh campur tangan bagi menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi pembeli rumah berkenaan.

82 directors on housing blacklist 11/11/1996  NST By Sarban Singh
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Eighty-two directors of 19 companies, including a State Executive Councillor, have been blacklisted for failing to continue and complete their housing projects, some dating back to the late 1980s. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui said these individuals would not be given any licences should they apply to undertake another development project.

Stiffer penalties for cheats 12/11/1996 NST
IT appears there is no end to cheats among developers. The reason is as simple as it is basic. Current punishment does not commensurate with the crime perpetrated. Abandoned housing projects were a common phenomenon in the mid-1980s. An estimated 240 projects were not completed in those bad times when the economy went into a recession.

Cracks appear on low-cost houses 12/11/1996 MM
SIXTEEN units of low-cost houses in Taman Telok Mas, Malacca, are showing signs of cracks on the walls after the owner of one house extended his kitchen in 1991. The affected residents are baffled as to how this simple extension, which was approved by the Malacca Municipal Council, could cause a whole row of houses to show cracks on the walls.

Abandoned housing projects: Banks urged to co-operate 13/11/1996 NST
KANGAR, Tues. - Banks should be more supportive of the Government's efforts to revive abandoned housing projects, State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Khor Liang Tee said today. He expressed regret over the lack of co-operation from the financial institutions in these efforts.

New guidelines on prevention, control of soil erosion to be introduced soon 18/11/1996 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The Department of Environment has drawn up new guidelines on the prevention and control of soil erosion to minimise land degradation in development projects. The guidelines govern, among others, hillslope development, land conversion for golf courses, landfills, development of mining land, forestry, resort development, land reclamation, housing and power generation.

Bertindak ke atas kontraktor culas 21/11/1996 HM
BANDAR PERMAISURI: Pihak berkuasa tempatan diminta mengambil tindakan segera terhadap kontraktor yang gagal menyiapkan bangunan rumah kedai di sini, yang terbengkalai sejak tiga tahun lalu. Rumah kedai dua tingkat yang mempunyai lapan unit itu, terletak dilaluan utama Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kota Bharu dibina dengan kos RM1.1 juta, sepatutnya siap tahun lalu.

Waiting for the next tragedy? 22/11/1996 NST-LTIMES
THE Highland Towers tragedy in 1993 brutally shook the sensibilities of Malaysians. In a country relatively free of natural calamities, the stunning blow of 48 lost lives was doubly hard to take. The Genting Highlands landslide in 1995 took 20 lives. As with the Highland Towers disaster, the now-familiar pattern of political reaction and temporary public outrage followed

Unsafe flats: What went wrong? 24/11/1996 NSUNT
FROM the outside, it looked as if a fresh coat of paint was all that was needed to put things right. But when we stepped into the dingy corridor between the twin blocks of low-cost flats at Bandar Indera Mahkota, it became obvious that much more was needed.

Condemned low-cost flats: Probe ordered 24/11/1996 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Cabinet has ordered an investigation into the shoddy construction of the Bandar Indera Mahkota low-cost flats in Kuantan. The flats have now been declared unsafe and the Cabinet has also directed that those responsible be identified.

Mayat bayi tertanam di kawasan semak 25/11/1996 BH
SEREMBAN, Ahad - Mayat bayi lelaki, dipercayai berumur sehari, dijumpai tertanam sedalam 0.3 meter di kawasan semak sebuah taman perumahan terbengkalai di Taman Jujur, Sikamat, di sini, pagi ini. Ketika dijumpai pada jam 9.30 pagi, bayi yang cukup sifat itu sekadar dibalut kain putih serta kain batik merah dan tali pusatnya masih disepit dengan klip hospital, manakala jari kelingking kirinya diikat surat kematian.

Our defect liability period not good enough 25/11/1996 The Star
SOME builders were surprised that Malaysia's defect liability period only extends up to 18 months. That may be a long haul for some of our Malaysian developers but "not good enough" for several foreign builders attending the recent 7th international housing and home warranty conference in Melbourne.

Housing: No recent reports of delays 29/11/1996 NST By Marina Emmanuel
PENANG, Thurs. - The Local Housing and Government Ministry has not recently received any reports of delayed or abandoned housing projects in the country. Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said this situation could probably be because of the country's booming economy and measures taken to ensure that housing projects were not abandoned.

 

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