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Developers may be asked for deposit 01/03/1997 NST
MALACCA, Fri. - The State Government may require developers to make monetary deposits to the State in a move to guarantee that they are sincere about getting a particular project. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani said although there were numerous development projects launched by the Government and the private sector, there were as many which had been abandoned.

Warning to developers not to alter topography 02/03/1997 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh today warned developers not to alter the topography of a housing estate which could lead to degradation of the environment and natural disasters such as flash floods. Ting said under the recent amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act 1976, developers must ensure that trees, lakes, rivers and, in some cases, retention ponds, are preserved and not destroyed in the name of development.

Gerakan suggests commission to maintain flats 05/03/1997 NST
MALACCA, Tues. - The State Gerakan today called on the Housing and Local Government Ministry to form a Strata Title Commission which would be given the task of maintaining flats in all States. State Gerakan chief Chua Peng Song said the formation of the commission is needed so flats could be maintained effectively.

Tower of uncertainty 05/03/1997 MM
THE fate of a condominium tower built on a sheer cliff in Km14.4 Jalan Cheras has been hanging in the balance for more than a year. Deemed "unsafe" by a technical committee of the local government, the 16-storey Tower 4, a twin-block building in the Venice Hill Condominiums and Golf Resort, is vacant because no certificate of fitness can be issued.

Firm gets memo to carry out repairs 05/03/1997 NST-LTIMES
CITY Hall yesterday issued a written directive to the contractor of the proposed five-storey appartment-cum-office block at Jalan Kasah, Damansara, to carry out immediate repairs on backyards that have sunk at four adjacent houses. Its Planning and Building Control Department officers visited the houses yesterday to inspect the damage.

Prangin Mall: RM6m remedial work to begin 06/03/1997 NST
PENANG, Wed.- An additional RM6 million will be spent on remedial work to stabilise the foundation of the RM200 million Prangin Mall project which has been identified as the most probable cause of cracks in 327 houses nearby. The Penang Isiand Municipal Council today approved the developers' revised proposal for the measures which incorporate the installation of a new line of sheetpiles at the outer perimeter of the site using a new piling technology with the help of a "silent piler".

Ministry to probe complaints, says Lim 08/03/1997 BT
PAK Sin Development Sdn Bhd will be taken to court if it is found guilty of defying the stop-work order issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Human Resources Minister Datuk Lim Ah Lek said. Pak Sin Development, the developer of the commercial and apartment complexes in Kajang, Selangor, was slapped with a stop-work order on February 17, following an accident at its construction site which resulted in the death of a worker.

Council to review project plans 08/03/1997 MM
THE Kajang Municipal Council will review the plans for the Winnie Plaza and City Heights Apartment project following complaints from residents on the access road. Council president Yusup Badul said of late, the council had received several complaints on the access road to the project site.

Kept in the dark about condo project 10/03/1997 NST-LTIMES
RESIDENTS of Taman Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur, want the developer of a proposed condominum project in the area to provide details of the project as they fear its impact on the neighbourhood. Seputeh Residents' Association president Dr K. Kanagalingam said officials from Homemakers Sdn Bhd, which is developing the project, had told residents about the condominium at a recent meeting.

Proposals for projects on Bukit Larut approved 15/03/1997 NST
TAIPING, Fri. - The Perak State Government has approved the latest proposal submitted by a private developer to undertake a RM270 million project to develop Bukit Larut and the foothills in a bid to attract more tourists to Taiping. The executive chairman of Kesatuan Guru-Guru Melayu Malaysia Barat Holdings Sdn Bhd, Nordin Mahmood, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib had approved the project.

Two-tier way to weed out bad hats 16/03/1997  MB
TWO-TIER system for property developers will go a long way in separating the wheat from the chaff within the industry. It is hoped that all parties will support this proposal by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh. The buoyant property market has made property development a very lucrative business. Many want to jump onto the bandwagon to cater to the seemingly unlimited appetite house buyers appear to have.

Test of strength 16/03/1997 SUM
TOUGH. That is what the Sunday Mail discovered after conducting a few tests to determine the strength and safety of the prefabricated longhouses in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. Using a hammer, this reporter was encouraged by the developer, Magna Park Sdn Bhd, to hit the walls of some of the almost completed longhouses at random and as hard as possible. And surprisingly, there were no cracks or holes on the walls despite the hammering.

Abandoned houses to be ready by June 17/03/1997 NST
MALACCA, Sun. - Taman Bukit Tembakau house buyers, caught in a bind after the developer abandoned the project in Umbai 12 years ago, can look forward to moving in after June. Jejaka Megah Sdn Bhd will complete the project and offer the houses to buyers at the original price.

Ensuring open areas are not regazetted 19/03/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Some State Governments have taken steps to ensure land set aside for sports and recreation in housing estates will not be regazetted for commercial use without good reason. They were responding to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh's statement yesterday asking State Governments to disallow the practice by developers applying to degazette land meant for recreation areas.

Building work to blame for road cave-in 19/03/1997 NST
JOHOR BARU, Tues. - Construction work at the project site of the 33-storey Wisma Matex in the city centre has been identified as the cause of the massive cave-in in Jalan Trus last Saturday. State Housing, Small and Medium-Scale Industries and Local Government Committee chairman Adam Abdul Hamid said extensive digging at the site (to build several levels of underground parking) had affected the stability of the ground beneath the road.

Authorities told to ensure developers get strata titles 20/03/1997 NST
SEREMBAN, Wed. - All government authorities in Negri Sembilan must ensure developers of highrise buildings in the State apply for strata titles upon completion of their projects. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad, in issuing the directive today, said the State Government was unhappy with the response from housing developers on to the matter.

Federal Hill project starts 20/03/1997 ST-LTIMES
PRELIMINARY work has started on a proposed RM50 million high-density project on a 7.43ha site at Federal Hill, Kuala Lumpur, with residents hoping that the developer will spare most of the trees in the area. Residents want City Hall to ensure that the project does not affect the green lung which is part of the bird corridor in the area.

Siah Bros' low-cost houses sold out 20/03/1997 BT
ALL 3,300 units of low-cost houses at Siah Brothers Corp (SBC) Bhd's proposed mixed development at the foot of Genting Highlands have been sold out, with construction completed on about half of them so far. The low-cost houses, sold at the ceiling price of RM25,000 each, will meet the Government's requirement for the developer, Ligamas Sdn Bhd, to set aside a portion of its 767.6ha project for low cost homes.

Affected parties may get data on cracks 23/03/1997 NSUNT
PENANG, Sat. - The Residents Affairs Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Prangin Mall and Metrojaya projects will recommend to the State Executive Council that all raw data on cracks be made available for inspection by the affected parties. Residents Affairs Committee chairman Dr Kang Chin Seng said today the residents of each house monitored by the Malaysia Public Works Institute (Ikram) for cracks should be given the raw data on the findings.

Ministry probes land clearing case 26/03/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Cabinet has instructed the Housing and Local Government Ministry to investigate a case of land clearing for development in Selangor which was spotted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad from a helicopter last week. Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said investigations at the moment had not revealed who the developer was but his ministry would be ready to take action against those responsible.

Developer in Hulu Klang told to stop earthworks 
27/03/1997 NST
SHAH ALAM, Wed. - The developer who is undertaking earthworks in the 138 hectares of land at PT 13431 in Hulu Klang was today ordered by the State Government to stop all land clearing activities. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said the order was given following the Cabinet's instruction to the Housing and Local Government Ministry to investigate a case of land clearing in Selangor

More checks on project sites to protect environment 27/03/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Concerned with the continuing indiscriminate felling of trees and levelling of hills, the Cabinet today directed State Governments and local authorities to step up checks on development projects to ensure regulations are strictly followed. The Cabinet, at its meeting today, expressed concern that there were still reports of developers flouting guidelines and regulations on cutting trees and levelling of hills in the name of development.

Projek terbengkalai kerana tiada kayu bakau 27/03/1997 BH
MUAR, Rabu - Sekurang-kurangnya lima projek perumahan di sekitar daerah ini dan Melaka terbengkalai di peringkat awal pembinaan, berikutan tidak ada bekalan kayu bakau untuk kerja menanam cerucuk, sejak sebulan lalu. Kekurangan bekalan itu dikatakan berpunca daripada tindakan Lembaga Perindustrian Kayu Malaysia membekukan permit mengimport bakau dari Indonesia yang selama ini memenuhi keperluan projek pembinaan sekitar daerah ini.

Kurang bekalan bakau jejas projek  27/03/1997 HM
MUAR: Banyak projek perumahan di daerah ini yang bercadang menggunakan kayu bakau sebagai cerucuk, mungkin terbengkalai berikutan kekurangan bekalan bahan itu dalam pasaran tempatan. Masalah itu terpaksa dihadapi berikutan pembekuan lesen import bakau dari Indonesia oleh Lembaga Perindustrian Kayu Malaysia sejak sebulan lalu.

Firm's failure to complete houses puts 200 in lurch  28/03/1997 NST By Noor Adzman Baharuddin
NIBONG TEBAL, Thurs. - Some 200 housebuyers, mostly pensioners, are being left in the lurch since 1989 following the failure of a developer to complete their low cost houses at Taman Kesumba near Sungai Bakap here. A spokesman for the housebuyers, Mohd Kassim Osman, 55, said they had appealed to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh for help but to no avail.

Rumah terbengkalai  28/03/1997 HM
NIBONG TEBAL: Impian empat pembeli rumah kos rendah untuk memiliki rumah sendiri tidak tercapai apabila mereka meninggal dunia sebelum projek perumahan itu disiapkan. Pembeli terbabit adalah antara 200 pembeli rumah di Taman Kesumba, Sungai Bakap, dekat sini terbengkalai sejak lebih lapan tahun lalu.

Bumi quota houses `must be registered' 28/03/1997 NST
THE State Government will require all housing developers to register their Bumiputera quota houses which are either ready or under construction with the Malacca Customary Land Corporation. The move is aimed at preventing such houses from being sold to non- Bumiputeras.

Errant developers be warned 28/03/1997 NST
IDEALLY, man should leave nature be. But this is an impossibility given the need for mankind to undertake development and progress. The global scenario is not a happy one with scientists predicting that there could be more climatic chaos with global warming caused by increasing degradation of the environment. Sadly, mankind while acutely aware of the burgeoning threat to the environment is all talk and little action as manifestly clear after the historic 1992 Rio Earth Summit. At home, there is no doubt that the media is greatly conscious of its important role in creating environmental consciousness. Write-ups and exposes could fill volumes. But environmental awareness among the people has yet to reach a level that we can be proud of.

MB: No indiscriminate opening of land in State 28/03/1997 NST
PETALING JAYA, Thurs. - Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib denied any indiscriminate opening of land for development in the State, adding that projects were being carried out according to guidelines. He said the State Government was constantly monitoring development projects through agencies such as the district and land offices and district councils.

Rainforest turns `desert' in Hulu Klang 28/03/1997 NST
WITH the trees felled and the hills levelled, this "desert" in Hulu Klang which used to be a rainforest will soon be a concrete jungle, like the one in the background. It is being cleared for the Ukay Perdana housing project.

Greenery gone
28/03/1997 MM
SCARRED EARTH. These pictures are on the controversial 138-hectare site in Hulu Klang near Bukit Antarabangsa earmarked for a housing project suspended following a stop-work order from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council last Wednesday. The Taman Ukay Perdana project is developed by Projek Ikatan Rapi Sdn Bhd, which is also the landowner and managed by listed company, Larut Consolidated Berhad.

Earthworks on hillslope leave residents wondering 28/03/1997 MM
EARTHWORK on a hillslope in Taman Seputeh have got residents wondering about its purpose due to lack of proper signboard on the project. They claimed the developer, Homemakers Sdn Bhd, also failed to take proper safety measures in barricading the area when the work started a month ago.

Joint probe on Hulu Klang hill cutting 29/03/1997 NST
PETALING JAYA, Fri. - A joint investigation between the relevant agencies, including the Housing and Local Government Ministry, will be conducted on the indiscriminate tree felling and hill cutting at Hulu Klang, Selangor. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today co-operation from the authorities was needed. They include the State Government, the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, the Department of Environment and the Drainage and Irrigation Department.

Project not carried out in proper phases 29/03/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Projek Ikatan Rapi Sdn Bhd, the company developing the 138-ha Ukay Perdana housing project in Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu Kelang, had defied a ruling by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council to carry out the project in phases. Apart from this, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said the developer had also ignored the council's ruling earlier this month "to clean up its act."

Is hillslope development getting out of hand? 29/03/1997 BT
QUITE a number of things happening around us just do not make sense. One of them has to be the cutting of hillslopes which environmentalists regard as crucial to maintain the delicate balance of nature, just to satisfy the greed of developers for more "superfluous" projects like apartments and condominiums.

Joint probe into case of developer who denuded hill 29/03/1997 BT
A JOINT investigation will take off soon into a case of extensive clearing of land at Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu Kelang, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. He said the investigation would involve his ministry, the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, Department of Environment and the Drainage and Irrigation Department.

Warnings ignored 29/03/1997 MM
ALTHOUGH the developer responsible for the indiscriminate clearing of a huge tract of land in Hulu Klang had ignored three warnings by the local authority, the latter failed to act decisively - until the Prime Minister stepped in. The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council only issued a stop-work order to Projek Ikatan Rapi Sdn Bhd on Wednesday, days after Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed concern over the development he saw from a helicopter.

Too late to do anything, say villagers 29/03/1997 MM
WHY cry over spilt milk? That's the sentiment of those living near the Ukay Perdana project. Kampung Melayu Sungai Sering residents said the authorities should have stopped the work long ago when they had to put up with rock-blasting and mudfloods besides the loss of greenery.

Penang puts on hold appeal on RM800m hillslope project 30/03/1997 NSUNT
PENANG, Sat. - The State Government has put on hold a developer's appeal on a controversial RM800 million hillslope project in Paya Terubong pending the outcome of a macro level environmental study of the valley. A State Govemment official told the New Sunday Times today that a decision on the appeal by Datas tream Corporation Sdn Bhd on density limits would only be made after the outcome of the study.

`Taiping council members should quit' 30/03/1997 NSUNT
TAIPING, Sat.- The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association has called on the Taiping Municipal Council president and councillors to resign enbloc over their failure to act against the developer of the Taiping Villa housing project, alleged to be responsible for mudslide problems faced by residents residing near the project site. Its secretary-general N. Marimuthu said the council should shoulder the blame as it should not have approved the project on the hill, which involved extensive hill-cutting.

Hulu Klang hill-cutting: Selangor not to be blamed 30/03/1997 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Selangor Government is not to be blamed for the indiscrimate felling of trees and hill-cutting by a housing developer in Hulu Klang. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said if anyone was to be blamed, it should be the developer.

Hillslopes still barren 13 months after order 30/03/1997 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The hillslopes within the Mimaland Golf Resort project are still barren although 13 months have passed since the Government ordered its developer, Mimaland Bhd, to stop work for failing to meet conditions of the Environmental Impact Assessment. A visit to the site showed that some greenery has returned to the previously barren slopes but large tracts of land still lay exposed.

Open spaces belong to house owners 31/03/1997 NST
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has suddenly realised that it is more beneficial to maintain open spaces within built-up areas for recreational purposes than turning them over to developers. It is left to be seen how serious the ministry is.

Move to check flash floods 31/03/1997 MM
DEVELOPERS carrying out earthworks in Petaling Jaya must build silt-traps to prevent clogged drains while work is in progress. Petaling Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Mohamed Nor Bador said those who fail to comply with the ruling will be issued with a stop-work order.

Council move to blacklist errant developers 31/03/1997 MM
THE Selayang Municipal Council will blacklist any developer who ignores the council's regulations, in the interest of public safety and convenience. "We do not want irresponsible developers to cause inconvenience to the public, especially those living in the vicinity of the development projects," said council president Kasjoo Kadis.


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