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Building commissioner proposal to be tabled  01/07/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The new law which provides for the creation of the post of building commissioner in each State to supervise multi-storey buildings will be tabled by Parliament in the October meeting. Land and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Osu Sukam today said the proposed law would be tabled once the issue of which Ministry the law should fall under is settled with the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Co-ops to maintain buildings  02/07/1997 BT
ALL new high-rise buildings will be required to have a cooperative to manage and maintain the premises under legislation now being finalised. Proposed amendments to the Strata Title Act will require occupants of flats, apartments, condominiums and office blocks to pay an annual fee to their cooperative. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the cooperative for each building will be set up after the occupants had been issued with strata titles. He said his ministry and the Land and Cooperative Ministry had discussed the amendments which are expected to be tabled in Parliament in October. The move followed numerous complaints from occupants of high-rise buildings of poor management and maintenance, he told reporters after opening the Tapah MCA division meeting on Monday night. - Bernama

No strata titles: 30 developers to be probed  05/07/1997 BT
THIRTY developers of high-rise buildings are to face investigations following complaints of failure to apply for strata titles for the buyers. One such building has been occupied without strata titles for the past 30 years, Deputy Land and Cooperative Development Minister Dr Goh Cheng Teik said yesterday.

Owners without strata titles after 30 years  05/07/1997 NST
PETALING JAYA, Fri. - The Land and Co-operative Development Ministry has received 112 complaints from the owners of flats who have yet to receive their strata titles even though they moved into their units 30 years ago. Its deputy Minister, Dr Goh Cheng Teik said 80 of the complainants were from the Klang Valley while 32 were from other States.

Awaiting new high-rise law 06/07/1997 NSUNT
THE rash of statements in the past fortnight relating to the proposed new legislation for efficient management of buildings, including condominiums, is no doubt being keenly followed. While long-suffering affected persons welcome details of the Bill expected to be tabled in Parliament soon, the gestation period has clearly been a little too long. The Malaysian story pertaining to the issuance of the certificate of fitness and strata titles for such properties, including commercial buildings, is undeniably a tale of woe. A builder succinctly sums up the problem when he says that for far too long the parties concerned had been mired in the struggle for the CF and strata titles. The issuing authorities, on their part, are said to be just as frustrated because weaknesses in the existing laws and regulations hinder their job. It is amazing that the quagmire is allowed to persist for so long.

Timely call to DOs to check projects 14/07/1997 NST-LTIMES
NEGRI Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad did not mince his words when he called on district officers to personally oversee the progress of development projects in the Seremban. The call has long been overdue as there were complaints in the past that some housing projects have been delayed for no reason.

Breeding spot at work site to be drained NST-LTIMES 17/07/1997 By Rosnazura Idrus
THE Malaysian Government Pensioners Association has engaged a contractor to pump water out of its construction site at Jalan 1/65 off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, which had turned into a "pond" breeding the aedes mosquito after being abandoned last year. Work is expected to begin later this week following complaints from staff of nearby offices who informed the New Straits Times about the matter.

Company set up to buy over `unsold' Bumi lots 19/07/1997 NST
MALACCA, Fri. - The State Government has formed a company, Pertam Properties Sdn Bhd, to buy unsold houses allotted to Bumiputeras from private developers who claimed there were no takers for such units. State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Mo'min Abdul Aziz said today some developers alleged that the units could not be sold, causing them to incur heavy losses.

Make the builders pay for ignoring strata titles 21/07/1997  NST
THE statement by Deputy Minister of Land and Co-operative Development Dr Goh Cheng Teik that action will be taken against developers who had not applied for the strata titles for owners of high-rise buildings is welcome news. Indeed it is intriguing that with a "frighteningly substantial" number of developers who had not applied for the titles, action was hitherto taken against only two of them - one in Penang and one in Negri Sembilan.

Squatters stay put 21/07/1997 MM
IT has been more than 10 years since their homes were gazetted for development but for the 885 squatter families of Kampung Chubadak, Sentul, their transition from squatters to low-cost flat owners is a long and winding one without let-up. In 1985, Sentul Murni Sdn Bhd bought over the 20-hectare area to build low- and medium-cost houses, and apartments.

Housing developers fined RM1.34m for various offences 22/07/1997 BT
A TOTAL of RM1.34 million in fines has been collected from housing developers for various offences between 1993 and 1996. Within that period, 622 cases were brought to court and of these 536 have been settled. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the developers were charged in court for various offences under the Housing Developers Act 1966 and Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1989

Strata title: Stiffer penalties likely for delay 24/07/1997  NST
THE Government is prepared to impose stiffer penalties on developers who delay their application for strata title ownership, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. Land and Co-operative Development Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said developers now had to pay a penalty of not less than RM5,000 or RM1,000 a day for delaying the application of strata titles.

Developers blamed for non-issuance of strata titles 24/07/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - High-rise apartment owners do not have strata titles for their properties due to the failure of developers to apply for the documents from the Land and Mines Department. Some developers are also reluctant to apply for the titles after completing their sales when they encounter "technical problems" with the council.

Developers urged to apply for strata titles immediately 24/07/1997 BT
THE Ministry of Land and Cooperative Development has called on housing developers who have yet to get strata titles to do so immediately. Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Goh Cheng Teik said that until July 22 this year, the ministry received 186 complaints from house buyers who have not received strata titles from developers.

Errant developers fined but still get to keep deposit NST 24/07/1997 By S. Mill
REFER to the reports, "50 developers to face charges for breaching rules" (NST, July 17) and "Offence to collect deposit or booking fee, developers told" (NST, May 30). The Housing and Local Government Minister keeps telling the public and house buyers that it is an offence for developers to collect booking fees and errant developers will be charged and fined if they breach provisions in the Housing Developers Act 1966 and the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1980.

Not licensed to build 29/07/1997 MM
NO developer's licence. No development order. No land. Despite being unprepared to even talk about a housing project, a company in Pandan Indah had NO PROBLEM collecting down-payments of RM3,500 from potential buyers.

 

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