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Builders responsible for getting strata titles' 05/08/1997 NST-LTIMES
HOUSING developers in Selangor have been urged to resolve the problem of strata titles for high-rise housing projects by the year 2000. State Local Authorities, Urbanisation and Squatters Committee chairman Datuk Fuad Hassan said developers should take the matter seriously as strata titles would be a major issue by then.

Developer faces action over failure to apply for strata titles 05/08/1997 NST
A DEVELOPER will be charged soon with failing to apply for strata titles for flat and apartment owners. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad (BN-Linggi) said a second case involving another developer was expected to be filed in court soon.

180 developers fail to apply for strata titles nationwide 14/08/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - A total of 180 developers have failed to apply for strata titles for high-rise housing projects nationwide. Land and Co-operative Development Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Goh Cheng Teik said 210 complaints were received from buyers since June 26 this year against the developers.

`Good response to strata title drive' 14/08/1997 BT
THE Government is quite happy with response to the strata titles campaign, Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperative Development Dr Goh Cheng Teik said. The ministry has received 210 complaints from unit owners of high-rise building since the campaign was launched on June 26. Of these, 204 complaints were directed towards private developers while six are government agencies.

Strata title: MPs asked to finger errant builders 15/08/1997  NST
KUANTAN, Thurs. - The Land and Co-operative Development Ministry has sought the assistance of Members of Parliament to identify developers of high-rise buildings who are dragging their feet in applying for strata titles. This is to enable action to be taken against such developers, many of whom cannot be traced

Call to report errant builders 15/08/1997  BT
THE Land and Cooperative Development Ministry has asked members of Parliament to report housing developers in their constituencies who delay applying for strata titles even after the house buyers have paid up. Its parliamentary secretary Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said yesterday that the Government views the matter seriously and will take stern action against irresponsible developers who are concerned only with profits. Developers should apply for strata titles within six months after construction is completed, he said after the opening of a mixed housing project by Pahang Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob in Kuantan. He said he did not want to see a recurrence of cases whereby the developers had gone bankrupt or died leaving house buyers in a lurch without strata titles. - Bernama

`Renovations must not be forced on cheap house buyers' 22/08/1997 NST
IPOH, Thurs. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will tighten existing regulations to ensure that developers do not sell low-cost houses above the ceiling price of RM25,000. Its secretary-general, Datuk Umar Abu, said the regulations, which came under the Housing Developers Regulations and enforced late last year, would prevent developers from cheating low-cost house buyers.

Housing projects for policemen delayed NST 22/08/1997 By Alias Mohamed
BANDAR PERMAISURI, Thurs. - Housing projects for policemen worth more than RM100 million are being held up because the contractors fail to complete them. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Norian Mai said today the abandoned projects in Pekan, Pahang, Kampung Acheh in Perak and Kulim in Kedah would affect the plan by the police to house their staff in quarters by 2000.

H. Towers' quick collapse due to use of rail piling 29/08/1997 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The erosion of the area surrounding the Highland Towers condominium and its eventual collapse would have been a noticeable and gradual process if concrete piling, instead of rail piling, had been used for the building's foundation. Chairman of the Technical Investigating Committee into the collapse of Highland Towers, Dr Nik Ramlan Nik Hassan, told the Ampang coroner's court today that if concrete piling had been used, the collapse of the condominium would have occurred after a prolonged period and would have shown signs of an impending collapse.


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