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Low cost flats in Batu Caves safe 01/09/1997 NST-LTIMES
THE four blocks of low cost flats at Pinggiran Batu Caves, Taman Sri Gombak, which developed cracks due to earth movement are safe for occupation as the cracks do not affect the main structure. This was the conclusion reached by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president Kasjoo Kadis and the State Assemblyman for Gombak Setia Datin Rakibah Abdul Manap who toured the area on Saturday following numerous complaint from residents.

Public apathy on EIAs must go 02/09/1997 NST-LTIMES 
PUBLIC apathy, low awareness and a lack of expertise have been cited as the main reasons for the poor response whenever members of the public are asked to comment on detailed Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). According to the Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Tan Meng Leng last week, of the three EIAs reviewed last year, only seven written comments were received.

Strata titles: Come down hard on errant developers 03/09/1997 NST
PARLIAMENTARY Secretary to the Ministry of Land and Co-operative Development Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman (now Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department) has rightly pointed out the seriousness of the problems faced by buyers of high-rise buildings who have yet to be issued strata titles as provided for by the Strata Titles Act 1985. The penalty for not doing so appears to be quite serious (NST, Aug 15). It is quite puzzling why the ministry has to appeal to Members of Parliament to trace those errant developers when the collectors of land revenue would have records of all the developers.

Settle arrears to get strata titles 11/09/1997 MM
THE Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) house buyers in Ampang-Ulu Klang and Sri Kembangan, Serdang, have been reminded to settle their quit rent arrears if they want ownership. PKNS public relations manager Mohamad Salim Yusoff said strata titles are ready for 3,967 owners in Ampang-Ulu Klang and 808 in Sri Kembangan.

Strict measures for project approvals 16/09/1997 NST
PENANG, Mon. - The Penang Island Municipal Council is abiding to stringent guidelines in vetting and approving certain development projects following the controversial RM200 million Prangin Mall project. Council president Dr Teng Hock Nan said today the new guidelines required the submission of geotechnical reports for some development projects, especially those involving structures with basements and those located on marine clay soil.

Fewer nightmares with geotechnical reports in place 17/09/1997 NST
GEOTECHNICAL reports for development projects in Penang are finally admitted to be vital, after the State Government found itself mired in embarrassment early this year over what was once touted as Georgetown's "new era of shopping paradise". Penang Island Municipal Council president Dr Teng Hock Nan's announcement on Monday that stringent guidelines, which include the requirement of geotechnical reports in vetting of development projects, is perhaps a move which should be emulated by other local authorities.

Ambil balik tanah terbiar 22/09/1997 HM By Kamarudin Mat Akib
SUNGAI PETANI: Kerajaan negeri akan mengambil balik tanah tapak pembinaan Kompleks Tunku Yaakob di Jalan Sultan Muhammad Jiwa, di Alor Star, jika pemajunya tidak mampu meneruskan projek terbengkalai di kawasan berkenaan. Ini kerana kerajaan tidak mahu kehadiran projek terbengkalai sejak lebih 10 tahun lalu di tengah pusat bandar itu menjejaskan pemandangan


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