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Golf clubs warned not to cheat house buyers 02/11/1997 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry would investigate golf club operators who do not provide the infrastructure but only membership packages as a gimmick to promote luxury living in their housing projects. The Ministry would query such developers to ensure they do not infringe on the golf club's prospectus and the membership contract, the Minister Datuk Seri Megat Junid Megat Ayob said today.

`Exercise care with developers' NST-LTIMES 05/11/1997
INDIVIDUALS and organisations who want to develop their land have been advised to take care when appointing the developer to avoid being cheated. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ibrahim Saad said there were many instances where developers abandoned their projects after accepting the deposit.

Buildings without titles  19/11/1997 BT
MANY high-rise buildings in Negri Sembilan are without strata titles due to the owners indifferent attitude, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said yesterday. He said even though they are aware on the importance of the titles, most of them had not applied for it. "The significance of the titles are only realised when owners of condominiums and apartments want to use their units as bank collaterals," he said after chairing the State Land Committee meeting in Seremban. Todate, only 16 applications for strata titles had been submitted to the district land and mines offices particularly in Port Dickson and Seremban. - Bernama

Details of strata title applications 19/11/1997 NST
AS at June 30 this year, 2,544 strata title applications had been received by the Ministry of Land and Co-operative Development, said its Deputy Minister Dr Goh Cheng Teik.

Melaka Foundation agrees to repair defective houses 21/11/1997 NST
MALACCA, Thurs. - Yayasan Melaka, the State Government's educational arm which developed the houses and shoplots in Taman Seri Duyong near here, has agreed to set aside RM700,000 to repair the defective units. Residents claimed the houses, including the shoplots nearby, developed large cracks since the first day they moved into the premises about three years ago.

Pemaju gagal bayar RM600,000 HM 21/11/1997 By Omar Suib
SUBANG: Pemulihan projek perumahan terbengkalai Taman Setia Warisan di Kampung Melayu Subang, di sini terbantut lagi apabila syarikat kontraktor terbabit menghadapi masalah tuntutan bayaran RM600,000 yang belum dijelaskan pemaju. Kontraktor terbabit, BP Construction Sdn Bhd terpaksa memperlahankan kerja pemulihan projek itu sehingga pemaju menunaikan janji untuk menjelaskan tuntutan yang tertunggak itu.

Highrise laws a quick panacea? 23/11/1997 NSUNT
A recent letter to this paper and last week's report that many highrise buildings in Negri Sembilan do not have strata titles remind us anew of the unsatisfactory situation revolving around this issue. The perennial Malaysian headache pertaining to this problem is how to ensure the speedy issuance of vital building documents by the authorities on the one hand and the proper exercising of their roles by developers and owners on the other. A quick panacea remains elusive but the many announcements in the past 10 months of better legislation and measures to tackle the myriad problems arising have undoubtedly raised the people's expectations. Although the Strata Titles Act 1985 which governs the management of buildings two or more storeys, including condominiums and commercial houses, came into being more than a decade ago, long delays in the issuance of strata titles, which denote legal ownership, and seemingly unending complaints of errant developers and owners continue to plague this sector of the housing industry. With no apparent urgency to provide a holistic solution towards the proper management and maintenance of highrises, it is not surprising that many of our flats, apartments and even some commercial buildings have fallen into disrepair.

Problems make living in new house very stressful 25/11/1997 NST
THE last thing I wish to do is to complain publicly but the situation leaves me with no choice. I have shifted to my present house hoping for a better life. But the house has given me so many problems that I wish I were rich enough to buy another house!

(Terbengkalai ... tindakan penguatkuasa Majlis ... ) HM 26/11/1997 By Daut Noor
TERBENGKALAI ... tindakan penguatkuasa Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) merobohkan sebuah bangunan tambahan yang dibina tanpa kelulusan terbengkalai apabila seorang ahli politik dipercayai campurtangan ketika operasi dijalankan di Jalan Tanjung Bungah, dekat sini, semalam.

Poser over freehold status 28/11/1997 MM
WHEN Ch'ng Eng Hock bought his three-room apartment in Fraser Towers, Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, six years ago, he believed he got a freehold property in the bargain. Recently, he and 805 other unit holders under Phases 1A and 1B of the Gasing Condominium project were shocked to receive circulars stating their property could not be sold without the Selangor Government's approval.

 

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