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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1998)
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26 years and still no titles to flats 01/04/1998 MM
ABOUT 300 owners of PKNS Flats in Section 17/2, Petaling Jaya, are demanding the immediate issue of strata titles for their homes. They claim they have been waiting for the titles for past 26 years and do not want to hear the excuse that the delay is by the Selangor Land Office.

Housing estates running dry due to damaged pipes 01/04/1998 NST SEREMBAN, Tues. - Several housing estates in Rahang have been without water for more than five days as a result of damage to three main outlet pipes caused by indiscriminate dumping of earth by a developer near Taman SEA. Rahang State Assemblyman Datuk Goh Siow Huat said among those affected were residents in Rasah Jaya, Taman SEA, Taman Kembangan and its surrounding areas.

Developer's office stormed 02/04/1998. MM
MORE than 100 buyers of double-storey terrace houses in Pandan Glades, Pandan Perdana, stormed the office of the developer yesterday morning demanding to meet the company's chief executive. However, the buyers were disappointed when they could not meet the chief executive officer of Talam Corporation Bhd, Datuk Chan Ah Chye, who also controls Larut Consolidated Bhd

Move to check on work status at site 02/04/1998 NST-LTIMES PETALING Jaya Municipal Council officials will soon visit the site of the Mulpha project along Jalan Damansara to determine its status following concern that it has been abandoned. Kampung Tunku State Assemblyman Khoo Ooi Seng said a show cause letter may be issued if the council is satisfied that the project has been abandoned.

Tremors send apartment dwellers scrambling 03/04/1998 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Residents of two highrise blocks in Pangsaria Apartments, Desa Petaling experienced strong tremors at 2am today, sending them out of their units quickly as they feared for their safety. Residents also claimed several cracks appeared on the walls on several floors after the tremors and expressed fears about the soundness of the two buildings.

Completion of projects put off 03/04/1998 NST-LTIMES
AT least four developers in Petaling Jaya have decided to stop work or delay the completion of their projects until the economic problems facing the country are over. Petaling Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Mohamad Nor Bador said he had received letters from the developers informing the council of their decision recently.

Amendment to land enactment passed 04/04/1998 NST
THE State Assembly passed the Land (Subsidiary Title) (Amendment) Enactment 1998 by which developers have to apply for subsidiary titles or strata titles within a certain period. Social Services Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, when tabling the Bill, said strata titles had to be applied for in West Malaysia and other countries with high rise buildings.

In a fix over `unfit' houses 04/04/1998 MM
OWNERS of eight houses in Taman University Indah in Seri Kembangan are in a fix over their homes which have been declared unfit for occupation. The double-storey terrace houses in Jalan Endah 1/11B, which were bought for RM68,800 15 years ago, are cracking up and the local authorities have advised the occupants to seek alternative accommodation.

5,000 Taman Permata flat residents left high and dry 07/04/1998 NST
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Mon. - About 5,000 flat dwellers were left high and dry since last Thursday when water pumps at eight five-storey blocks in Taman Permata started malfunctioning. The residents claimed the developer of the flats, Asas Dunia Sdn Bhd, had turned a deaf ear despite complaints to the company on several occasions.

Council to check on no-work claim  07/04/1998 NST-LTIMES By Angela Rao 
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council will investigate complaints that the company commissioned to construct 2,872 low-cost units for the State Government under the Lembah Subang Public Housing Programme has abandoned work since last month. MPPJ senior councillor Khoo Ooi Seng said the council was unaware of the alleged slowdown in work.

Call to help developers 08/04/1998 BT
LOCAL authorities should take a serious look at the plight of housing developers and review the requirements imposed on them. This review should be made in a bid to enable the developers to operate despite the current economic problems. Asia Pacific Land Bhd, in a statement yesterday, said under the current scenario, developers can no longer depend on high profits. To survive, they must minimise on cost and at the same time take on other roles. AP Land said a great financial burden is placed on the developers as they have to build infrastructure such as roads, water- piping and sewerage treatment plants. Since the start of the currency slide and the economic problems last July, uncertainties have been ripping through the Malaysian property market. Riding high on list of priorities that developers must now concentrate on are properties which are deemed to be `productive sector' - within the price range of RM150,000 and properties valued at below RM100,000 - on which interest rates for financing are capped at 9 per cent. - NST

Opting for a legal solution 10/04/1998 MM
LARUT Consolidated Bhd will seek to settle in court a dispute with house buyers in Pandan Glades. In a statement faxed to The Malay Mail on Wednesday, the company stated that "the management has decided to refer the issue to the High Court for determination."

HDA: Huge sum paid to sewerage fund 10/04/1998 BT
HOUSE buyers are paying millions of ringgit towards the compulsory Sewerage Capital Contribution (SCC) fund imposed on property developers for the proposed regional sewerage system to be built by Indah Water Konsortium (IWK), according to the Housing Developers' Association (HDA). "Although the developers were asked to contribute to the fund, it is deducted from house buyers' money through additional charges which are added to the total cost of the property," HDA president Lawrence Chan told a news conference yesterday in Kuala Lumpur. A property worth RM150,000 to RM200,000 for instance will have an additional charge of between RM10,000 and RM20,000 included in its total cost price.

37,342 units in State yet to receive strata titles 14/04/1998  NST
AT least 37,342 units in multi-storey building projects in Selangor completed after 1995 have yet to be issued strata titles. Chairman of the State Local Council, Urbanisation and Squatters Committee Datuk Fuad Hassan said 24,309 applications were still being processed while another 13,033 were in the process of being registered for processing.

House buyer sees red 15/04/1998 MM
CATHERINE says the developer of Phase 2, Ixora Bukit Sentosa in Rawang does not want to pay the liquidated damages for the delay in handing over the property. "According to the sales and purchase agreement, the building should have been handed over by Talam Industries Sdn Bhd on March 20 last year but they were late by 90 days," she says.

What's happening to this project? 15/04/1998 MM
THESE days, City Hall seems to be fond of stopping projects midway. This project in Taman Kepong, which began last June, has been abandoned, according to residents.

KKTP sedia jadi pemaju rumah  18/04/1998 BH-SSB By Shamsul Kamal Amarudin
KOTA KINABALU, Jumaat - Syarikat milik penuh kerajaan negeri, KKTP Sdn Bhd (KKTP), bersedia mengubah matlamat penubuhannya daripada mengambil alih dan membaik pulih projek perumahan terbengkalai yang dilakukan sekarang kepada pemaju perumahan kos rendah. Pengerusinya, Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid, berkata pihaknya bersedia mengubah matlamat asal penubuhan syarikat itu sekiranya diminta berbuat demikian oleh kerajaan negeri.

KKTP dapat pinjaman pulih 5 projek rumah 18/04/1998   BH
KKTP Sdn Bhd, syarikat milik penuh kerajaan Sabah, memperolehi kemudahan pinjaman berjumlah RM41.5 juta daripada Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank Berhad (AMMB), bagi memulihkan lima projek perumahan terbengkalai di negeri ini. KKTP dijangka mengambil alih serta memulihkan projek perumahan Taman Ehsan Fasa II di Kudat membabitkan 232 unit rumah; Taman Richdar, Kota Kinabalu (230 unit); Taman Kota, Keningau (254 unit); Taman Orchid, Tawau (71 unit) serta Taman Hartawan, Kota Kinabalu (40 unit).

Defects in new house not rectified 20/04/1998 MM
YAH of Kajang bought a new house in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Km16 Cheras two years ago and was given vacant possession last December. However, she found that the new house was in a sorry state. Among other things, the wall plaster was cracking and the pillars near the staircase were crooked.

Penduduk mungkin gagal duduki rumah 21/04/1998  BH-TEN
PENDUDUK melabur RM13 juta untuk membeli rumah baru di sebuah taman perumahan di Senawang hasil daripada jualan tanah mereka, tetapi hasrat mendudukinya mungkin tidak kesampaian. Setiap orang membeli rumah pelbagai jenis di taman itu bernilai kira- kira RM150,000 seunit dan ke atas daripada sebahagian wang pendahuluan 10 peratus yang diterima daripada pembeli tanah mereka.

Pemaju tidak minat majukan Sendayan 21/04/1998 BH-TEN By M Noh Senan; Noh Ahmad
SEREMBAN: Masalah yang dihadapi lebih 400 pemilik tanah di Sendayan, dekat Seremban semakin rumit berikutan syarikat yang membeli tanah mereka sebelum ini dikatakan tidak berhasrat memajukannya. Mereka yang bergelar jutawan segera, sudah menerima pembayaran 10 peratus atau antara RM120,000 hingga RM140,000 seorang hasil daripada penjualan tanah masing-masing seluas 3.2 hingga 4.2 hektar, bimbang kerana mungkin terpaksa membayar balik wang yang diterima itu kepada pembeli.

Kawal projek terbengkalai 21/04/1998 HM
MAJLIS Perbandaran Petaling Jaya (MPPJ) menjalankan usaha berterusan untuk mengelakkan projek terbengkalai sekitar daerah ini mendatangkan masalah kepada penduduk setempat. Yang Dipertua MPPJ, Datuk Mohd Nor Bador, berkata berikutan kegawatan ekonomi sekarang, ada pemaju yang terpaksa menghenti atau menangguhkan projek pembinaan mereka.

No projects being abandoned: Minister 21/04/1998 BT By Kang Siew Li
THERE has been no incidence of abandoned construction projects although many have had to be delayed or slowed down as a result of the economic downturn, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said. He said his ministry has received no official report of construction projects being abandoned due to the current situation.

Kedah plan to revive idle housing projects 22/04/1998 BT
KEDAH has arranged rescue package for abandoned housing projects in the state by jointly restructuring the projects with the Housing and Local Government Ministry and developers, state Housing Committee chairman Datuk Syed Razak Syed Zain said. The ministry has a list of developers to help revive such projects, he said on Monday after meeting with the developer of the Sungai Raya estate housing project and plantation workers in Langkawi.

Kementerian senarai pemaju potensi 22/04/1998 BH
LANGKAWI, Selasa - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan sudah menyenaraikan syarikat pemaju berpotensi yang berpengalaman bagi menyelesaikan masalah rumah terbengkalai di Kedah. Usaha itu selaras tindakan kerajaan negeri menyediakan `pakej menyelamat' bertujuan menyusun semula projek perumahan terbengkalai dengan kerjasama kementerian berkenaan dan pemaju.

 

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