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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1998)
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Unit to speed up issuing of strata titles 01/10/1998 NST
KUALA SELANGOR, Wed. - Effective Jan 1 all matters pertaining to strata titles will be handled by a one-stop agency set up by the Selangor Government at the State Land and Mines Department in Shah Alam. A special strata title unit will be set up to handle strata title applications which involves their processing, registering and issuance.

The nightmare of condominium living 01/10/1998 NST
I WISH to share my bad experience especially with those living in condominiums. Two years ago, I moved into a condominium in Kuala Lumpur. I thought it was a privilege to live in a place with facilities like 24-hour security, swimming pool, tennis court, squash court, sauna, gymnasium, jogging tracks, kindergarten, cafeteria and convenience stores.

295 housing projects completed BT 02/10/1998
A TOTAL of 295 housing projects which were abandoned over the past 15 years have been completed and were now ready for occupation, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. He said the projects were revived at an estimated cost of about RM2.9 billion financed either by the Government through the Abandoned Housing Project Rehabilitation Fund or taken over by new developers.

`No housing projects abandoned' NST 02/10/1998
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - No housing projects have been categorised as "abandoned" since the economic downturn. This is due to the requirement that all developers maintain a housing development account from August 1991.

Angry house buyers refuse to pay 07/10/1998 MM
THE DEVELOPER of a housing scheme in Cheras will attempt again to get residents to pay for their land titles after having failed to get them to do so earlier. Residents received their second reminders last week.

Sinkholes showing up again 09/10/1998 NST
IPOH, Thurs. - Sinkholes have started appearing again in Bukit Merah, near here, causing fear among the 5,000 residents. Datuk Bandar Datuk Talaat Husain has advised the residents to be careful and to keep a lookout for the sinkholes following four incidents in the village over the last four days.

Alarmed over lack of work at condo site10/10/1998 MM
KONG BENG and his family have been visiting the construction site of Washington Tower condominium in Jalan Klang Lama hoping to see progress since work started in October 1994. But when they visited the site early this month, there was no sign of work, leading him to believe the project may have been abandoned.

Alarmed over lack of work at condo site 10/10/1998 MM By Badrolhisham Bidin; Azlan Ramli
KONG BENG and his family have been visiting the construction site of Washington Tower condominium in Jalan Klang Lama hoping to see progress since work started in October 1994. But when they visited the site early this month, there was no sign of work, leading him to believe the project may have been abandoned.

CF: Tackle it once and for all 11/10/1998 NST
Come Jan 10, it will be exactly three years since the enforcement of the Cabinet ruling that all local authorities issue the certificate of fitness within 14 days once a building meets all the structural and legal requirements.

Building their way out 13/10/1998 MM
FOUR cash-strapped developers in Petaling Jaya are offering property to offset their infrastructure contributions - a contra deal that, if accepted, will set a worrying precedent. Such contributions are compulsory and are meant to help the local authority build roads and drains to support the developers' projects and thereby enhance their value.

Complaints on defects must be in writing 13/10/1998 MM
HISHAM, of the Sri Mahligai Apartments in Section 9, Shah Alam hopes the apartment's developers will be reasonable towards unit owners. He bought his unit in 1996 and claims that the developers did not provide with what was stipulated in the sale and purchase agreement, namely quality service.

Water supply: Council to meet developers 17/10/1998 MM
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council will meet with the developer of Section 5 Puchong Industrial Park to discuss the plight of some 200 factories which have been without water supply since 1996. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct 22.

S'gor to consider issuing CFs early 22/10/1998  BT
SELANGOR is looking into issuing the certificate of fitness (CF) to developers despite the incompletion of infrastructure facilities, Menteri Besar Datuk Abu Hassan Omar said yesterday. However, developers will be required to put up assets in the form of collaterals, to the respective local authorities, which are equivalent in value to the incompleted infrastructure, he said.

Calls for prompt action to solve host of problems 25/10/1998 NSUNT
RESIDENTS of Padang Serai have a host of problems which they are hoping their elected representatives will solve. Two grouses which residents want prompt action on is the lack of public telephones and the need for a fire and rescue station.

Developer urged to resume project 26/10/1998  NST-LTIMES
ABOUT 174 buyers of units at the Le Chateau Condominium Phase 11 project off Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Kuala Lumpur, want the developer to complete the units which were abandoned in 1995. They claimed the developer, Zamrud Properties Sdn Bhd, had done nothing to the units which were 80 per cent completed when work stopped.

Ministry blacklists builders
27/10/1998 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has blacklisted developers who frequently fail to complete housing projects satisfactorily, Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday. He said although the ministry is not legally obliged to do that, it did so to ensure that house buyers did not face problems over the unsatisfacatory condition of the house they purchase. "We have received many complaints about this and usually we try to resolve them by getting the two sides to negotiate," he said after launching the sale of low and medium-cost houses at Bandar Penggiran Subang, in Shah Alam. - Bernama

Up in arms over shoddy treatment 28/10/1998 MM
BUYERS of Le Chateau luxury apartments in Jalan Syed Putra, who demonstrated on Sunday to urge the developer to complete the abandoned project, are also angry that the apartments are not being maintained by the management. Some of the 174 buyers have already moved into Phase One for which temporary certificates of fitness (CF) expired last year.

`No' to land title payment 29/10/1998 MM
TAMAN GEMILANG houseowners who were asked by the developer to pay for their land titles have found out that deeds have already been issued by the Land Office recently. The buyers who have resisted any form of payment as provided for in their Sale & Purchase agreement now question the developer's motive in asking for the payment for the scheme in Cheras.

 

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