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(1998)
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Residents want land titles in 2 weeks 02/11/1998 MM 
RESIDENTS have given the developer of Taman Gemilang two weeks to hand over the land titles for their houses. The ultimatum was issued during a two-hour meeting last Saturday arranged by Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai. However, Residents Action Committee chairman C.F. Chan declined to reveal their next course of action.

Cracks on limestone hill poses danger 03/11/1998 NST
IPOH, Mon. - Residents in Taman Chandan Desa live in daily fear that a limestone hill behind their houses may collapse following recent heavy rain. They say several cracks have appeared on the face of the limestone outcrop and that the danger was very real.

Dream of moving into new home dashed  04/11/1998 MM
RAJINDER SINGH was hopeful that he would be able to move into his new apartment once the temporary certificate of fitness (TCF) was issued by the local authorities. However, he was to be disappointed. When he visited his unit at the Idaman Suria Apartments in Setapak, he found that all the 694 units were without electricity and water supply.

Condo hostel 04/11/1998 MM
AFTER eight months, buyers of the Tiara Kelana condominium in Kelana Jaya are yet to get their Certificate of Fitness. And now they have been dealt a second blow - one of the five-storey blocks has been converted into a hostel for students. They said 40 of the 332 units will now house more than 500 college students who will also have full access to the facilities.

List grouses, residents near limestone hill told 06/11/1998 NST
IPOH, Thurs. - Residents of Taman Chandan Desa, who are living in fear following the appearance of cracks in the towering limestone hill nearby, have been asked to prepare a memorandum on their grouses for the State Government.

High-rise con job 08/11/1998 NSUNT-STYLE
LIVING the good life supposedly rests on a bedrock of four C's - car, career, credit card and condominium. It's a catchily glib formula, but it frays to pieces when it comes to the condo bit. Most apartments here that try to pass themselves off as "condominiums" - which theoretically keep tenants hermetically sealed up in walled elegance from the squalid streets - are about as genuine as a Petaling Street wristwatch.

Condo buyers confused 09/11/1998 MM
CONFLICTING statements from the authorities on the status of Phase One of the Gurney Heights Condominium project has caused confusion among buyers. The confusion started when the buyers were informed through a Oct 30 letter from the Housing and Local Government Ministry that the project had been classified as "abandoned."

All cracked up 14/11/1998 MM
AT least 10 light-industrial factories in Subang Square are seriously cracking up. Blaming ground water pumping by a factory a kilometre away, the owners of the damaged buildings fear imminent collapse if nothing is done to stop the deterioration.

Tougher penalties for errant developers 16/11/1998 NST
Kuala Lumpur, Sun The Housing and Local Government Ministry will increase the existing penalties for offences committed by developers against unsuspecting housebuyers.

`Submit estimates of damages' 17/11/1998 MM
OWNERS of light industrial factories in Subang Square, which are in danger of collapsing after big cracks started to appear on the building structures, can submit to the area's developer estimates of the damages caused due to soil depression. A spokesman for the developer, Mega-Move Sdn Bhd, said it was also trying to to trace some of the owners who had left their lots vacant.

Question mark over CF 18/11/1998 MM
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) is looking into several legal aspects before revoking the temporary certificate of fitness (CF) for a condominium unit converted into a hostel at the Tiara Kelana condominium in Kelana Jaya. It might also consider not issuing a permanent CF because the owner had violated planning requirements on population density for condominiums.

Council may revoke condo's temporary CF 18/11/1998 NST-LTIMES
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council may revoke the temporary Certificate of Fitness (CF) for the Tiara Kelana condominium in Kelana Jaya as its agreement with the developer that the units only be used for residential purposes has been breached. Forty of the 322 units were sold by the developer, Maple Resources Sdn Bhd, to Malaysian Assurance Alliance (MAA), which converted them into hostels for 500 college students.

Falling boulder, rocks destroy part of house 18/11/1998 NST
PENANG, Tues. - A massive boulder and rocks weighing nearly 3,000kg fell from a nearby hillock and crashed into the house of a civil servant in Khoo Hye Keat Estate in Air Itam about 5am today. Fortunately Penang Water Authority employee T. Vijayakumar, 38, and his six family members had vacated and moved to PBA quarters nearby on Sunday.

Leaking pipes in new home 19/11/1998 MM
KONG, who bought a house at the Green View Apartment in Taman Pusat Kepong, complains that the internal piping system is always leaking. He discovered this problem after collecting the keys from the developer, MBf Building Management Sdn Bhd.

When dreams go wrong 19/11/1998 The Sun
Condominiums are supposed to epitomise all that the sophisticated and discerning house-buyers seeks, but it's not always what it seems, writes Irene Leong. Many dream of owning a high-rise home that comes with features like security, parking, swimming pool and gym. The advertisements that sell the dream always sound so good and the picture they painted, oh, so exciting, but in reality, condo-living is not always a bed of roses.

Ordinance to protect Sarawak house buyers and developers  22/11/1998  NSUNT
KUCHING, Sat. - The State Housing Ministry will implement the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Ordinance 1993 from Jan 1 to protect the interests of both buyers and developers. Its Minister Datuk Celestine Ujang advised buyers to deal only with licensed developers to safeguard their interests.

Developers warned not to breach Act 23/11/1998 NST
SEPANG, Sun. - Housing developers can be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed for not more than three years or both if they collect deposits or booking fees from purchasers without first signing the sales and purchase agreement. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said developers who took such deposits would be charged with breach of provisions in the Housing Developers Act 1966 and the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1989.

Home owners protest against developer over delay in CFs  MM 23/11/1998 By Yeoh Oon Chuan
CHANTING `We want our homes', 50 demonstrators staged a peaceful protest at the Le Chateau luxury apartments off Jalan Syed Putra yesterday morning against developer Zamrud Properties Sdn Bhd. The demonstration was the second following the one last month by Phase One owners who had waited since 1991 for their homes to be given a Certificate of Fitness, and those of Phase Two whose blocks had been abandoned since 1994.

Families given notice to evacuate 24/11/1998 NST
IPOH, Mon. - The 21 families whose houses are being threatened by an unsafe limestone hill at Taman Chandan Desa here, have been issued notices to evacuate within two weeks and with letters of offer to live in flats. Deputy State Secretary Dr Ahmad Salludin Dali said today the State is offering the affected families accommodation in flats at Taman Tan Sri Ghazali Jawi and Pasir Puteh in the city.

Appeal to pump out water from worksite 28/11/1998 NST-LTIMES
KUALA Lumpur City Hall has been urged to pump out the 10-metre deep pool of water that has collected over the past year at the underground parking floors of the abandoned Kepong Capital Light Industrial Project. MCA Kepong Elite Squad member Yee Poh Ping said residents feared the surrounding area may be flooded during heavy rain.

 

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