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Kondo Rakyat buyers hit out at City Hall 05/04/1999 NST-LTIMES
FEELING cheated in more than one way, Kondo Rakyat Desa Pantai house owners will stick to their decision not to give in to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall's demand for maintenance fee deposit. They want the City Hall to fulfil its promises made to them when they signed the sales and purchase agreement, among which were the issuance of strata title, construction of a community hall and other facilities.

Cracking up! 07/04/1999 MM
FIVE house-owners have fled while another nine are hoping that they will not have to lose their homes. This is the sad situation faced by several house-owners along Jalan 1/2 of Desa Pinggiran Batu Caves.

Property developers to discuss new strategy at forum 08/04/1999 NST
MALAYSIAN property developers and related professionals will be able to discuss and debate various issues related to introducing the "build and sell" concept against the current practice of "sell and build". The International Real Estate Federation (Fiabci) Malaysian Chapter will organise a one-day roundtable forum on this matter on May 8 at Subang Sheraton Hotel in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Engineer: Cracks seen on walls built on hillslopes 08/04/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The rubble walls built behind and in front of Block Two of the Highland Towers had several cracks, a former manager of a firm of consulting engineers told the High Court here today. Han King Guan, formerly of Dames & Moore (M) Sdn Bhd, said he also saw timber supporting the rubble walls when he visited the site the second time, on Jan 18, 1994.

A houseowner's worst nightmare 08/04/1999 MM
A. KHRISNASAMY's worst fears are not over yet. The earth literally moves under his feet every time it rains. Cracks on the walls of his home are also getting bigger by the day. Although minor repairs have been carried out, the retired headmaster is still unhappy.

Pembeli tuntut pampasan 08/04/1999 HM
SHAH ALAM: Kira-kira 60 pemilik rumah di Taman Sri Baiduri, Fasa K2, di sini, memberi tempoh tujuh hari kepada pemaju untuk menjelaskan pampasan berikutan apa yang mereka dakwa kegagalan pemaju menyiapkan rumah dengan sempurna. Mereka mendakwa rumah berharga antara RM300,000 hingga RM600,000 seunit itu menghadapi pelbagai masalah dan kelemahan sejak diserahkan kepada pembeli, November tahun lalu.

Developer to subsidise rentals 08/04/1999 MM
THE developer insists it is not its fault that some houses in Jalan 1/2, Desa Pinggiran Batu Caves have cracked and are sinking. But it will subsidise the rentals that the affected houseowners will have to pay now. A spokesman for Jurubina Tenaga Sdn Bhd said it is hiring a geo- technical consultant to investigate the cause of the damage to the houses.

FIABCI anjur forum konsep bina, jual BH 08/04/1999
DALAM satu langkah yang dilihat sebagai usaha menangani tindakan pemaju tidak bertanggungjawab, Persekutuan Hartanah Antarabangsa (FIABCI) bahagian Malaysia akan menganjurkan perbincangan meja bulat terbuka mengenai konsep bina dan jual pada 8 Mei ini. Konsep bina dan jual yang diperbincangkan bagi melindungi pembeli rumah daripada pemaju yang membiarkan projek mereka terbengkalai selepas menerima bayaran.

Siasat projek terbiar 08/04/1999 HM By Manan Samad
KEPONG: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) diminta menyiasat penangguhan projek pelebaran jambatan Sungai Keroh yang sepatutnya disiapkan pada Ogos 1997. Ini kerana penangguhan projek itu menyebabkan kesesakan lalu lintas di Jalan Kepong sejak dua tahun lalu, selain banjir kilat di sekitar tapak projek setiap kali hujan lebat.

Rumah tak siap, ansuran kena bayar 08/04/1999 HM By Hamid Karim; Ahmad Saufi Mansor
RAHIM Rahmat dari Kulai, mengadu dibebani hutang bank kerana terpaksa membayar ansuran bulanan kerana membeli sebuah rumah murah di sebuah taman perumahan di Kulai, Johor. Bagaimanapun, taman itu kini terbengkalai walaupun dibina sejak 1985 menyebabkan ramai lagi pembeli dibebani hutang.

Strata titles for City Hall housing schemes 09/04/1999 MM
THE first batch of buyers under City Hall's housing scheme will receive their individual strata titles by the end of this year. Its director-general Datuk Noordin Abdul Razak (right) said the first batch were the Phase Eight and Phase Nine housing scheme house-buyers.

Playing it safe 10/04/1999 MM
DESPITE assurances that the 290 houses in Section 24, Shah Alam, are still safe, the Selangor State Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) is not taking any chances. They have engaged an independant consultant to inspect the houses and will take steps to rectify any faults.

 748 pemaju hadapi tuduhan 11/04/1999 BM
KUALA LUMPUR: Sebanyak 748 kes membabitkan pelbagai kesalahan yang dilakukan oleh pemaju perumahan sudah dibawa ke mahkamah dalam tempoh lima tahun lalu, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh. Beliau berkata, 167 kes dibawa ke mahkamah pada 1994, 1995 (233 kes), 1996 (128 kes), 1997 (142 kes) dan 1998 (78 kes).

Pembeli rumah harap projek diteruskan 12/04/1999 BH By Lebai Dugong
KAMI warga Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM) Cawangan Melaka gembira dengan kemenangan Barisan Nasional (BN) pada pilihan raya Sabah baru-baru ini. Lebih menggembirakan dengan kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang mengarahkan semua projek perumahan yang terbengkalai mesti diambil tindakan dan ditangani segera. Ini bagi mengelakkan kemarahan rakyat kepada kerajaan BN.

Castle in the air 16/04/1999 MM
THEY have invested so much in the condominium and yet for the past four years, all they have been doing is fighting to move in. Their apartments are ready but City Hall will not issue certificates of fitness for occupation.

All smiles for Lembah Maju folk 17/04/1999 MM
AFTER having waited for the Temporary Certificate of Fitness (TCF) for eight months, 600 buyers of five-storey apartment units in Taman Lembah Maju, Ampang, can now afford to smile. The developer, Ekabina Sdn Bhd, announced it would build the bridge across Sungai Kerayong that separates Taman Lembah Maju and Pandan Indah

Lodge police report, cheated housebuyers told 19/04/1999 BT
HOUSE owners in a scheme in Penang who were allegedly given vacant possession although the houses were not completed have been advised to lodge a police report against the developer. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the ministry gave the advice after receiving a complaint from the owners recently.

Don't delay issuing strata title, City Hall urged 19/04/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun - City Hall should speed up issuing strata titles for high-rise apartments to enable unit owners to look after their own property. It's advisory council member Ng Lip Yoong said the delay in processing individual strata titles has

Developer should get CF for condo owners 19/04/1999 NST
I am a purchaser of a condominium lot in Kuala Lumpur and have just been handed the keys to my unit. What seems to be unfair, however, is that despite the keys to the apartment being given, I am not allowed to move in until the CF (certificate of fitness for occupation) has been granted.

Arkitek perlu ikut syarat pembinaan 19/04/1999 BH By Jalal Ali Abdul Rahim
GOPENG, Ahad - Arkitek dan penyelia projek perumahan diberi amaran supaya tidak menipu ketika melaksanakan tugas sebaliknya mengikuti setiap syarat terkandung dalam Undang-Undang Kecil Bangunan Seragam 1984, demi menjaga kepentingan pembeli. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata arkitek dan penyelia adalah mereka yang memastikan pelaksanaan keseluruhan projek dan bertanggungjawab jika berlaku kecacatan pada rumah atau masalah lain berkaitan.

Complain against developers 20/04/1999 NST
GOPENG, Mon. - Purchasers are urged to lodge complaints or reports about their newly-completed homes if developers do not meet their obligations. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said it was necessary for the public to come forward to highlight such issues.

`City Hall does not issue strata titles' 21/04/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - City Hall advisory board member Ng Lip Yong today clarified that City Hall, as developer of high-rise apartments, was the applicant for strata titles, not the authority issuing them. "City Hall is not, and has never been, the issuing authority of strata titles," he said in a letter clarifying a report on the third annual general meeting of the Sentul Utara Residents' Association yesterday.

Fees rule enforced in 1996 21/04/1999 MM
HOUSE buyers not familiar with housing regulations would believe that conversion fees for a particular project must be paid before the construction starts. However, this is not so for those projects on which work commenced before Jan 1, 1996, as is the case with the Le Chateau condominiums in Jalan Syed Putra.

Mechanics fall for low-cost scam 23/04/1999  MM
THEY wanted spacious low-cost houses with gardens and could not wait to move out of their "stuffy little homes". And when a salesman approached them with an offer to sell low-cost units at only RM5,000 each, it seemed that their prayers had been answered

Meeting safety standards for buildings 25/04/1999 NSUNT
JUST how safe are our buildings? Some people, like Universiti Malaya lecturer Nofal Firhat Abdullah who was trained in project management, say there is nothing to worry about because our construction industry is required to abide by very high standards. Nofal says our buildings are very safe because the Malaysian Standard which is based on that of Britain requires structural support features such as beams to have a safety factor of 2 or 2.5. A beam with a safety factor of 2, he explains, is designed to take twice the load that it would actually be carrying.

Regular maintenance the key 25/04/1999 NSUNT
ACCORDING to government guidelines, high-rise buildings that are five storeys or higher are supposed to be inspected by a qualified engineer every 10 years to ensure that they are safe for occupation. But because this is only a guideline and has not been made mandatory, it is hardly ever done. Institution of Engineers Malaysia president Mohamed Mazlan says the organisation has been lobbying for mandatory building maintenance for a long time and hopes that the authorities move to enact legislation to that effect as soon as possible because so many high-rise buildings have been built in the last 10 years.

Ting cracks the whip 28/04/1999 MM
SOLVE your problems within 30 days or else... That's the ultimatum the Housing and Local Government Ministry has given a condominium developer whose buyers have waited four years now to move into their units.

Punish builders for shoddy work 29/04/1999 NST
BUILDINGS are constructed to last. Many monumental edifices have withstood the ravages of time and vagaries of the weather. Even more humble abodes and offices remain solid more than a century or two after they had been built. We have hundreds of these buildings all over the country, no worse due to wear and tear. These constructions are testimony to the skilled craft of designers and their workmen. This achievement is all the more laudable as they were constructed when building technology was relatively primitive

`Revive project' 29/04/1999 MM By Rosma Omar
SO near but yet so far. That's the feeling of the 478 buyers of factory lots at the Taman Perindustrian Subang Mewah Jaya project, which is about 90 per cent completed.

Isu pembinaan kilang diatasi  29/04/1999 HM
SUBANG JAYA: Masalah yang dihadapi kira-kira 400 pembeli bangunan kilang yang terbengkalai di Taman Perindustrian Subang Mewah, di sini, dijangka dapat diselesaikan tidak lama lagi. Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Subang Jaya, Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, berkata majlis perjumpaan antara pembeli dengan wakil Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan akan diadakan di pejabat Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ), esok.

Meeting over plight of 478 house buyers
29/04/1999 NST-LTIMES By Angela Rao
LOCAL Government and Housing Ministry officials from the abandoned projects unit will attend a meeting tomorrow to discuss the plight of more than 478 buyers of factory units at the abandoned Subang Mewah Industrial Park project in Subang Jaya. Subang Jaya State Assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said the developer, Korakyat Plantations Sdn Bhd, had stopped work since last year, leaving the buyers in debt as they had been paying more than RM5,000 in interest to service their loans since 1994.

Fortnightly reports on projects 30/04/1999  NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - In ensuring speedy completion of Government projects ranging from rural roads and bridges to low-cost houses, State Governments, ministries and agencies are now required to submit fortnightly progress reports.


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