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(1999)
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Cheer for factory buyers 01/05/1999 By Dennis Chua MM
WHEN businessmen who bought factory lots in Taman Perindustrian Korakyat (formerly Taman Perindustrian Subang Mewah) found out in 1997 that the project had been abandoned, they felt as if darkness had descended upon them. Following a meeting between the buyers' pro-tem committee, the local council and representatives of the project's current managers, many of them now see light at the end of the tunnel.

Abandoned project set for revival 01/05/1999 NST-LTIMES By Subashini Nair
ARTHUR Anderson and Co, which has been appointed the receiver and manager of the abandoned Korakyat Industrial Park project (known previously as Subang Mewah Industrial Park), has given an assurance to the 478 buyers of the factory units that it will do its best to revive the project. Its corporate recovery manager Aaron Loh, who said this yesterday, added that it was the intention of the company to revive the project and to complete it on time.

Projek terbengkalai dijangka dapat diteruskan  01/05/1999 BH
KUANTAN, Jumaat - Kerajaan Pahang yakin beberapa projek terbengkalai dan dijangka untuk ditangguhkan ekoran krisis ekonomi, dapat dilaksanakan berikutan penambahan sebanyak RM22 bilion, bagi keseluruhan peruntukan Rancangan Malaysia Ketujuh (RM-7). Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Mohd Khalil Yaakob, berkata kebanyakan projek yang dikenal pasti terbabit di negeri ini, termasuk perumahan, pertanian dan infrastruktur.

Why issuing of CFs is often delayed 02/05/1999 NSUNT By Shaik Osman Majid
BUYING a house is a headache for many. They would have to search out affordable units, run around to arrange loans and then commute regularly to the project sites to monitor the progress of construction. When the houses are completed, some buyers of properties in specific projects face an even greater headache, a heartache to be sure. They cannot move in for the simple reason that the units have not been issued with the certificate of fitness that attest the dwellings to be livable

Bangunan terbiar biak nyamuk 03/05/1999 HM
JOHOR BAHRU: Sebuah bangunan terbengkalai di Jalan Lumba Kuda di sini, didakwa menjadi sarang pembiakan nyamuk dan mengancam keselamatan penduduk berhampiran. Projek pembinaan bangunan untuk tujuan komersil dan terbengkalai sejak setahun lalu itu dikatakan dipenuhi air yang menjadi tempat pembiakan nyamuk.

Konsep bina dan jual atasi masalah terbengkalai 05/05/1999 BH By Hatipah Ahmad
KONSEP pemasaran `bina dan jual' dikenal pasti berupaya memangkinkan semula jualan projek hartanah yang terbengkalai, kata Pengarah Gantian kepada Presiden Persekutuan Hartanah Antarabangsa (FIABCI) bahagian Malaysia, Senator Tee Thiong Hock. Katanya, ini kerana pembeli sekarang lebih berminat pada hartanah yang sudah siap dan pada masa yang sama, mahu memastikan keselamatan ke atas pelaburan mereka terjamin.

Police to act 06/05/1999 MM
WHAT'S going on here? Five months ago, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the Ministry could not act against a company which had collected deposits from housebuyers despite not having a licence.

Still no sign of title deed to his house  06/05/1999 MM
* TAN of Bandar Baru in Sentul says he has yet to receive the ownership title to his double-storey house, which he bought four years ago. "I have made all the payments on the house and it is rightfully mine. However, but the developer has not given me the title deed," he adds.

Social facilities may be made compulsory 06/05/1999 BT
THE Government is studying the possibility of making it compulsory for housing developers to build social facilities such as community centres and parks instead of just allocating the space for them in their projects. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday at present under the law they were only required to set aside land for the building of schools, clinics and other social facilities while the local authorities erected these facilities.

Wajib pemaju sedia kemudahan 06/05/1999 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan sedang mengkaji kemungkinan mewajibkan pemaju perumahan menyediakan kemudahan sosial seperti dewan orang ramai dan taman rekreasi bagi mengelakkan kawasan lapang disediakan terbiar begitu sahaja. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata pihak pemaju kini disyaratkan menyediakan kawasan lapang sahaja untuk tujuan pembinaan sekolah, klinik dan kemudahan sosial lain tetapi terserah kepada pihak berkuasa majlis tempatan membina kemudahan itu.

Over 50pc of land for social amenities yet to be gazetted 06/05/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - More than 50 per cent of total open spaces allocated by housing developers to build social amenities in residential areas have yet to be gazetted for such purpose by local governments. This is despite public outcry that land earmarked for sports and recreation has either not been gazetted or been re-gazetted for commercial development.

Apartments in danger of `sinking' 06/05/1999 MM
CHECK the apartments immediately! This request is from the Shah Alam Municipal Council to the Selangor State Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) following claims by residents that their five-storey apartment block in Section 24, Shah Alam is sinking.

Monitoring progress of projects  06/05/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Ministers have been instructed to meet senior officials in their ministries twice weekly to discuss the progress of projects and solve problems of delay. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the directive was given to ministers during last week's Cabinet meeting.

Bylaw to ensure CF in two weeks 07/05/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The building bylaws will be amended to ensure certificate of fitness will be issued to projects within two weeks after submission of applications.

Residents get aid to repair homes 07/05/1999 MM
SEVENTY-SIX residents from Section One of Taman Seri Duyong in Malacca received a total of RM173,000 from Yayasan Melaka to repair their homes. The contribution was presented by State Committee chairman for Manpower, Health and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Wira Gan Boon Leong, at the home of one of the residents on Wednesday night.

Projek pendidikan terbengkalai  08/05/1999 BH By Zaharah Manan
KUANTAN, Jumaat - Pelbagai projek pembangunan pendidikan yang diluluskan di daerah Lipis bernilai lebih RM100 juta, masih terbengkalai dan gagal disiapkan pelaksanaannya pada tempoh ditetapkan. Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) kawasan Padang Tengku, Abdul Fatah Abdullah, berkata antara projek itu, termasuk Maktab Perguruan Kuala Lipis (MPKL) bernilai RM60 juta dan pembinaan bangunan tambahan asrama serta sekolah.

Solve CF issue at the root 09/05/1999 NST Editorial Voice
A spontaneous reaction to last Friday's headline "Bylaw to ensure CF in two weeks" is that we have heard it all before. Indeed, we have.

Developers urged to build, then sell to ensure quality  10/05/1999 NST
THE Government encourages developers to build then sell in order to maintain the quality of houses and high-rise buildings like condominiums, apartments and flats. Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid said on Saturday the sell then build system was open to abuse by developers.

HDA kaji projek terbengkalai 11/05/1999 HM
KUANTAN: Kerajaan Pahang melalui Unit Perumahan mengarahkan Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan Malaysia (HDA) membuat kajian ke atas projek perumahan terbengkalai di negeri ini. Selain itu, projek pembinaan yang diberhentikan buat sementara waktu dan projek yang masih dalam pembinaan dan menghadapi masalah turut diminta dimaklumkan kepada kerajaan negeri.

Worry over flooded basement in abandoned project  12/05/1999 MM By Alina Simon
EXCUSE me. Is this Venice? Recreating the famous Italian lagoon city is not what the developer of this abandoned project (picture) in Taman Seri Sentosa, Jalan Kelang Lama, had in mind.

Pasukan khas kumpul maklumat projek terbengkalai 12/05/1999 BH
GEORGETOWN, Selasa - Kerajaan negeri kini menubuhkan pasukan petugas khas bagi mengumpul maklumat serta
merangka startegi berkesan bagi mengerakkan semula pembinaan projek rumah kos rendah dan sederhana rendah yang terbengkalai di negeri ini. Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, berkata pasukan itu merangkumi pegawai daripada Tabung Perumahan Projek Terbengkalai (TPPT) Kementerian Kewangan dan pegawai pengkuat kuasa Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan.

Exploring ways to revive abandoned housing schemes 12/05/1999 NST
PENANG, Tues. - The State Government is exploring ways to revive 21 low- cost housing schemes, undertaken by the private sector, that have been abandoned since 1997. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the State Government wanted to facilitate the completion of these projects involving 5,381 units with the help of the Finance Ministry, Bank Negara, the Housing and Local Government Ministry and financial institutions.

CF in two weeks! 12/05/1999 MM By Yeoh Oon Chuan
HOME owners need not worry about waiting long periods for the Certificate of Fitness (CF) to their properties anymore. From next month, the Housing and Local Government Ministry will enforce the two-week waiting period for CFs.

Task force to revive abandoned housing projects 12/05/1999 BT
PENANG has set up a task force to save low- and low-medium-cost housing projects that have been or may be abandoned due to the current economic crisis. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said yesterday the force, headed by his deputy, Datuk Mohamed Shariff Omar, and comprising several other state executive councillors, was tasked with gathering information on the problems faced by house-buyers.

Kerajaan perlu awasi projek perumahan 13/05/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Kerajaan diminta sentiasa memantau projek perumahan yang terbabit dalam kempen Pemilikan Rumah 1999 bagi mengelakkan pengguna ditipu. Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pengguna Islam, Dr Maamor Osman, berkata kementerian berkenaan perlu memastikan pemaju yang menyertai kempen itu, tidak mempunyai masalah sebelum ini.

Progress reports required from housing developers  13/05/1999 NST
ALL housing developers will soon be required to submit information on the development of their projects to the National Property Information Unit. This is intended to update investors and the public on the current state of the local property market.

Ministry's attitude to housing woes criticised 15/05/1999 The Sun
Petaling Jaya, Fri: The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (FOMCA) is unhappy with the Housing and Local Government Ministry's lackadaisical attitude to consumers' housing problems.

Housing revival by State a good move  15/05/1999 NST-LTIMES By A. Kathirasen
IT is good to know that the Penang Government is exploring ways to revive abandoned low cost and low-medium cost housing schemes and that it plans to build its own low-cost schemes. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said on Tuesday that 21 low cost housing schemes, undertaken by the private sector, had been identified for possible revival.

Developer of Bukit Sg Kayu Putih charged 15/05/1999 NST By Satwant Singh
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Developer Kemajuan Bukit Segar Sdn Bhd was charged in the Ampang magistrate's court today with failing to comply with a notice issued by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council in connection with the restoration of its silt traps. Formerly known as G-Two Assets Sdn Bhd, the company which was represented by its operations director Mohd Hanif Hassan pleaded not guilty to the offence. Magistrate Syed Faisal Syed Amir fixed hearing for July 23.

Residents call for a meeting  17/05/1999 MM
ENOUGH is enough. That is how fed-up residents of Taman Gemilang, Cheras are about the withholding of land titles to their homes by developer Metro ADC Sdn Bhd

Have we forgotten so soon? 17/05/1999 MM By Terence Fernandez
GRIM images of the Highland Towers tragedy in 1993 came back to haunt residents of Bukit Antarabangsa and Ukay Heights last Saturday morning, following a massive landslide. Known for our "short" memory and hangat-hangat tahi ayam nature, we have quickly forgotten the 48 lives lost when the 12-storey Block B collapsed on the afternoon of Dec 11, 1993.

Kerajaan rancang bantu penduduk terbabit tragedi 17/05/1999 BH
GOPENG, Ahad - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan akan mengambil langkah perlu bagi membantu lebih 10,000 penduduk di tujuh taman di sekitar Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu Klang, Selangor yang diancam kejadian tanah runtuh awal pagi semalam. Menterinya, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata walaupun isu itu kini ditangani Kerajaan Selangor tetapi kementerian akan turut membantu usaha itu kerana kejadian itu membabitkan kawasan perumahan.

Resident was given assurance of hill's safety 18/05/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Like many of his fellow residents at the Atheneum On The Peak condominum, Dr Juhani Murros is angry at having to evacuate his home, especially after getting assurance from the developer five years ago that the hill was safe.

28 Penang housing projects abandoned 19/05/1999  BT
TWENTY-eight housing projects involving 7,668 houses were abandoned in Penang between 1997 and 1998, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Shariff Omar said yesterday.

156 Buyers Still Waiting For Their Homes After 12 Years 19/05/1999 Utusan
SLIM RIVER May 18 - Former estate worker P. Arumugam took out his life savings to stay in his own house after retiring.

Decision on Wangsa Heights safety today 19/05/1999 NST  By Patrick Sennyah
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Wangsa Heights condominium residents forced to evacuate after the authorities declared the whole area critically unstable can return to their homes tomorrow geological if expert reports say the place is safe. State Executive Councillor Datuk Fuad Hassan said the experts would meet at 2pm tomorrow to discuss results of preliminary soil tests and view development plans submitted by developers.

Condos still considered `unsafe' 19/05/1999 MM
JUST how safe the Athenaeum On the Peak and Wangsa Heights condominiums are will be known in the next few days - after experts assess the structural plans of the buildings. For now, the condominiums are still considered unsafe.

Action against 163 developers 21/05/1999 NST
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has taken action against 163 developers for false advertisements in contravention of the Housing Developers Act 1966, Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said. He said 78 developers had been prosecuted and another 85 were given warnings. Under the Housing Developers Regulation (Licensing) 1989, licensed housing developers must get approval from the Ministry before advertising their projects. Last year, 653 licences and 622 permits were approved. He said this in a written reply to a question by Rosli Mat Hassan.

No time limit on temporary certificate-of-fitness 21/05/1999 MM
WHAT is a temporary certificate-of-fitness and what is its life span? The TCF and its role usually surfaces whenever there is a controversy and the latest involves the Atheneaum On The Peak condominium in Bukit Antarabangsa.

Apartment dwellers feeling very jittery 21/05/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Residents of Segar Apartments in Taman Segar, Cheras, now become jittery whenever it rains heavily in the area. Their anxiety started when a slope near one of the eight-storey apartment blocks collapsed last Wednesday. Various newspaper reports of landslides at Bukit Antarabangsa in Ampang have only heightened their fears.

Koperasi cari kontraktor baru  21/05/1999 BH By Jamaludin Husin
MUAR, Khamis - Koperasi Kakitangan Kerajaan Muar Berhad sedang mencari syarikat kontraktor berwibawa bagi
meneruskan kerja membina projek rumah kos rendah koperasi itu di Jalan Kampung Tengah, Bakri, di sini yang terbengkalai sejak lapan tahun lalu. Projek bernilai kira-kira RM3 juta mengandungi 118 unit rumah kos rendah itu khusus untuk ahli terdiri daripada kakitangan berpendapatan rendah dengan harga jualan RM25,000 seunit.

Kerajaan sambut baik langkah pemaju 22/05/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Kerajaan mengalu-alukan pemaju perumahan memilih konsep siap kemudian jual berbanding jual kemudian bina bagi mengurangkan risiko pembeli jika projek terbengkalai tetapi belum bercadang menjadikannya syarat wajib. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata walaupun ia dapat mengurangkan masalah berkaitan sijil kelayakan menduduki (CF), sektor pembinaan tempatan belum bersedia menerima pakai kaedah itu.

Ting: Certification used as basis for CFs 22/05/1999 NST
KAJANG, Fri. - Local authorities have little choice but to rely on certification of compliance by private architects, engineers and project supervisors because they do not have the expertise to vet the technical details of project proposals. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said these professionals would consequently be fined or imprisoned if they were found responsible for the collapse of any building.

Builders need not use new mode yet 22/05/1999  NST
KAJANG, Fri. - The Government does not intend to force housing developers to use the build-and-sell method in the near future, Housing and Local Government Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. He said both this concept as well as the progressive payment arrangement, which was currently used, had respective advantages and could be used concurrently until a decision was made later.

Kedai tak siap kena ceroboh 24/05/1999 HM By Hadzlan Hassan
KAJANG: Beberapa blok rumah kedai yang terbengkalai berhampiran Taman Cuepacs, di sini, didapati dicerobohi dan
dijadikan pelbagai premis perniagaan termasuk pusat permainan mesin slot video berunsur judi. Kegiatan itu dikesan
berhampiran Jalan Emas 5 dan Jalan Alam Jaya 19, manakala Jalan Alam Jaya 21 turut kelihatan terbiar sekaligus
menimbulkan keraguan mengenai status bangunan itu.

More reports lodged against Crystal Land 26/05/1999  MM
MORE police reports have been lodged against Cristal Land (M) Sdn Bhd for its failure to refund house-buyers the deposits they paid for non-existent low-cost flats. The latest report was made three days ago when the buyers found the company's office in Pandan Indah closed.

Athenaeum folk in limbo for two months 27/05/1999 NST
SHAH ALAM, Wed. - The authorities hope to be able to declare in two months whether the Athenaeum On The Peak is safe for the 99 families, who were evacuated following a landslide on May 15, to return. Should the study currently being conducted reveal that remedial work is needed to strengthen the structure the residents, who have been staying in hotels or with relatives, may have to wait a further six months.

`Monitor projects on ex-mining land' 27/05/1999 MM
THE Petaling Jaya Municipal Council has been urged to monitor all development projects on former mining land and swamp areas in Petaling Jaya to prevent geological problems. Councillor and Kelana Jaya State Assemblyman Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad Dahalan said all structures in Jalan Klang Lama, Kampung Penaga, Taman Desaria, Kampung Datuk Hormat and Kelana Jaya are built on former mining and swamp areas.

Bungalows and condos ready for occupancy 27/05/1999 MM
BUYERS looking for a condominium unit or a bungalow should check out the Sungai Long units which are completed and waiting to be occupied. Built under the build-and-sell concept or as the developer calls it, "Siap & Sedia", more than 1,000 units under a range of prices is on offer.

What whip? 28/05/1999 MM
WHY did the Housing and Local Government Ministry extend the 30-day ultimatum given to the developer of the Le Chateau condominium? This is the question troubling buyers and residents of the condo in Jalan Syed Putra Kiri, Kuala Lumpur.

Condo buyers apply for TCF  29/05/1999 MM
IN an unprecedented move, buyers of Le Chateau Condiminiums Phase Two in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri have applied for a Temporary Certificate of Fitness (TCF) from City Hall themselves. The buyers, represented by the Le Chateau pro tem committee, submitted their application to a City Hall representative yesterday. This is the first time buyers have applied for the TCF. It is usually done by the developers.

Waiting in vain for CF 29/05/1999 MM
FOR three years, 32 families at the medium cost Sri Sentul flats have been trying to get the certificate of fitness (CF) for their homes. The four-storey two-room walk-up flats at Jalan Sentul Sehaluan was built four years ago to relocate squatters from Sentul Park.

EPF cheer for buyers of houses that were never built 31/05/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - In 1987, 92 people withdrew part of their Employees' Provident Fund savings to buy houses in Slim River, Perak. Twelve years later, they are still without a home of their own. But now, thanks to the EPF, the 92 people, many of them estate workers, will be allowed to withdraw their life savings for a second time to purchase a house.

No CF, so he can't move in 31/05/1999 MM
THE delay in getting the cerfificate of fitness (CF) for his new house in Section Two, Bandar Utama Batang Kali is making Mokh see red. "It is just too much because I am already servicing the bank loan and yet I'm still waiting to move into my new home," he says

KWSP akhiri masalah pembeli rumah  31/05/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Ahad - Pada 1987, seramai 92 orang, kebanyakannya pekerja ladang, mengeluarkan wang daripada Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) untuk membeli rumah di Slim River, Perak, tetapi hampir 12 tahun telah berlalu, mereka masih tidak mempunyai rumah sendiri. Sekarang, terima kasih kepada KWSP, mereka dibenarkan untuk mengeluarkan wang sekali lagi untuk membeli rumah.

 

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