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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1999)
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Unprecedented move 01/06/1999 MM
THE Datuk Bandar, Tan Sri Kamaruzzaman Shariff, has instructed City Hall's urban control department to study the application for a temporary certificate of fitness (TCF) for the Le Chateau condominium. An official from his office confirmed that Kamaruzzaman had received the application which was presented to him through one of his officials.

City Hall staff not around at briefing NST-LTIMES 03/06/1999
BUYERS of units in the stalled Block G of the Kolam Air Apartments in Kampung Kerinchi felt cheated on Monday when representatives from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall were not around to brief the MP for Lembah Pantai Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil on the project. Shahrizat was to have met City Hall's privatisation and joint venture unit deputy director Normah Malik for a briefing on the low cost project, a joint venture between KL City Hall and Kensinar Sdn Bhd.

Longer grace period to ensure condo project is completed 04/06/1999 MM
WE are not pandering to the developer. It is our move to have the project completed speedily. This is the Housing and Local Government Ministry's response to angry unit buyers and residents of the Le Chateau condominium project in Jalan Syed Putra Kiri, Kuala Lumpur.

Shock for couple as floor tiles `explode' in living room 04/06/1999 NST
MALACCA, Thurs. - A couple had their afternoon rest disrupted when the floor tiles of their living room mysteriously "exploded" shooting about a metre upwards yesterday. Residents of the Pangsapuri Aman flat, S. Anthony, 68 and his wife Lau Ah Lee, 60, who were the only ones in the living room at that time, were unhurt in the incident.

MP: CF freeze due to builders' fault 05/06/1999 The Star
Over 80% of developers of highrise housing in Kuala Lumpur do not follow approved building plans.

Consumer group wants to sue Ting 05/06/1999 The Sun
IPOH, Fri: The Perak Consumers Association (PCA) plans to sue the Housing and Local Government Minister for failing to act with due diligence in helping those who bought houses in the Taman Bandar Baru project in Slim River.

Le Chateau's last hurdle 06/06/1999 SUM
OWNERS of Le Chateau condominium Phase One and Two in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri in Kuala Lumpur, need to clear one more hurdle before they can receive their certificates of fitness (CFs) from City Hall. However, this will depend on when the developer, Zamrud Properties Sdn Bhd, submits a letter of undertaking to the local authority.

`CF' at last! 10/06/1999 MM By Terence Fernandez
CITY HALL has bent the rules a little to bring cheer to Le Chateau condominium owners who have waited up to seven years for their certificates of fitness. Datuk Bandar Tan Sri Kamaruzzaman Shariff yesterday handed the first "gift" to 144 owners in Phase One who had occupied their properties under temporary certificates of fitness for about seven years

Houses cracking up! 10/06/1999 MM
SINCE they moved in six years ago, cracking walls, leaking pipes and sinking floors have prevailed. Some 30 residents of Taman Bukit Permai in Ampang Jaya fear their houses could fall apart one of these days.

Pemulihan projek tergendala dilakukan demi rakyat: Dr Koh BH 11/06/1999
GEORGETOWN, Khamis - Sebarang usaha untuk memulihkan projek tergendala akibat kegawatan ekonomi adalah untuk keperluan rakyat dan tiada kaitan dengan tindakan parti pembangkang mempersoalkan tanggungjawab pemimpin negeri ini. Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, berkata adalah tanggungjawab pemimpin kerajaan untuk melaksanakan amanah yang diberi, bukan kerana tunduk kepada desakan parti pembangkang.

CF rule must be enforced after amendment to by-law 12/06/1999 Sunday Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Local authorities must issue certificates of fitness (CFs) for residential units within two weeks when the amended Uniform Building By-Law, 1984, is gazetted by the end of the month.

Slim River House Buyers Can Get Balance Of Government Loans 13/06/1999 Utusan
KUALA LUMPUR June 12 - Purchasers of low cost houses in the Bandar Baru Slim River project, which was abandoned for 12 years, using government loans can apply to use the balance to complete their houses.

To sell or build first? That's the question 16/06/1999  ID
FOR the past 20-odd years, buyers of new properties in Malaysia have had to rely on brochures, models and show houses as a means of viewing what they would be acquiring. And for as long as that, the debate on whether property developers should be allowed to continue with the same modus operandi has been simmering. Malaysia is, in fact, one of the few countries in the world that practises the sell-then-build (STB) concept, which on the face of it, favours the seller. Now, as the country is recovering from an economic crisis partly contributed by an inflated property market, there is a renewed call to change the system.

MPAJ to meet developer over housing woes 16/06/1999 MM
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council will meet with a developer of Taman Bukit Permai to resolve the problem of cracked walls and sinking floors faced by residents. Its public relations officer, Norhayati Ahmad, said the developer, Perkuat Kuari Sdn Bhd, has been informed.

High maintenance fee woes 17/06/1999 NST-LTIMES
THE management corporation rate - or generally known as maintenance fees - paid by condominium and flat occupants was one of the main objections raised at the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council property valuation appeal hearing. Councillor S. Doraisamy said occupants of many condominiums were not happy with the rate charged by the developers.

Condo in the dark 17/06/1999 MM
FOR the past four days, residents of a condominium in Cheras have had to carry torchlights whenever they leave their homes in the evening. This is because they have to make their way through dark corridors and car park. All the common areas of the condominium are in darkness as well.

Power to the owners 18/06/1999 MM
POWER to the owners! This phrase can be taken both ways for residents of Venice Hill Golf and Resort Condominium in Cheras. After four days of power cut to common areas of the condominium due to a RM480,000 electricity bill arrears, the management company called the owners' representatives for a meeting yesterday.

Condo owners want to see Ministry report MM 18/06/1999 By T. Yogendra
LE CHATEAU condominium owners and residents want Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh to show a report on his Ministry's actions to resolve their problems. "We want Dr Ting to submit a report on details of meetings, follow-ups, periodical checks, deadlines and enforcement actions that were made," said the condominium's pro-tem committee chairman, Datuk Sunny Choong.

Ting: Strata titles to be expedited 20/06/1999 NST
Malacca, Sat - The Housing and Local Government and the Land and Co-operative Development Ministries are working closely with the State Governments to expedite the issuance of strata titles to condominium and apartment buyers.

Bright evenings ahead 22/06/1999 MM
FOR now, the "battle" has been won. But the bigger task for residents of Venice Hill Golf and Resort Condominium in Cheras is to win the "war" - to ensure that there will be "permanent" power supply to light up common areas at their condominium complex.

`Court' of woes 22/06/1999 MM
IT was to be a dream home but the medium-cost apartments have turned into a nightmare for residents. Since it was occupied eight years ago, Palm Court in Brickfields has become a "battle ground" between residents and the management over the condition of its amenities and poor maintenance.

Left to rot MM 22/06/1999
THIS building project in Port Dickson, near the NUBE Training Centre, is apparently another abandoned project that begs attention from the local authority. Stagnant water in the dug-up area is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Ministry to blacklist irresponsible developers 24/06/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will blacklist irresponsible housing developers who have a bad track record including shoddy workmanship, and stop issuing licences to them.

Local architect set to change perception on pre-fab houses 24/06/1999 BT
A MALAYSIAN architect has invented what could be a world's first in the area of building construction and design. Called (zero) 0-Stable Panel System, the pre-fabricated system was invented by architectural engineer Khoo Tian after a RM4 million investment and extensive research of over 10 years.

Residents eager to manage their own flats 26/06/1999 MM
RESIDENTS of PKNS flats which won in the 1998 Beautiful Apartments competition are eager to manage their own property once they received the strata titles. Among them are residents of Kampung Tasik Tambahan Flats in Ampang.

More effective consumer protection 26/06/1999 NST By Hayati Hayatudin
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Consumers will finally find relief for grievances related to medical products and services, low or poor quality food and property matters under the Consumer Protection Bill to be tabled in Parliament next month. The tabling, delayed twice since 1995 due to problems related to provisions under the jurisdiction of other Ministries, will also afford protection in safety and compensation of consumers, consumer education and the right to opinions.

Consumer Protection Bill to be tabled next month 26/06/1999 BT
THE Consumer Protection Bill to be tabled in Parliament next month will also cover the fields of health and housing, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Seri Megat Junid Megat Ayob said yesterday. The Health Ministry and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing had agreed to be involved in the drawing up of this Bill, he said.

Gazette open spaces as green lungs, States urged 26/06/1999 NST By Geraldine Albela
IPOH, Fri. - A more serious effort must be made by State Governments to gazette open spaces as "green lungs" for the benefit of the people, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. He said according to the Town and Country Planning Department statistics, only 18.5 per cent of the 7,262.78ha of open spaces in the country had been gazetted as "green lungs".

Developers finally agree to pay for it 29/06/1999 MM
IT WAS a wait that costs thousands of ringgit! After 10 months, two developers involved in a dispute over who is to build a bridge across a river that separates Taman Lembah Maju and Pandan Indah, have agreed to pay for it

New building contract clarified 30/06/1999 NST-LTIMES
REPORTS of building projects abandoned halfway because of tiffs between client and contractor are all too common. Likewise the court cases pertaining to shoddy work and late completion. Such disputes were due in part to the many loopholes in the PAM/ISM 1969 Form, the de facto Malaysian Standard Form of Building Contract. It does not help that this lengthy, complex document is drafted in difficult, obscure language which invites different interpretations. What's more, the contract does not address problems which frequently occur in practice, and stacks almost all unforeseen risks on the employer (client), thus favouring the contractor

Ministry wants to include projects by co-ops under Act BT 30/06/1999 By Eirmalasare Bani
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will propose that all housing projects developed by cooperatives be placed under the government's supervision through the Housing Development Act 1966. Its minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said unlike private housing developers, the cooperatives and state development corporations are currently exempted from the Act.

Uniform set of laws for housing developers NST 30/06/1999
SHAH ALAM, Tues. - The Government today proposed that all housing development projects by co-operatives and State development corporations be placed under its supervision to safeguard the interests of buyers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said his ministry was studying the possibility of amending the Housing Development Act 1966 to include co-operatives and State development corporations into it so that there would be uniform laws and guidelines for all housing developers.

Syor pinda Akta Pemaju Perumahan BH 30/06/1999 By Minarni Mat Saad
SHAH ALAM, Selasa - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan sedang mengkaji kemungkinan meminda Akta Pemaju Perumahan 1966 supaya koperasi serta perbadanan kemajuan ekonomi negeri yang menjalankan projek perumahan dikenakan syarat dan peruntukan sama seperti pemaju swasta. Menterinya, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata pindaan akta bagi menetapkan peruntukan seragam itu perlu bagi melindungi hak pembeli dan dalam masa sama memastikan projek berjalan lancar mengikut jadual.

 

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