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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1999)
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Pemaju mula baiki sistem pembentung  01/07/1999 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat Juru Bena Tenaga Sdn Bhd yang memajukan projek Taman Keramat Permai, memulakan kerja membaiki sistem pembetungan yang rosak sejak tiga bulan lalu, semalam. Jurucakap syarikat berkenaan berkata, kerja membaiki dimulakan selepas menerima notis daripada Jabatan Perkhidmatan Pembetungan (JPP).

About turn! 02/07/1999 MM By Yushaimi Yahaya
WHAT'S happening? First, the Attorney-General's Chambers instructed police to go ahead and prosecute an unlicensed developer. Days after this was front-paged in The Malay Mail in early May, the order was withdrawn. The investigation papers were recalled.

Government reviewing law to control housing industry 02/07/1999 NST
KUALA LANGAT, Thurs. - The Government is reviewing the law in order to rein in developers and control the housing industry following a surge in complaints from consumers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh today said a committee was set up yesterday to review the Housing Developers Act 1966.

Akta pemaju perumahan dikaji semula 02/07/1999 BH
BANTING, Khamis - Akta Pemaju Perumahan 1966 akan dikaji semula secara menyeluruh berikutan masih banyak aduan membabitkan masalah transaksi jual beli rumah menyebabkan pembeli menjadi mangsa. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata sepanjang tahun lalu kementeriannya menerima 1,135 aduan pembeli menyebabkan akta itu perlu dikaji secara terperinci bagi mengenal pasti kelemahannya sebagai cara mengatasi masalah dalam industri perumahan yang masih banyak berlaku selain melindungi hak pembeli rumah.

Payback time for developers 03/07/1999 NST
IN the 33 years that the Housing Developers Act 1966 has been in force, some black sheep in the industry have found as many ways to sidestep minimum acceptable standards in the construction and delivery of houses.

Pemaju baiki sistem pembetung 03/07/1999 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Penduduk Taman Keramat Permai, di sini, lega apabila pemaju, Syarikat Juru Bena Tenaga Sdn Bhd membaiki kerosakan sistem pembetungan di kawasan itu. Kerja membaiki sistem itu berakhir kelmarin iaitu tempoh akhir yang diberikan Jabatan Perkhidmatan Pembetungan (JPP) kepada syarikat terbabit berbuat demikian.

Protecting the interest of house buyers 04/07/1999 NST
Kuala Lumpur, Sat. - A revamp of current procedures and penalties is the only way to protect consumers against unscrupulous housing developers, Malaysian Consumers Arbitration and Redress Centre legal adviser Jacob George said today.

Pledge of better service 06/07/1999 MM
BETTER service - that's the pledge by the new management company for the Venice Hill Golf and Resort Condominium in Cheras to owners and residents. The company, Marvellous Location Sdn Bhd, was recently registered and plans to meet with condo owners and residents this Saturday

Handing-over of a sewage treatment plant 06/07/1999 NST-LTIMES
Q: How does a developer hand over its sewage treatment plant to Indah Water Konsortium for operations and maintenance? A: Firstly, the developer does not hand over the plant directly to IWK. It is handed over to the Department of Sewerage Services who will then instruct IWK to operate and maintain it.

Poser over project 06/07/1999 MM
THERE is confusion about whether a project built on commercial land can be sold for residential use. This question was raised when residents in the Klang Valley recently received glossy brochures and flyers from a company inviting them to invest in service apartments which are basically residential units with hotel facilities and resort services.

Building sector takes first step to self-regulation 07/07/1999 NST By Chok Suat Ling
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - A Building Industry Initiative - an effort to achieve higher standards of professionalism among industry players - was launched today with the aim of providing consumers higher quality and cheaper houses. The Housing Developers Association Malaysia, Master Builders Association Malaysia, Malaysian Architects Association (PAM) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia signed the initiative and gave their commitment to undertake several programmes.

Pemaju ikrar tingkat mutu binaan rumah 07/07/1999 BH By Wan Hazmir Bakar
PETALING JAYA, Selasa - Empat badan yang menjadi penggerak penting program perumahan di negara ini, berikrar akan mempertingkatkan mutu pembinaan serta profesionalisme masing-masing berikutan banyak aduan diterima berkaitan kualiti rumah sejak kebelakangan ini. Ikrar itu terkandung dalam piagam `Ikhtiar Industri Pembinaan' yang ditandatangani Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan Malaysia (HDAM); Persatuan Pemborong Binaan Malaysia (MBAM); Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM); dan Persatuan Jurutera Perunding Malaysia (ACEM) pada hari terakhir Sidang Kemuncak Perumahan Negara di sini, hari ini.

Green light for projects in one month  08/07/1999 NST
KUALA TERENGGANU, Wed. - Housing developers in the State can proceed with their projects within a month after submission of plans to local authorities. State Housing, Local Government and Petty Traders Committee chairman Ahmad Said said today district technical committees usually meet in the first or second week of every month to vet development plans.

88pc idle housing projects revived 08/07/1999 BT
THE Government with the cooperation of housing developers has succeeded in reviving 88 per cent of abandoned projects nationwide, involving 57,650 units of houses worth RM3 billion. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the 311 projects were among 353 abandoned projects identified between 1989 and 1998.

Data bank of individuals in housing industry needed to identify culprits 08/07/1999 NST By Chok Suat Ling
BRANDING housing developers as "good" or "bad" according to the point system proposed by the Housing and Local Government Ministry can only be good for consumers. Consumers can make an informed choice when purchasing houses as the reputation of developers can be readily discerned.

Piagam pemaju perlu dihayati, dilaksana bersunguh-sungguh 09/07/1999 BH
RATA-RATA imej pemaju di kalangan pembeli rumah sama ada bertaraf mewah, sederhana, sederhana rendah atau kos rendah tidak begitu menggalakkan sejak dulu lagi. Rintihan pembeli yang berasa tertipu, terpedaya atau dikecewakan oleh pemaju kerap kedengaran. Awal tahun ini Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mengumumkan ia menerima 1,135 aduan daripada pembeli rumah di seluruh negara tahun lalu, meningkat 54 peratus berbanding tahun sebelumnya. Aduan itu membabitkan rasa tidak puas hati pembeli terhadap mutu, kelewatan penyerahan, kelewatan sijil layak menduduki (CF) dan pemaju atau kontraktor melanggar pelbagai perjanjian jual-beli. Sebagai timbal-balas kepada pengumuman mengenai aduan berkenaan, empat badan penggerak program perumahan negara mengadakan perbincangan meja bulat ketiga Mac lalu. Mereka merumuskan piagam `Ikhtiar Industri Pembinaan' sebagai ikrar untuk meningkatkan mutu pembinaan serta profesionalisme masing-masing berikutan banyak aduan diterima berkaitan kualiti rumah sejak kebelakangan ini. Piagam berkenaan ditandatangani Selasa oleh empat badan berkenaan, iaitu Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan Malaysia (HDAM), Persatuan Pemborong Binaan Malaysia (MBAM), Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) dan Persatuan Jurutera Perunding Malaysia (ACEM) pada hari terakhir Sidang Kemuncak Perumahan Negara di Petaling Jaya.

Piagam berusaha atasi masalah pembeli rumah 11/07/1999 BM
SELASA lalu, empat badan penggerak utama dalam industri perumahan negara merumuskan piagam dinamakan `Ikhtiar Industri Perumahan'. Piagam yang dimeterai hasil usaha Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan Malaysia (HDAM), bersama Persatuan Pemborong Binaan Malaysia (MBAM), Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) dan Persatuan Jurutera Perunding Malaysia (ACEM) dikatakan satu `janji' baru yang meyakinkan kepada pembeli rumah yang selama ini mengeluh ditipu atau diperdaya pemaju. Bagaimana piagam ini memberi faedah kepada pengguna? Benarkah piagam ini hanya ikrar di atas kertas saja? Wartawan Berita Minggu, Zainudin Isa, menemu bual Presiden HDAM, Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi bagi mendapatkan penjelasannya.

Action against builders with bad records 11/07/1999 NSUNT
SITIAWAN, Sat. - Housing developers with a bad track record will be suspended between four and six years, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today. Speaking to reporters after opening the Kampung Koh market near here, he said the Ministry would not approve applications if directors of such suspended firms tried to set up another housing company.

Bertindak jika ditipu pemaju 12/07/1999 HM
WAHAB (bukan nama sebenar) bercadang membeli sebuah rumah kos sederhana di Bukit Beruntung dengan harga RM60,000. Bagaimanapun, sebelum mendapatkan rumah itu, pemaju meminta wang pendaftaran atau tempahan sebanyak RM1,000 kononnya sebagai pengesahan membeli rumah itu. Pemaju kemudiannya meminta lagi wang sebanyak 10 peratus daripada harga rumah itu. Bagaimanapun, selepas setahun membayar wang berkenaan, tiada sebarang berita sama ada rumah itu dibina atau sebaliknya.

Majestic Heights get ultimatum to complete units  13/07/1999 NST
PENANG, Mon. - Taman Terubong Indah house buyers are not the only ones losing patience with delays in the delivery of their medium-cost units. So is the State Government.

Empower States to act against errant developers 13/07/1999 NST
Penang, Mon. - State Governments are unable to interfere with delayed and abandoned private housing projects as there are no laws empowering them to do so.

DIY maintenance! 13/07/1999 MM
AT Desa View Towers in Jalan Klang Gates, residents bring down their garbage and do gotong-royong to keep the common areas clean. This has been going on for more than a week and the 400 families there don't like it one bit. It is every high-rise dweller's nightmare come true.

Koh: Housing laws need to be tightened 13/07/1999 BT
THE Federal Government should tighten existing laws on housing development to make developers fully accountable for their projects, Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said yesterday. Under the present regulations, state Governments are powerless to act against developers that fail to fulfil their promises to buyers, he said.

Management firm to meet residents 14/07/1999 MM
THE maintenance company for the Desa View Towers will meet the Residents Association on Friday to discuss the maintenance problems at the condominium. MBf Building Services Sdn Bhd said the meeting with the Desa View Towers Residents Association is scheduled for 4.30pm.

Ministry help sought to solve maintenance woes 15/07/1999 MM
DESA VIEW TOWERS residents have sought help from the Housing and Local Government Ministry to resolve their maintenance problems. The residents association recently contacted Deputy Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal's office for help.

CF in hand - at last! 15/07/1999 MM
"AT LAST we get our homes!" That was the reaction of house-buyers after Certificates of Fitness (CFs) were issued for the Le Chateau Condominium Phase Two in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Kuala Lumpur - after five years of waiting.

MB: Athenaeum condos safe for occupation 18/07/1999 NSUNT
SHAH ALAM, Sat. - The Athenaeum On The Peak condominiums in Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu Klang, are safe for occupation and have not suffered significant structural distress or instability. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Omar said today a two-month study by consultant Kumpulan Ikram Sdn Bhd showed there was no sign of instability of the foundation system and the slope that slipped was mostly filled material.

Fund for abandoned housing projects to be revived 20/07/1999 The  Star
PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet Wednesday approved a Housing and Local Government Ministry proposal to reactivate a fund to help revive abandoned private housing projects.

Low-cost housing case sent to A-G 22/07/1999 BT
THE case of 156 purchasers of low cost housing units in Bandar Baru Slim River, Perak, who are still waiting for their houses after 12 years has been referred to the Attorney-General's Chambers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said the AG's Chambers was looking into how the whole project was auctioned off without protecting the rights of the purchasers who had paid up to 30 per cent of the purchase price.

Siasat pemaju lelong rumah: Ting 22/07/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Jabatan Peguam Negara diminta menyiasat aduan 156 pembeli rumah di Bandar Baru Slim River, Perak mengenai projek itu yang dilelong oleh pemaju asal kepada pihak lain tanpa memberi perlindungan kepada pembeli. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, yang mengesahkan menerima aduan penduduk, berkata perkara itu turut dibincangkan dalam mesyuarat jemaah menteri beberapa minggu lalu.

E-mail your complaints against developers 23/07/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - House-buyers can e-mail complaints against developers to the Housing and Local Government Ministry from today under a move towards a more consumer-friendly image. The launching of the ministry's website will also allow consumers to provide feedback, ask questions or just make comments.

Aduan perumahan: www.kpkt.gov.my 23/07/1999 BH By Jami'ah Shukri
KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Mulai hari ini, orang ramai boleh mengemukakan aduan dan pertanyaan mengenai perumahan dan perkhidmatan Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan secara terus melalui e-mel yang disediakan kementerian. Menterinya, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata semua aduan itu akan dikendalikan oleh Bahagian Pengawasan dan Penguatkuasaan di kementerian berkenaan.

Cabinet to be briefed on abandoned project 24/07/1999 NST
IPOH, Fri. - A detailed study will be conducted by the Attorney-General's Chambers on the plight of the 133 buyers of the abandoned Bandar Baru Slim River Phase III low-cost housing project. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said once all the information had been compiled, a report would be submitted to the Cabinet on the next course of action.

Developer pleads guilty to mudflow, fined RM25,000 24/07/1999 NST By Sujatani Poosparajah
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Developer Kemajuan Bukit Segar Sdn Bhd was fined RM25,000 today for failing to restore its silt traps at the Bukit Sungai Kayu Putih Forest Reserve in Ampang which caused a severe mud flow there in April. The developer, first known as Kemas Anggun Sdn Bhd and later as G-Two Assets Sdn Bhd, paid the fine.

Negri relaxes rules for low-cost house sales 25/07/1999 NSUNT
SEREMBAN, Sat. - The State Government has relaxed the rules on the sale of low-cost houses to help developers sell them. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad said developers would be allowed to find their own buyers for low-cost units and need not wait for the Housing and Local Government Unit to supply them with a list of buyers.

No more licences if they build poor homes 25/07/1999 NSUNT
RAWANG, Sat. - Housing developers who failed to complete their projects on time and to housebuyers' satisfaction will no longer be issued with developer licences. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, who said this today, said the Government would no longer tolerate any excuses from errant developers to prevent projects being abandoned.

Housebuyers without titles for 18 years due to slip-up 26/07/1999 NST-LTIMES
ABOUT 1,700 housebuyers in Taman Daya, Kepong have been without titles for the past 18 years as a result of the developer's failure to bide by the Selangor State Government's ruling on Bumiputera allocation of houses, The developer, Sedaya Sdn Bhd, had sold the houses reserved for Bumiputeras to non-Bumiputeras without first seeking a waiver from the State Government.

`Stop paying developer' 27/07/1999 MM
JUST a week after getting the Certificate of Fitness, the Le Chateau condominium Phase Two project buyers have another problem. They now want the banks to stop paying the developer as they claim the project in Lorong Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, has not been completed.

Consumer Bill comes under close scrutiny All reports on "Dewan Rakyat" 28/07/1999 NST by Ainon Mohd
MEMBERS of Parliament debating the Consumers Protection Bill 1999 questioned the exclusion of housing and healthcare matters in the proposed legislation. Opposition Leader and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, criticised the Government for its failure to come up with a Bill which placed the welfare of people first and which could be a model consumer protection legislation for other countries.

Where are the facilities?' 30/07/1999 MM
BUYERS of the Le Chateau Phase Two condominium in Jalan Syed Putra Kiri claim the developer has not complied with the requirements imposed by City Hall. This was in response to a statement by the project's architect, K.H. Chew Architect, that it had signed the Architect Progress Certificate upon completion of work necessary for the certificate of fitness (CF).

Buyers want to see developer's financial reports 30/07/1999 MM
"CAN we see the financial reports to the Ministry?" ask buyers of the Le Chateau Phase Two condominium, whose units were issued Certificates of Fitness (CFs) by City Hall last month. The buyers want to see the half-yearly financial report submitted by the developer to the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Appeal for lot titles in stages 30/07/1999 MM
GIVE us the titles for half the lots and withhold the rest until the developer settles the problem of not selling his units to Bumiputeras. This appeal to the authorities comes from the Taman Daya Residents Association who have lived in their houses for the last 18 years without the individual land titles.

 

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