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Condo owners picket over inaction 02/08/1999 MM
FRUSTRATED buyers of the Le Chateau Condominium Phase Two in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Kuala Lumpur picketed against Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh outside their homes on Saturday afternoon. About half the number of the 174 buyers turned up to show their displeasure with the Minister for his alleged lack of action following the expiry of the July 17 deadline issued to the developer, Zamrud Properties Sdn Bhd, for completion of the project.

DCM: Council told to issue CF 06/08/1999 The Star
The State Government has directed the Penang Municipal Council to issue Certificates of Fitness (CF) for phase one of the state government low-cost housing project in Teluk Kumbar which was ready in July last year.

Gripe over land titles 06/08/1999 MM
LIKE many hopeful houseowners, insurance agent Lai Soon Hwa bought his house in Taman Daya, Kepong, in 1982. After paying up the 15-year housing loan, he now owns the house but the land on which his house sits technically does not belong to him.

Giving keys without approvals is cheating 10/08/1999 The Star
PUTRAJAYA: Developers are cheats if they hand over keys to buyers without getting all the approvals from relevant departments.

Kajang council urged to haul up developer  10/08/1999 NS-LTIMES
KAJANG Municipal Council has been called to protect the rights of residents around the Pak Sin multi-storey commercial-cum-condominium complex in Jalan Sungai Chua, Kajang. Serdang Member of Parliament Datuk Yap Pian Hon said the council must take action against the developer who had failed to repair back alleys and monsoon drains damaged by contractors of the housing project

Developer ordered to pay for late delivery 11/08/1999 The Star
Kuantan: The High Court yesterday ordered a housing developer to pay 19 purchasers late delivery charges amounting to more than RM1mil, to complete the construction of their apartments at Sunny Beach Resort in Sungai Karang and to deliver them.

Wangsa Permai titles cheer 12/08/1999  NST-LTIMES
WANGSA Permai residents' four-year wait for individual land titles is almost over. They will be getting the titles within the next six months. Although the developer Palm Grove Housing Sdn Bhd had given an assurance in May that the residents, whose homes are in Kepong, will be getting the titles in July, this still came as a relief, said residents' spokesman Steve Ng.

Dream homes ready but no moving in 16/08/1999  MM
THIS is our house but we can't move in! Self-employed lorry driver S. Tharmalingam and his wife are among the 102 owners of low-cost houses in Taman Desa Ayer Hitam, Sepang, who cannot move into their new homes although the developer issued a notice allowing them to collect the keys.

Hauled to court 17/08/1999 MM
A HOUSING development company which had operated for years without a developer's licence will finally be brought to court. The decision by the Attorney-General's Chambers to charge Cristal-Land Sdn Bhd and a director of the company in court next month, comes more than eight months after a series of police reports were lodged by the house- buyers who had paid for non-existent houses.

Developer gets state ultimatum 17/8/1999  The Star
The state government has ordered the developer of Bandar Prai Jaya in Butterworth to come up with a concrete solution to its low and low medium-cost housing woes within two weeks.

Rubble walls near Highland Towers not properly designed 17/08/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The improper design of the rubble walls built to support the hillslope terrace behind one of the Highland Tower blocks was the cause of a landslide, killing 48 people, the High Court was told today. Consulting geotechnical engineer Prof N.E. Simons from Surrey, United Kingdom, said the weakness of the rubble walls was the fundamental cause of the landslide.

TNB: Developer did not pay deposit 18/08/1999  MM
TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD has not received any deposit from the developer of a housing scheme in Sepang. TNB's head of customer solutions department Celine Lee said the TNB Bangi regional office was yet to receive any payment from the developer.

Sentul Utama house buyers form committee  18/08/1999  NST-LTIMES
FOR once, Bandar Sentul Utama house buyers would like to hear a good reason why their houses have not been built or completed. For the past five years, the buyers who had expected their condominium units to be ready two years ago, have been told by the developer, Sentul Murni Sdn Bhd, that squatters in the vicinity are in the way of construction work

No compromise! 19/08/1999  MM
COMPROMISE? No way. A group of condominium owners have refused to play give-and-take with the developer by paying the balance purchase price of 20 per cent before it would release the house keys.

Housebuyers face another obstacle 19/08/1999 The Star By A.R.Amiruddin
After waiting 18 years for their dream homes, a group of housebuyers now face another problem--red tape.

Houses left to rot 20/08/1999 MM
A LOW-COST housing project developed by the Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) in Batu 17, Rawang, continues to be an embarrassment for the State Government. Three years after its completion and without the "care" of the rightful occupants, the houses are in a sorry state of neglect, despite the PKNS undertaking some repairs in April.

Property manager riding roughshod over owners 20/08/1999 NST By Annie George Livesey
CONSIDERING the Government's recent push to rejuvenate the housing industry and encourage foreign investment, one would expect that the Housing and Local Government Ministry would be more proactive and be the agency that house or condominium buyers could turn to when they encounter problems with the developer. Condominiums have sprouted in and around Kuala Lumpur ever since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a speech some years ago stated that city living was about living in condominiums.

Women to the fore! 25/08/1999  MM
A GROUP of angry women will be taking the limelight this Saturday when they go on the offensive to claim their rights as housebuyers of the Le Chateau Phase II Condominium in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri. They plan to barge in, break the locks if need be and get into the condo grounds to occupy the building car park until justice is done for them

Standardised housing quality assessment 25/08/1999 NST
ALOR STAR, Tues. - A standardised system to measure home construction quality in the new millennium has been formulated. The quality of structural and architectural works will be measured through methods called "Qlassic" and "Scan", said Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal today.

New firm to take over condo project 25/08/1999 The Star By Choong Kwee Kim
Buyers of the RM300mil Fettes Villa condominiums, which has been delayed for three years, learnt yesterday that a new management has taken over the project. T

Quick action on grouses by housebuyers 26/08/1999 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - A monitoring and supervisory committee has been set up by the Housing and Local Government Ministry to handle and quickly resolve housebuyers' complaints.

Antiquated sale and purchase agreement 26/08/1999 NST By Abdul Razak
I CANNOT comprehend why the issue of housing was left out of the Consumers Protection Bill. I would think that the majority of complaints from consumers arise from matters relating to housing. I have found out that the sale and purchase agreement in any housing deal does not protect the purchaser at all.

Special panel to tackle housing complaints 26/08/1999 BT
A HOUSING Complaints Monitoring Committee has been set up to look into problems faced by purchasers and developers, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh. Problems might arise from enforcement of the sale and purchase agreement provision in the Housing Developers (Control and Licencing) Act, 1966 and the Housing Developers (Control and Licencing) Regulations 1989, he said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Faster action on housing grouses 26/08/1999 The Star
Kuala Lumpur: Buyers can expect a speedy solution to their housing woes with the setting up of the Housing Complaint Monitoring Committee yesterday.

Ting defends his stand  26/08/1999 MM
HOUSING and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh (right) defended his stand over accusations made against him by buyers of the Le Chateau condominium in Jaan Syed Putra Kiri. "We are in the midst of compiling a report on the matter. It will be out soon. This is to list down the various actions taken by the Ministry in the course of the dispute," said Ting yesterday.

Aduan pembeli rumah akan ditangani segera   26/08/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Mulai hari ini, setiap aduan pembeli rumah sama ada yang dibuat terus kepada kementerian atau kepada pihak lain akan diberi perhatian sewajarnya oleh Jawatankuasa Pemantauan Aduan Perumahan (JPAP). Jawatankuasa yang ditubuhkan atas arahan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, itu akan memastikan tindakan segera diambil pihak berkenaan terhadap setiap aduan pembeli.

Three companies offer to take over stalled project 26/08/1999 The Star 
Three companies have offered to take over the management and operation of Majestic Heights, which is facing problem completing its project in Paya Terubong.

Ting: Set up special units for efficiency 27/08/1999 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The Housing and Local Government Ministry has directed local authorities to set up special units to resolve public complaints more efficiently.

Developer ignored complaints about defects 27/08/1999 NST
I REFER to the letter entitled "Bring developers who manipulate CF to book" (NST, Aug 18). I am a victim of a developer who went beyond "manipulating" the law.

Seeking second opinion on cracked houses 27/08/1999 MM
THE five cracked and sinking houses in Desa Pinggiran Batu Caves will get a second opinion. This is because the Selayang Municipal Council wanted them demolished but the developer insisted they could be repaired.

Buyer sore over delay in mall project 28/08/1999 NST
PENANG, Fri. - Gift shop owner Teoh Teik Gek's hopes of owning a retail outlet at the prestigious Bayan Bay Shopping Mall in Bayan Baru have been shattered. She found out that work on the project was abandoned since August last year

Condo buyers snub developer  29/08/1999  Sunday Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Buyers of the Le Chateau Condominium Phase Two in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri here finally moved into their homes yesterday, seven years after they booked the units.

Ministry doing all it can for buyers  30/08/1999 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry has gone all out to help about 190 Le Chateau Condominium buyers over a dispute with the developer.

Call to give details of complaints 30/08/1999 NST
I REFER to the complaints "Antiquated sale and purchase agreement" by Abdul Razak of Kuala Lumpur (NST, Aug 26) and "Developer ignored complaints about defects" by Yoon H.C. of Shah Alam (NST, Aug 27). The Ministry would like to advise Abdul Razak and Yoon to provide details such as names of project and developer and the problems to Director, Monitoring and Enforcement Division, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 4th Floor, Block K, Damansara Town Centre, 50782 Kuala Lumpur or fax 03-2525409 or email

Lim Ah Lek to act as mediator 31/08/1999 MM
IT may not fall within the ambit of his portfolio, but Human Resources Minister Datuk Lim Ah Lek has been asked to exercise his negotiating skills for a different cause. Lim will now act as mediator in finding an amicable solution to the problems faced by buyers of the Le Chateau Condominium Phase II in Lorong Syed Putra Kiri.


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