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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(1999)
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Jitters over sinking 01/10/1999 MM
HEAVY rain two days ago had caused flooding at several parts in the Klang Valley, particularly Petaling Jaya. At Jasmine Condominium in SS2, Petaling Jaya, a stretch of walkways near Block B had sunk by about 60cm.

Don't panic! 02/10/1999 MM
DON'T panic and start vacating your apartment. Petaling Drainage and Irrigation Department district engineer Cho Yuen gave this advice to owners of apartments in Block B of Jasmine Tower Condominium in SS2, Petaling Jaya

House buyers lodge report  04/10/1999  MM
TIRED of waiting for the Housing and Local Government Ministry to act, residents of Taman Gemilang, Cheras, have taken their problem to the police. Last Saturday, 30 residents lodged a police report against a developer, Metro ADC Sdn Bhd, at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarter's Commercial Crime division.

Pemaju tidak boleh ubah spesifikasi rumah murah 04/10/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Ahad - Pemaju perumahan perlu memastikan rumah kos rendah mereka mempunyai keluasan minimum 55.2 meter persegi dengan tiga bilik tidur dan dua bilik air, kata Menteri Kewangan Pertama, Tun Daim Zainuddin. Beliau berkata, semua pemaju mesti mematuhi spesifikasi yang ditetapkan kerajaan itu bagi menjamin keselesaan penghuni rumah kos rendah.

Shariff: CF withheld over non-compliance with quota 05/10/1999 The Star
The developer of a project in the south-west district, who sold some 200 low-cost units without adhering to the bumiputra quota, has had its certification of fitness withheld, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Shariff Omar said.

New CF to deter forgery 05/10/1999 MM
SEVERAL developers in the Subang Jaya municipality have been found to forge certificates of fitness (CFs) to "allow" house buyers to move in.

Demerit points for errant developers 05/10/1999 BT
THE demerit point system for housing developers will be implemented so that they will be more responsible and ethical in ensuring that the interests of house buyers are looked after, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh. "The system gives demerit points to housing developers based on offences committed under the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (Act 118) and its Regulations," he said when launching the World Habitat Day with the theme "The City Belongs to Everyone" in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Set up a housing watchdog 05/10/1999 NST
To the unscrupulous, it must be very inconvenient to have an ex-developer like Tun Daim Zainuddin taking such a keen interest in their affairs.

Settle differences amicably advice to condo buyers 06/10/1999 MM
BOTH parties should solve their problems amicably, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Lim Ah Lek after receiving a report from the Le Chateau Phase Two condominium buyers. Two months ago, Lim said he was willing to mediate in the dispute between the condominium buyers and the developer, Zamrud Properties Sdn Bhd.

Lindungi pembeli 08/10/1999 HM By Si Kalam
RUMAH siap, pahat berbunyi. Bagi Kalam, pepatah itu tepat bagi merujuk rungutan pembeli terhadap rumah kos rendah yang mereka beli. Akhbar Kalam kerap menerima aduan pembeli yang kurang puas hati dengan keadaan rumah kos rendah. Ada yang bumbungnya bocor, lantai dan dindingnya retak.

Pemaju diarah turun kren 12/10/1999 BH
MELAKA, Isnin - Pemaju hotel terbengkalai di Taman Melaka Raya di sini diberi tempoh dua minggu untuk menurunkan kren di atas bangunan itu sejak dua tahun lalu. Kren setingggi 50 meter itu didapati membahayakan keselamatan peniaga dan pengguna jalan raya di situ.

Housebuyers banking on DPM as 'last hope' 13/10/1999 The Star By A.R.Amiruddin
Sixty-one people who bought houses at Taman Cahaya in Teluk Kumbar only to see them abandoned for the past 20 years, have exhausted all avenues for a solution to their problems. T

State units to keep tabs on developers 15/10/1999 The Star
Kuala Lumpur: All states have agreed to set up their own housing development monitoring units to keep tabs on the industry.

A shot in the arm for hapless housebuyers 16/10/1999 MB
FOR many of us, buying a house can mean making the single largest investment of our lives. As such, it will be a frustrating experience if things sometimes do not work out the way they should. The main grievances of housebuyers are shoddy workmanship, delays in the delivery date, non-issuance of certificates of fitness and sudden changes in specification plans. The situation can deteriorate during a recession when the likelihood of projects being abandoned increases.

Ministry needs to do more for house buyers' 17/10/1999 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is not doing its job well in solving house buyers problems, the newly-formed House Buyers Association alleged today.

Demerit system to be implemented 17/10/1999 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - The Government will go ahead with its plan to implement the colour coding and demerit system to check on errant developers although the Housing Developers Association is to set up a complaints tribunal. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today the move by HDA was no alternative to the Ministry's plan.

House buyers group formed 18/10/1999 MM
IF you want to know your legal rights before buying a house, the newly- formed House Buyers Association is just what you need.

Aye from NGOs, residents' associations 18/10/1999 MM
THE formation of a House Buyers' Association has received thumping support from non-governmental organisations, including residents' associations. Describing it as the long-awaited twin sister of the Federation of Malaysian Consumers' Association (Fomca), its president, Prof Datuk Hamdan Adnan, hoped the association could be formed as soon as possible.

CF: Penduduk hilang sabar 18/10/1999 HM
GOMBAK: Penduduk Rumah Pangsa Taman Pinggiran Batu Caves Fasa 2, di sini, tidak dapat menahan sabar terhadap pemaju perumahan itu yang didakwa tidak mengendahkan masalah Sijil Layak Menduduki (CF) mereka. Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk rumah pangsa itu, Bohari Basri, berkata Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS) memaklumkan bahawa CF tidak dapat dikeluarkan jika pemaju tidak memenuhi kriteria ditetapkan.

Crying foul over losing green lung 19/10/1999 MM
TWO years ago, 18 Taman Mudun residents who were unnerved by the prospect of a landslide bringing the two blocks of Venice Hill condominiums down on them were promised relocation to another site in Wangsa Cheras. There is nothing wrong with this except that the new site is a green lung and the residents in Wangsa Cheras are now unhappy with the relocation exercise.

Ministry to cancel all its abandoned and inactive projects 20/10/1999 NST
GOPENG, Tues. - All development projects under the Housing and Local Government Ministry which are inactive or abandoned will be cancelled and the funds transferred to more deserving projects. Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh said today the Ministry's officers had been told to visit all its projects to ensure that they proceeded smoothly before the end of the Seventh Malaysia Plan. A total of RM781 million had been allocated for the 2,116 development projects under the plan, but to date only 647 had been completed, he said.

Kementerian senarai PBT gagal warta syarat CF 22/10/1999 BH
SHAH ALAM, Khamis - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan akan menyenaraikan pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) yang masih tidak mewartakan syarat yang mewajibkan sijil layak menduduki (CF) dikeluarkan selewat- lewatnya dua minggu dari tarikh permohonan pemaju. Menterinya, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh berkata, setakat ini belum ada kerajaan negeri dan PBT yang mewartakan pindaan Undang-undang Kecil Bangunan Seragam 1984 itu walaupun ia sudah diluluskan Kabinet serta Mesyuarat Menteri Besar dan Ketua Menteri, kira-kira setahun lalu.

Amended by-laws must be gazetted, says Ting 22/10/1999 NST
SHAH ALAM, Thurs. - No State Government has gazetted the amended Uniform Building By-Laws 1984 sent to them in early September last year. The amended by-Laws call for the issuance of a Certificate of Fitness to housing developers within two weeks of submitting the completed Form E.

Double joy for house owners 22/10/1999 MM
IT is double joy at last for the owners of five houses in Desa Pinggiran Batu Caves that are cracked and sinking. Developer Jurubina Tenaga Sdn Bhd will not only to give them new houses but has agreed to let them keep the land of their houses that are slated to be demolished.

5 rumah kena roboh 23/10/1999 HM
SELAYANG: Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS) akan merobohkan lima rumah teres dua tingkat di Taman Pinggiran Batu Caves yang menghadapi masalah tanah yang tidak stabil sejak Januari lalu. Pegawai Perhubungan Awam MPS, Md Zin Masoad, berkata keputusan itu dibuat selepas pihaknya tiga kali berbincang secara terperinci dengan pemaju projek.

Buyers given HDA assurance 23/10/1999 BT
THE Housing Developers' Association of Malaysia (HDA) assures potential buyers that all properties on sale during the coming Second Home Ownership Campaign have met stringent conditions. As such, potential buyers need not worry about the houses they bought not meeting the specifications as showcased during the campaign, HDA president Datuk Eddy Chen said

Committee `will act against errant developers' 23/10/1999 NST
PENANG, Fri. - A housing complaints monitoring committee has been set up by the Housing and Local Government Ministry to monitor and act against developers who contravene the law. Its Minister Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said buyers who felt their developers had flouted the law and short-changed them could now lodge complaints with the committee which was headed by his deputy, Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Narrow escape for couple as floor caves in  24/10/1999 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - A couple had a "wake-up" call they never expected early this morning when the floor of their bedroom caved in, almost plunging them into a nine-metre deep hole. Luckily, they managed to jump out of bed which was less than a metre away from the hole.

25 aduan masalah rumah 25/10/1999 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan memandang serius jumlah aduan orang ramai mengenai masalah perumahan seperti kegagalan pemaju menyiapkan projek mengikut jadual dan perumahan terbengkalai. Menterinya, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, berkata berdasarkan kajian kementerian, ada kira-kira 25 aduan berkaitan masalah perumahan.

Study on soil stability ordered near Lahat mine 25/10/1999 NST
IPOH, Sun. - The State Government will direct the Geological Survey Department to do a soil study at the Bukit Merah new village in Lahat to determine soil stability. State Infrastructure and Public Utilities Committee chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan said today it was now vital to fill the 105-metre-deep mine hole of the 100-year-old Lahat Mines with water.

Sri Segambut family living in fear of house collapse 26/10/1999 NST-LTIMES
WONG Fang Lai and her three daughters are worried that their house in Taman Sri Segambut will one day collapse as the cracks on their walls and floor are widening by the day. A widow, Wong, 57 is blaming the damage to their single-storey terrace house on the piling work being carried out right next door.

Pembeli rumah di Jinjang Utara mahu dakwa pemaju 25/09/1999 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Sekumpulan pembeli rumah kos rendah di Jinjang Utara di sini yang mengadu ditipu pemaju projek itu, bercadang membawa kes itu ke mahkamah bagi mendapatkan semula wang pendahuluan pembelian rumah berkenaan. Mereka mendakwa pemaju projek itu, Cristal Land Sdn Bhd, mengambil wang pendahuluan daripada pembeli walaupun tidak mempunyai lesen pemaju. Pemaju yang berpejabat di Pandan Indah, Ampang di sini, mempunyai lesen pamaju yang sah.

1,543 pemilik rumah, kedai dapat geran 27/10/1999 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Pemilik 1,543 unit rumah dan kedai di Taman Daya, Kepong, Selangor, kini mampu menarik nafas lega apabila menerima hak milik tanah mereka yang ditunggu selama 17 tahun. Ahli Parlimen Selayang, Datuk Chan Kong Choy, berkata kerajaan Selangor sudah membenarkan pemilik yang lebih 90 peratus bukan Bumiputera itu, diberikan hak milik berkenaan.

167 flat buyers get keys but not home 29/10/1999 The Star
A total of 167 buyers are still waiting to move into their low-cost flats in Batu Maung despite having received their keys two years ago--all because of a technical fault.

Council to look into CF plight 30/10/1999 The Star
Penang Municipal Council president Dr Teng Hock Nan has assured 167 flat buyers of Taman Indah Phase II in Batu Maung that their plight will be looked into.

Kementerian perumahan seperti kadi 29/10/1999 BH
DEWAN Rakyat semalam riuh apabila Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Shafie Apdal, menyamakan tugas kementeriannya sama seperti kadi' yang tidak patut dipersalahkan jika berlaku perbalahan antara pembeli dan pemaju perumahan. "Umpama seorang manusia dia kahwin dengan seorang gadis, tiap-tiap tahun mereka akan kahwin. Ada yang kahwin satu dan ada yang kahwin empat

Case put off a second time 30/10/1999 MM
POSTPONED, again! Disappointment and anger greeted the announcement that a court case against housing developer Cristal-Land Sdn Bhd and its director was delayed for the second time

Making it `Cristal' clear 31/10/1999 SUM
BUYERS of homes in a housing project that never took off ground can take heart - finally. The case against the company which launched the project, Cristal Land (M) Sdn Bhd, and its senior executive will be heard on January 26 and 27.

 

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