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Dangerous `play pool' sealed 01/02/2000 NST-CITY By Josephine Santiago
RESIDENTS at Taman Pusat Kepong, worried over the abandoned carpark project which has turned into a dangerous "play pool" for children, are relieved as the developer has sealed and covered the entrances, exits and holes of the whole place. The developer, MBf Property Services, at a cost of RM50,000, began work to seal the holes with cement layers last December and had completed the work recently.

Concerned groups acting on house-buyers' woes, but where is the ministry? 02/02/2000 NST
THE exultant mood that follows the purchase of a house can be shattered only too easily. Housebuyers may think the sealing of an agreement to buy a home will signify the start of a more settled life, but in most cases the euphoria lasts only as long as it takes the ink to dry on the contract.

Sleepless nights prevail in USJ 18 02/02/2000 NST-CITY
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council has been urged to disclose the report by an independent consultant commissioned to carry out tests, research and surveys on defects to several USJ 16 houses. Subang Member of Parliament Tan Sri Dr K.S. Nijhar, while making the call, said time was a crucial factor especially when people's lives were in danger as the defects in some houses were serious.

400 pembeli flet kecewa 03/02/2000 BH
KUALA TERENGGANU, Rabu - Lebih 400 pembeli flet kos rendah projek Kondo Rakyat di Kuala Ibai, di sini, tidak berpuas hati dengan mutu pembinaan rumah mereka kerana tidak sama dengan rumah contoh yang ditunjukkan sebelum membelinya. Mereka mendakwa kualiti flet berkenaan terlalu rendah dan tidak sepadan dengan harganya RM25,000 seunit, selain belum mendapat Sijil Layak Menduduki (CF).

House buyers just want their money's worth 04/02/2000 MM
IDEALLY, developers should only make buyers pay the full purchase price after completion of their houses or apartments. This is the biggest hope of the new Malaysian House Buyers' Association which is applying for registration.

Projek Kampung Tengah disambung 10/02/2000 HM
PROJEK perumahan Kampung Tengah, Jelutong, yang dimajukan oleh Udabina Sdn Bhd dan tertangguh selama hampir lima tahun, akan dimulakan secepat mungkin menerusi tawaran tender secara rundingan dalam tempoh terdekat ini. Pengarah Urusan JKP Sdn Bhd Dr Zulkefli Hassan berkata kerja pembinaan tapak projek itu telah siap dan Udabina kini sedang menyiapkan dokumen tawaran tender bagi memulakan kerja pembinaan.

Joint action on project 12/02/2000 MM
BUYERS of units in the abandoned Taman Pusat Kepong will hand a memorandum to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting to highlight their plight. In a statement, Federal Territory MCA's Youth vice-chairman Yee Poh Ping, who is adviser for the group, said construction work on the project had stopped more than three years ago.

Kementerian gesa pemaju tepati tawaran 14/02/2000  BH
PONTIAN, Ahad - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan menggesa pemaju perumahan menepati semua tawaran yang dibuat kepada pembeli seperti yang terkandung dalam surat perjanjian. Menterinya, Datuk Ong Ka Ting berkata, kementeriannya sering menerima aduan pihak pemaju mungkir janji apabila rumah berkenaan sudah disiapkan.

Pemaju tak siap flet ikut jadual 14/02/2000 HM By Azwani Abdul Ghani
PETALING JAYA: Sasaran menjadikan Selangor sebagai negeri bebas setinggan pada 2005 tidak mungkin tercapai jika banyak pemaju perumahan gagal menyiapkan rumah dalam tempoh ditetapkan. Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan (Exco) Selangor, Datuk Mokhtar Dahlan, berkata kegagalan pemaju menyiapkan rumah dalam tempohnya bukan saja melambatkan penempatan semula setinggan, malah sepanjang masa itu memudaratkan lagi masalah sampingan seperti banjir kilat yang kerap berlaku sejak kebelakangan ini.

Tapak rumah dipenuhi lalang 14/02/2000 HM
KAJANG: Kebanyakan pembeli flet kos rendah Taman Lingkaran Nur di Batu 11, Jalan Cheras, di sini, dalam kebimbangan kerana tidak dimaklumkan sebarang perkembangan mengenai projek itu walaupun deposit sudah dijelaskan. Malah, ada di antara 72 pembeli sudah menandatangani surat perjanjian sewa beli (S&P) dengan pemaju serta sudah mengeluarkan simpanan daripada Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP), hilang keyakinan dengan pemaju terbabit.

Council recommends demolition of houses  15/02/2000 NST-CITY
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council has recommended that three double-storey terrace houses in USJ 19, which have gaping cracks and are considered unsafe, be demolished. Subang Jaya State Assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said the conditions of these houses were worsening every day and were beyond repair.

Increased penalties for errant developers 17/02/2000 NST
Kuala Lumpur, Wed - The Housing and Local Government Ministry plans to increase penalties for errant housing developers who fail to keep it informed of project progress every six months.

New Act for buildings without strata titles 18/02/2000 NST
A NEW Act to monitor the maintenance and management of buildings without strata titles will be introduced soon, said Deputy Land and Co-operative Development Minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong. He said the draft of the proposed Act was now with the Attorney-General for deliberation and it is expected to be tabled in the next Parliament meeting.

Grouse over empty promises 18/02/2000 MM
IN view of the pending sales of the Damansara Indah Resort Homes, I feel it is only fair that prospective buyers are made aware of what they may be getting themselves into. The developers of the project are also the developers of Tropicana Golf and Resort, who made several promises during their sales campaign.

Act against errant builders 18/02/2000 NST
It is an oft-heard refrain that leaves many house buyers cheesed off. And some unrepentant developers continue taking things for granted, especially when enforcement of the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 has not been strict.

Act to resolve problems related to buildings without strata titles 18/02/2000 BT
THE Government will introduce a new Act that will resolve problems pertaining to the maintenance and management of basic amenities on buildings which have yet to receive strata titles, Deputy Land and Cooperative Development Minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong said. Replying to a question by Lee Kah Choon (Jelutong-BN), he said currently, the management and maintenance of flats, apartments and condominiums are being handled by the residents management corporation which was set up immediately after the strata titles were registered with the ministry as stipulated under the 318 Strata Titles Act 1985.

Living on the brink of danger 18/02/2000 MM
NO one knows the meaning of living on the edge more than housewife S. Pushpa. For that is exactly the state of her wooden house at Jalan 21/18 in Taman Aman, Petaling, which is on the brink of collapsing.

Pushing for housing industry reforms 19/2/2000 NST
Ong to set new standards, accountability Three months into his term as Minister for Housing and Local Government, Datuk Ong Ka Ting has displayed a dynamism that could push developers out of their comfort zone by addressing some of their shortcomings.

Semen jatuh ancam penduduk 19/02/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 3,000 penghuni Flet Sri Tioman II, Gombak, di sini, terpaksa berdepan dengan bahaya `perangkap maut' berikutan struktur pada dinding ketiga-tiga blok bangunan di situ semakin merekah dan pecah, sejak dua tahun lalu. Kebanyakan pembeli rumah pangsa dimajukan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) itu mendakwa, sehingga kini sudah berlaku tiga kejadian yang merosakkan harta milik penduduk termasuk kenderaan apabila tampalan simen merekah dan jatuh.

Waiting for his new condo unit 19/02/2000 MM By Rosma Omar; Harny Abu Khair
* HAVING already paid 30 per cent of the purchase price for a condominium in Sentul, Abdul Samad is wondering when the project will be completed. He says he bought the condominium in 1996 from the developer, Sentul Raya Sdn Bhd, and was told that the project would be completed in two years.

Residents fight for free parking lots 21/02/2000 MM
WHAT has happened to the free parking promised to owners of shophouse- apartments in Pusat Bandar Puchong? This is the question raised by Puchong Perdana MIC branch head Aftar Singh on parking lots for residents of the shophouse-apartments here.

Rumah USJ19 retak 21/02/2000 HM
SUBANG JAYA: Penduduk USJ19, di sini, amat berharap dapat memiliki rumah sempurna dan setimpal dengan jumlah wang lebih RM200,000 yang dikeluarkan bagi membeli rumah di kawasan itu, sejak lebih tiga tahun lalu. Rumah teres dua tingkat yang didiami sekarang berada dalam keadaan semakin teruk sejak satu setengah tahun lalu berikutan pertambahan rekahan dan retak di kebanyakan dinding, tangga, balkoni dan tepi tingkap.

Bandar Puncak Alam developer told to submit report 23/02/2000 NST
BATANG BERJUNTAI, Tues. - The developer of Bandar Puncak Alam Phase 2A housing project has been ordered today to submit a report to the Kuala Selangor district council on alleged structural defects in some 300 units of double-storey houses. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Omar said he wanted to know what the structural defects were, how it was caused and the remedial measures to be taken to rectify the problem.

Puncak Alam diarah hantar laporan rumah rosak 23/02/2000 HM
RAWANG: Pemaju projek perumahan Bandar Puncak Alam, Bukit Cerakah Development Sdn Bhd, diminta menghantar laporan mengenai kerosakan dan keretakan rumah di Fasa 2A kepada Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor (MDKS). Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Omar, berkata laporan itu penting bagi membolehkan MDKS meneliti punca sebenar masalah itu dan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya untuk mengatasinya.

Housing Ministry officials must be more proactive 23/02/2000 The Star By V.K. Chin
It is quite incredible that no housing developer has been taken to task for not submitting six-monthly progress reports which they are required to do under the law. No wonder some developers do not seem to be too bothered with public complaints against them.

Pemaju setuju baiki rumah retak 24/02/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Pemaju kawasan perumahan USJ18 dan USJ19, Sime-UEP dan pemaju bangunan komersil di USJ19, Sanjung Utama Sdn Bhd, diarahkan bekerjasama membaiki keretakan kira-kira 49 rumah di situ. Ahli Parlimen Subang, Tan Sri K S Nijhar, berkata beliau difahamkan bahawa dua pemaju terbabit pada dasarnya sudah bersetuju untuk membiayai kos kerja pembaikan keretakan rumah terbabit.

Pemaju Puncak Alam jumpa pembeli minggu depan 24/02/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Pemaju perumahan bandar Puncak Alam, Bukit Cerakah Development Sdn Bhd (BCDSB), akan mengadakan perjumpaan dengan pembeli rumah fasa 2A yang mengalami kerosakan dan keretakan, minggu depan. Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan syarikat itu semalam, semua pembeli terbabit sedang dihubungi untuk dimaklumkan mengenai kerosakan rumah berkenaan

Developer to meet buyers over defects 24/02/2000 NST
KLANG, Wed. - Bukit Cerakah Development Sdn Bhd, the developer of Bandar Puncak Alam Phase 2A housing project, will meet buyers of double-storey houses with structural defects soon to brief them on the problem and remedial measures to be taken. Its corporate communications manager Norhayati Sulaiman-Adzhar who confirmed that the units had structural defects, especially cracks, said it was to protect the safety of the purchasers that the company had erected hoardings.

Developers must explain or face action  25/02/2000 NST
ACTION will be taken against housing developers who fail to explain how money collected from housebuyers for the "sinking fund" is used. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said the ministry would investigate developers who could not provide a statement of account for the fund. Ong was replying to Lee Kah Choon (BN-Jelutong) who wanted to know what action would be taken to ensure that such funds were not misapproriated.

Ministry plans Bill to plug property agreement loopholes 25/02/2000 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry is coming up a with a Bill to tighten existing loopholes in the transition period between when apartments and condominiums are occupied, and when the buyers receive their strata titles. Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said during this transition period, there is no existing law that clearly states who is responsible for the services and maintenance of the buildings.

Bill on condo services with A-G, says Ka Ting 25/02/2000 The Star
Kuala Lumpur: The proposed Bill which would allow for the setting up of a joint committee comprising buyers and developers to oversee the maintenance and management of condominium services is currently at the Attorney-General's Chambers.

HBA can play a positive role 26/02/2000 NST
THE House Buyers Association (HBA) can play a positive role in improving the industry. However, it must have a clear understanding of property development and should address the root causes of the woes plaguing the industry, instead of merely highlighting the symptoms, said property industry professionals interviewed by the New Straits Times.

Building industry can carry out system through commitment 26/02/2000 NST
THE use of industrial building systems can be implemented within five years if all parties involved in the building industry are committed to the move, said the Master Builders Association Malaysia. "There needs to be a concerted effort among designers, engineers, developers, contractors and government agencies involved in the building industry to work together to implement modular coordination systems, which can in turn, pave the way for industrialised methods," said MBAM treasurer-general Wong Chee Kooi.

Pembeli rumah kesal projek belum mula 26/02/2000 BH By Teh Kean Kiat
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Pembeli rumah pangsa kos rendah di Lingkaran Nur Kajang, di Batu 11 1/2, Jalan Cheras, Hulu Langat, di sini, kecewa sikap pemaju yang masih belum memulakan projek pembinaan walaupun tarikh siap sepatutnya awal tahun lalu. Kawasan dua blok rumah pangsa kos rendah bernilai RM31,000 hingga RM33,000 itu sehingga kini masih dipenuhi semak-samun. Setiap blok setinggi lima tingkat itu mengandungi 80 unit.

Pemaju rumah masih 'belum sedar' 28/02/2000 Utusan Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR 27 Feb. - Biarpun, sektor pembinaan terutama bagi rumah kediaman, baru sahaja menunjukkan pemulihan tetapi masih ada ramai pemaju yang enggan belajar daripada pengalaman mereka.

Pemaju tidak puas hati mutu binaan rumah 28/02/2000 HM
KLANG: Pemaju projek perumahan Bandar Puncak Alam, Bukit Cerakah Development Sdn Bhd mengakui tidak puas hati dengan mutu binaan rumah teres dua tingkat Fasa 2A yang didakwa pembeli rosak dan retak. Jurucakapnya berkata, perkara itu adalah antara sebab mengapa syarikat tidak menyerahkan rumah itu mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan, tetapi sebagai pemaju bertanggungjawab usaha akan diambil untuk menyerahkan rumah bermutu kepada pembeli secepat mungkin.

 

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