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Cracks in homes need to be tackled properly 01/03/2000 NST
I REFER to your report (NST, Feb 2) entitled "Sleepless Nights prevail in USJ18" on defects in houses in the area. When something goes wrong, those responsible seem to take the simple way out by commissioning a soil test. In the case of USJ18, three different groups have carried out soil tests to ascertain who was responsible for the cause of the cracks in the homes.

Arbitration board needed to tackle housebuyers' woes 03/03/2000 NST
A BACKBENCHER has urged the Government to set up an arbitration board to settle problems between housebuyers and developers. Lee Kah Choon (BN-Jelutong) said the board would provide an easy and fast solution to problems between the two parties.

Move to set up Housing tribunal 03/03/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - A housing tribunal to arbitrate disputes between buyers and developers may be established under amendments to the Housing Developers' Act, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said today. He said the Ministry was still considering the possibility of having the tribunal but no decision had yet been made.

Put it down in black-and-white, says Ministry 07/03/2000 MM
THE Ministry of Housing and Local Government has ordered a company to put down in black-and-white its plan to sell land for residential housing. The Ministry issued the instruction to Lurah Pantas Sdn Bhd during a meeting last week as part of an investigation into reports that the company was selling low- and medium-cost houses without a developer's licence.

Housebuyer in a spot 07/03/2000 MM
HE was elated when his apartment was completed last January, but his joy was shortlived when he was told he had to pay a year's maintenance fees in advance. "Is there a law saying that a housebuyer has to pay the developer such a fee before he even moves into his new house?" asks Andrew.

Kementerian kaji selaras penyerahan CF, kunci rumah 10/03/2000 BH
KEMENTERIAN Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan sedang menjalankan kajian untuk meminda undang-undang bagi membolehkan penyerahan Sijil Kelayakan Menduduki (CF) selaras dengan penyerahan kunci rumah. Timbalan Menterinya, Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui berkata, sebuah jawatankuasa yang diketuai Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Ong Ka Ting sedang mendapatkan draf baru undang-undang itu.

150 complaints about errant developers 10/03/2000  NST
THE Government has so far this year received 150 complaints against developers who are late in applying for certificates of fitness, said Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Proton City project no abandoned: Mahaleel 11/03/2000 BT
PERUSAHAAN Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton) said it has not abandoned the shelved Proton City project that will house the company's second assembly plant. Chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said the company has invested too much in the project to abandon it.

Projek perumahan terbengkalai 13/03/2000 BH By Anak Jati
SAYA sedar isu pembinaan perumahan di Kampung Tongod, Kinabatangan bukan perkara baru bagi masyarakat kampung ini, apatah lagi, kepada pihak yang bertanggungjawab. Namun tindakan untuk mengotakan janji dalam hal ini seolah-olah sengaja dilengah-lengahkan oleh pihak berkenaan mungkin disebabkan masalah pengurusan ataupun pihak berkenaan hendak mempersendakan masyarakat di kawasan pedalaman ini. Penduduk kampung ini memohon pihak bertanggungjawab khasnya wakil rakyat kawasan ini dapat mengatasi kesulitan kami demi kepentingan dan kebajikan bersama.

Akta Pemaju Perumahan perlu diperketat 14/03/2000 BH
AKTA Pemaju Perumahan mempunyai banyak kelemahan dan perlu diperketatkan bagi memastikan pembeli tidak terus tertipu dengan sistem pengekodan warna yang digunakan sekarang. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Ong Ka Ting, berkata selepas lebih 80 hari mengetuai kementerian itu beliau mendapati akta berkenaan terlalu longgar kerana pengekodan warna yang dibuat tidak menggambarkan hakikat sebenar kedudukan sesuatu syarikat pemaju perumahan itu.

Data perumahan diperlukan 14/03/2000 BH
MENTERI Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Ong Ka Ting berkata, kementerian bercadang menubuh pangkalan data perumahan bagi memudahkan negeri mengesan permohonan berulang.

 `Need to tighten Housing Developers' Act' 14/03/2000 NST
THE best way to address the problem of irresponsible housing developers and protect the buyers is to tighten the Housing Developers' Act as the proposed colour coded system would not be effective enough. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said a good and just system was needed as the colour coded system was not transparent enough.

Ministry plans to revive fund for abandoned home projects 15/03/2000 NST
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry wants to revive the fund to rehabilitate abandoned housing projects if a study reveals that such a move is required. Its Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said the re-establishment of the fund, which ceased operations in 1992, would be proposed under the Eighth Malaysia Plan.

Pembeli rumah hadapi masalah 15/03/2000 BH By Suhaily Hassan
SAYA mewakili rakan-rakan adalah pembeli rumah kos rendah di sebuah taman perumahan di Jitra, Kedah. Jual-beli rumah ini berlaku hampir dua tahun lalu. Ini adalah projek terbengkalai. Pengurusan projek ini kemudiannya diambil alih oleh sebuah syarikat untuk menyiapkan kerja yang terbengkalai itu untuk dijual dan sekali gus menjadi penyelamat kepada projek ini. Syarikat baru itu dengan penuh dedikasi menyiapkan kerja yang terbengkalai itu dan menawarkan kepada pembeli yang berminat. Rungutan kami ialah: * Selepas dua tahun, syarikat belum selesai memulangkan deposit pembeli sedangkan urusan jual-beli sudah diselesaikan.

Pemaju lembap punca setinggan menderita 15/03/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Sikap pemaju yang lewat membangunkan 1,900 rumah di Wangsa Maju di sini, menyebabkan lebih 1,000 penduduk setinggan Kampung Pasir Wardieburn terpaksa menetap di rumah panjang di kawasan berkenaan sejak 1983. Keadaan itu menyebabkan penghuni terpaksa hidup serba kekurangan walaupun pemaju pernah berjanji untuk membina rumah segera sebagai syarat pemindahan.

Strata Titles Board to help aggrieved apartment owners 17/03/2000 MM
A BOARD to arbitrate disputes between management corporations and the owners of highrise buildings is in the offing. Deputy Land and Cooperative Development Minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong (picture) said the proposed Strata Titles Board will provide aggrieved apartment owners another avenue to seek redress.

Amendments to make local councils toe line 18/03/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Town and Country Planning Act 1976 will be amended by the Housing and Local Government Ministry to ensure that all development work carried out by the local authorities is according to plans already laid out. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said the amended Act would give the Federal Government and State governments greater powers for enforcement, monitoring and supervision of the activities of local authorities.

Ong: Amendment to give Act more bite 18/03/2000 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry hopes to amend the Town and Country Planning Act to allow the Federal Government and State Governments to play a concurrent role in planning future development plans. Its minister, Datuk Ong Ka Ting, said the amendments will give more bite in the areas of enforcement to the Federal and State Governments. Currently, enforcement of the act is handled by the local Town and Country Planning Department.

Developers 'must take the rap' 20/3/2000 The Star
It is unfair for developers to pass the buck to architects for poor quality and workmanship in housing projects, said the Malaysian Institute of Architects Northern Chapter.

Housebuyers to be categorised in database 22/03/2000 NST
HOUSEBUYERS are soon to be categorised in a technology savvy database, the Housing and Local Government Ministry said. The Malaysian Housing Urban Research Institute will be in charge of this project. .

Number of housing complaints increase by 75pc 22/03/2000 BT
COMPLAINTS from housebuyers increased by 75 per cent to 1,991 cases last year compared with 1,135 the previous year, according to the Housing and Local Government Ministry. The bulk of the complaints was on delays in handing over the houses, numbering 323 cases, followed by defects in workmanship (222), compensation (180) and absence of certificates of fitness (150), it said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur.

Penghuni dakwa rumah pangsa kotor, tidak selamat  22/03/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Penghuni rumah pangsa 10 tingkat di Pandan Perdana dekat sini, terpaksa tinggal di persekitaran kediaman yang kotor, berbau busuk dan tidak selamat, sejak dua tahun lalu. Selain dari itu, penghuni terpaksa menghadapi masalah lif di empat blok rumah pangsa berkenaan yang sering rosak.

Pemaju rumah berdolak-dalik 22/03/2000 HM By Ahmad Shahrul Nizam Muhammad
KUALA LUMPUR: Seorang Ahli Parlimen mendedahkan kerenah pemaju perumahan di kawasannya yang berdolak-dalih untuk melaksanakan projek walaupun sudah mengambil wang pendahuluan daripada pembeli. Mohd Ali Hasan (BN-Tebrau) ketika mengemukakan soalan tambahan di sidang Dewan Rakyat, semalam meminta supaya tindakan tegas dikenakan terhadap pemaju terbabit.

Peranan KPKT membantu projek terbengkalai 23/03/2000 BH By Lim Ann Teck
PROJEK perumahan swasta yang terbengkalai mula dikesan pada 1983. Definisi projek perumahan terbengkalai ialah apabila kerja pembinaan dan pemajuan di tapak terhenti selama 6 bulan atau lebih secara berterusan sama ada di dalam tempoh masa siap atau di luar masa siap seperti mana ditetapkan di dalam Surat Perjanjian Jual dan Beli. Atau apabila pemaju mengakui tidak berupaya untuk meneruskan projek, pengawal perumahan berpendapat sesuatu pemaju tidak dapat meneruskan lagi tanggungjawab mereka sebagai pemaju.

Tapak kondo dipenuhi sampah 23/03/2000 HM
AMPANG: Masalah tapak pembinaan Kondominium Menara Ampang Ria, di sini, yang dipenuhi sampah dan semak samun sejak ditinggalkan membimbangkan penduduk sekitar. Wakil MCA cawangan Ampang Jaya, semalam, turun padang melawat kawasan di sekitar Ampang Jaya, di sini, yang bermasalah termasuk tapak pembinaan terbabit.

Truants courting danger at abandoned site 25/03/2000 MM By Sam Cheong
SOME pupils are skipping school to get wet and wild at the basement of an abandoned construction site in Sentul. Following a tip off, The Malay Mail checked Lot 39-47 at Jalan Kovil Hulu, Sentul, yesterday.

Pakar kaji flet retak 25/03/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) akan melantik tenaga pakar yang akan menjalankan kajian khas bagi mengkaji masalah tampalan simen yang retak dan mengancam keselamatan penghuni di Flet Sri Tioman 11, Gombak. Pegawai Akhbarnya, Rozielawati Rahmat, berkata kajian terperinci itu bagi penyelesaian jangka panjang untuk mengenal pasti punca sebenar masalah itu.

Local councils get deadline on gazetted and updated by-laws 26/03/2000  NSUNT
PETALING JAYA, Sat. - Local authorities have been given until next week to report to the Housing and Local Government Ministry on the number of updated by-laws they have gazetted. "Many local authorities are still using outdated uniform by-laws. They have one week to report the status to us," Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting said.

Pemaju guna konsep jualan langsung 27/03/2000 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Ahad - Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna diminta menyiasat lebih lanjut dakwaan mengatakan sebuah syarikat pemaju perumahan di Mantin, Negeri Sembilan mengamalkan konsep jualan langsung untuk melariskan rumahnya. Pemaju itu didakwa menawarkan pakej jual beli rumah secara jualan langsung apabila pembeli yang sudah membayar pendahuluan berpeluang mendapatkan semula wang itu melalui insentif perujuk dengan mendapatkan jumlah tertentu pembeli lain.

Call to build flyover for Serdang Perdana 27/03/2000   NST-CITY
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council and developers in Serdang Perdana have been called to speed up the construction of a flyover to provide easy exit for residents of the housing areas to the main road of Sri Kembangan. Serdang Member Parliament Datuk Yap Pian Hon said this was necessary so that the residents of 5,000 houses would not face the same problem as Subang Jaya residents.

Payment made but no sign of work done 27/03/2000 MM
AFTER purchasing a terrace factory in the North Port Technology Zone, Khoo was informed by her financier, Citibank Bhd that progress payment was made in October last year for foundation and footing works done. But when she visited the site recently, she was surprised to see that little had been done.

Tabung perumahan diperlukan 29/03/2000 BH
KEMENTERIAN Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan bercadang meminta kerajaan mengadakan kembali tabung untuk membiayai projek perumahan terbengkalai kerana 158 projek dilaporkan masih memerlukan bantuan.

Beli rumah konsep jualan langsung salah 31/03/2000 BH
SEREMBAN, Khamis - Bahagian Penguatkuasa Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hah Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) meminta orang ramai yang membeli rumah menerusi konsep jualan langsung membuat aduan kepada pihaknya. Pengarah Bahagian negeri, Nasruddin Ismail, berkata pembeli yang mensyaki tindakan mereka melanggar Akta Jualan Langsung (AJL), hendaklah mengemukakan butiran bagi membolehkan pihaknya membuat siasatan.

 

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