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Cek lambat peminjam jadi mangsa 05/06/2000 BH
PIHAK pinjaman perumahan lewat mengeluarkan cek pinjaman pertama, kedua dan ketiga. Oleh itu, saya dikenakan faedah oleh pihak pemaju. Akhirnya menerusi seorang rakan sekerja, saya diberitahu bahawa saya boleh menghubungi pihak pinjaman supaya menolong saya dengan mengeluarkan satu salinan surat supaya saya tidak dikenakan faedah. Jadi, saya pun ikut nasihat rakan ini. Setelah menunggu beberapa lama, saya terima surat yang dihantar kepada peguam saya iaitu peguam kepada kedua-dua pihak pembeli dan pemaju. Saya sungguh berbesar hati atas tindakan pihak pinjaman yang mengeluarkan surat itu. Tetapi, selepas itu, saya terima satu lagi surat daripada pemaju meminta saya membayar faedah berkenaan. Jika tidak, saya akan dikenakan faedah 10 peratus dan dikira dari hari ke hari (daily interest). Nampaknya pihak pemaju tidak mengindahkan surat kerajaan. Saya gagal menemui exco kerajaan negeri tetapi saya hanya menemui pembantunya saja. Hasilnya masih tidak memuaskan hati saya. Beliau lebih memihak kepada pemaju

Slanted walls and ceiling, rough surfaces for RM225,000 05/06/2000 MM
ROUGH surfaces, walls that are not properly aligned, and slanting ceilings. No, this is not the new architectural design for 165 units of double- storey link houses in Section 7, Shah Alam

Four small steps to anger 05/06/2001 MM
MORE than RM1,000 for every step. This is the ridiculous sum 41 residents of Dewana Mansion in Taman Salak Selatan have been told to pay for a four-step approach leading to their apartments.

`See you in court'  06/06/2001 MM
LET the courts decide. This was the response of the developer of the Dewana Mansion apartments in Taman Salak Selatan to grouses from property buyers who were incensed that they had to pay a substantial amount for extra built-up and a four- step approach area.

Strata titles legislation given more bite 06/06/2001 MM-CLAS
AS indicated in previous statements by the Minister for Land and Co- operative Development, amongst the things which the draftsman had done to the existing law (the Strata Titles Act 1985, the Act) is to increase the penalty on the developer for not applying for strata titles within the prescribed period - a duty imposed under section 8(2) of the Act. Under the old provision, which is section 8(5), the penalty is a fine not exceeding RM5,000. Beyond that, there is a daily fine of not exceeding RM1,000 for as long as the offence continues. After the amendment, there is a minimum fine of RM10,000 and a maximum fine of RM100,000, plus a daily fine of not more than RM1,000 for as long as the offence continues.

Shah Alam homes to be rectified 07/06/2000 MM
DISSATISFIED homeowners at Section 7, Shah Alam, can rest easy as the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) has assured that defects in their homes will be rectified. The plight of some of them was highlighted in The Malay Mail on Monday, their main grouses being shoddy workmanship and the lack of response from PKNS which developed the houses.

Residents fed up with empty promises 09/06/2000 MM
IN a letter to The Malay Mail yesterday, a Section 7, Shah Alam resident explained why he and his neighbours were still anxious despite assurances received by PKNS. He said the PKNS, as an organisation which had been ISO certified (on supervision of the construction of houses), has failed to live up to expectations.

8 pemilik rumah diarah berpindah 10/06/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Lapan daripada 20 pemilik rumah di USJ 19, Subang Jaya, dekat sini, diarahkan berpindah ke pangsapuri Tropical Paradise, USJ 18, kerana rumah mereka tidak selamat diduduki. Surat pekeliling mengarahkan pemilik terbabit berpindah dan mendiami kediaman baru dikeluarkan pertengahan bulan lalu.

Innovative way to resolve housing defects 10/06/2000 NST
THE Penang Government's announcement last month that it is taking immediate measures to resolve the continuing problems of housing defects in the State is most welcome. According to media reports, the State Government has directed the developer of a housing project at Taman Bukit Panchor in Seberang Prai Selatan to remedy the defects in some of the 402 units of low-cost houses built.

Projek rosakkan rumah 12/06/2000 HM
PUCHONG: Lebih 2,000 penduduk kawasan perumahan di Bandar Bukit Puchong dekat sini, diancam bahaya `gempa bumi' berikutan kerja letupan memecah batu dan tanah di situ, sejak awal tahun ini. Timbalan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa penduduk kawasan itu, Kamaruzzaman Tarumizee, berkata letupan yang kuat kerap seperti gempa bumi menggegarkan seluruh kediaman dan ada rumah penghuni yang retak.

Rumah baru retak, mendap 12/06/2000 BH
PADA Mac 1997, saya dan isteri membeli satu unit kediaman berkembar di Bandar Kulim, Kedah daripada sebuah syarikat. Sebelum urusan jual beli dilakukan kami diberitahu bahawa projek itu adalah fasa kedua iaitu lanjutan projek fasa permata yang terletak di seberang jalan. Kami diberitahu bahawa bangunan yang akan dibina adalah sama dengan fasa pertama, cuma perbezaannya adalah dari segi keluasan tanah. Oleh kerana tertarik dengan contoh bangunan, mutu kerja dan penggunaan bahan yang berkualiti pada projek fasa pertama, kami bersetuju untuk membeli salah satu unit kediaman pada fasa kedua. Mulai April 1999, saya mengingatkan pemaju akan kelewatan urusan penyerahan rumah di samping aduan mengenai kualiti kerja dan bahan-bahan yang digunakan. Namun sehingga kini tiada sebarang tindakan yang diambil oleh pemaju. Malah wang denda kelewatan hanya dibayar pada kadar 70 peratus daripada yang sepatutnya saya terima. Alasan yang diberi adalah pihak pemaju mengalami kerugian. Amat dikesalkan sebuah syarikat yang ternama mencari keuntungan dengan cara menipu pembeli. Pembinaan bangunan yang tidak mengikut spesifikasi pelan dan penggunaan bahan-bahan binaan yang bermutu rendah menyebabkan kebanyakan rumah termasuk yang kami beli mengalami keretakan pada lantai dan dinding akibat pemendapan tanah. Penggunaan kayu-kayan pintu dan tingkap yang bermutu rendah menyebabkan retakan pada bingkai dan penggunaan kayu bumbung yang bercampur aduk antara kayu berubat dengan biasa di samping mutu kerja sambil lewa adalah amat berbahaya dalam jangka masa panjang. Di samping itu, terdapat pembinaan dinding bata yang senget dan condong, kerja memplaster yang menyakitkan hati, wayar elektrik berselerakan di atas siling dan pelbagai lagi kecacatan yang ketara pada kebanyakan unit kediaman berkenaan

Draft to amend housing Act finalised 19/06/2000 The Star
PENANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry is finalising a draft copy of proposed amendments to the Housing Developers Act (1976) and will submit it to the Attorney-General's Chamber in August.

Housebuyers demand refund 19/06/2000 The Star By Ng Su-Ann
A group of housebuyers, who have been waiting four years for their Fettes Villa condominiums to be built, want the developer to refund them their downpayment of between RM12,000 and RM15,000 each.

Ministry seeks developer of stalled project 20/06/2000 The Star
PENANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry is trying to track down the developer of the stalled RM300mil Fettes Villa project in Mount Erskine.

Eye on Developers and their gimmicks 21/06/2000 The Star
PETALING JAYA: Housing developers who attract buyers with "unrealistic'' offers are now being closely monitored by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Kementerian siapkan draf akta bangunan 21/06/2000  BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan sedang menyiapkan draf Akta Bangunan dan Harta Bersama (Pengurusan dan Penyelenggaraan) bagi mewujudkan kawalan lebih rapi dan berkesan terhadap semua bangunan bertingkat, terutama kondominium dan pangsapuri. Menterinya, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, berkata draf itu sudah di peringkat akhir dan akan dikemukakan kepada Peguam Negara tidak lama lagi.

Call to identify project risks 21/06/2000 NST
PETALING JAYA, Tues - Housing developers were today urged to identify risks involved in their proposed projects to avoid abandoning them later. If this was done, there should be no reason for viable projects to fail, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said today.

Bill on highrises in final stage 21/06/2000  BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry is in the final stage of drawing up a Bill on regulating the management and maintenance of highrise buildings. Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the draft of the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Bill will be presented to the Attorney-General's Chambers for study soon.

Options for disgruntled PKNS housebuyers 21/06/2000 MM
A CHOICE between a lump sum payment or engage Selangor Development Corporation-appointed contractors to rectify defects. Both options were offered by the PKNS to house owners of Section 7, Shah Alam, whose homes have been plagued by problems caused by shoddy workmanship.

Be ready for new guidelines 24/06/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR Fri. - Housing developers must prepare for the new guidelines on drainage systems which will be mandatory from next year, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said today. He added the Government might not have been very strict about drainage systems for residential areas in the past, but was determined to ensure compliance with the new guidelines.

Desperate move by housebuyers 24/06/2000 NST
SEREMBAN, Fri. - Tired of waiting for 14 years, 62 low-cost housebuyers at Taman Jayamas in Jalan Tun Dr Ismail plan to move into their homes next month. This is despite the fact that the certificates of fitness have not been issued yet.

Bukit Tupah project revived 26/06/2000 NSTBy Zubaidah Abu Bakar
ALOR STAR, Sun. - The Kedah Government is reviving the Bukit Tupah agro-tourism park project, scrapped by former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid five years ago, but at double the original cost. The project, renamed the Kedah Resort City, will cost RM1.5 billion compared to RM750 million in 1994.

Backbencher supports house buyers' demo 29/06/2000 NST
A BARISAN Nasional backbencher drew a glare from Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon when the latter expressed support for a demonstration by buyers of a stalled housing project outside the State Legislative Assembly building on Monday. Lim Gim Soon (MCA-Kampong Kolam) said he had even encouraged the demonstrators to protest outside the Chief Minister's office.

Getting raw end of the deal 30/06/2000 MM
THE absence of wall plastering in 600 low-cost units in Taman Sri Sentosa, off Jalan Klang Lama, has been bothering buyers over the last few months. They fear the walls will leak once the units are ready at the end of the year.

 

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