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Tetap bantu projek rumah terbengkalai 01/12/2000 HM
KUALA LUMPUR: Masalah pembeli rumah terbengkalai tidak pernah dibiarkan begitu saja dan keutamaan tetap diberi untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini.

Ensuring safety for high-rise style of living 02/12/2000 NST
MALAYSIANS can generally be divided into two categories – those who prefer to have houses built on terra firma, and those who like high-rise living.

National recycling campaign launched 03/12/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat Ever wondered what it would be like to live next to a dumpsite or to see a skyline dotted with hills of rubbish instead of green natural ones?

No proper access to new condo 05/12/2000 MM
THE lack of a proper access road to his new condominium is worrying ST who will be moving into the unit soon. He says a six-month temporary certificate of fitness was issued for the Mutiara Sentul Condominium in Jalan 9/48A off Jalan Sentul last October, with a condition that a proper 50 feet access road be built within the period.

112 private housing projects not viable for revival 06/12/2000 BT
ONE hundred and twelve private sector housing projects throughout the country have been found to be not viable to be revived. According to figures compiled by the Housing and Local Government Ministry as at December last year, these projects are faced with either financial and administrative constraints or law suits.

Housing Fund to be re-launched 08/12/2000 NST All reports on "Dewan Rakyat" by Ramlan Said; Ainon Mohd
THE fund to revive abandoned housing projects will be re-launched under the purview of Syarikat Perumahan Negara, said Housing and Local Government minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. Ong said the ministry had discussed the matter with the Finance Ministry following an increase in abandoned projects during the economic downturn two years ago.

Tabung Projek Terbengkalai dilancar semula 08/12/2000 Utusan Malaysia
KUALA LUMUR 7 Dis. - Tabung Projek Terbengkalai bagi memulihkan projek perumahan tergendala akan dilancarkan semula dilancarkan semula tidak lama lagi berikutan bertambahnya projek-projek yang tidak dimajukan ekoran kemelesetan ekonomi hampir dua tahun lalu.

Syarat lebih ketat elak projek terbengkalai  09/12/2000  BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Pemaju perumahan kini dikenakan syarat yang lebih ketat bagi mendapatkan lesen pembinaan bagi mengelak projek terbengkalai, kata Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. Beliau berkata, kementerian akan memastikan pemaju benar-benar mampu menjalankan sesuatu projek dan mematuhi segala syarat yang ditetapkan kerajaan negeri, terutama berhubung hak milik tanah.

Hope for abandoned schemes 09/12/2000 NST
THERE is still hope for many who committed their hard-earned savings to houses which they thought they would never see. These are the victims of housing projects abandoned by developers as a result of the recession two years ago. It is hoped that the Abandoned Housing Projects Rehabilitation Fund, which is to be re-launched, will help to give a new lease of life to some of these housing schemes. The fund will come under the purview of Syarikat Perumahan Negara, the national housing corporation, which is fulfilling a social obligation towards buyers in reviving some of the projects. The re-launch of the Fund is a positive move in resolving the plight of housebuyers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting told Parliament on Thursday the authorities had identified more than 40 projects which can be revived. The criterion is that the projects can be re-developed, especially those which had many buyers still keen on the houses. Money is unlikely to be poured into schemes which have not got off the ground and where the buyers are no longer interested.

More stringent requirements for building licences 09/12/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Government has set stricter requirements for building licences in an effort to prevent housing projects from being abandoned. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said housing developers must show they have the financial ability to carry out a project and comply with conditions set by the State governments.

Ada pegawai PBT seleweng CF 10/12/2000 BM
RAWANG: Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting tidak menolak kemungkinan berlaku penyelewengan di kalangan kakitangan pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) dalam meluluskan sijil layak menduduki (CF). Masalah itu, katanya, menyebabkan sijil layak menduduki lewat dikeluarkan sehingga menyukarkan pembeli.

Ong: Proactive approach needed to solve public woes 10/12/2000 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will continue to reduce red tape in its departments, Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said today.

Accept criticism, Ong urges min istry staff 10/12/2000 The Star
The Housing and Local Government Ministry has urged its staff to accept criticism from the public and take up the challenge to provide quality service.

Time to form body to monitor quality of work 11/12/2000 The Star
The first year of the new millennium is coming to a close in a few weeks. Instead of reviewing the property market in general, I would like to touch on a more pressing issue that does not seem to improve much over the years.

10-fold rise in fines under changes to Strata Titles Act 11/12/2000  NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Proposed amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 would include a 10-fold increase in the penalty for developers of highrise buildings who did not apply for strata titles, Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperative Development Dr Tan Kee Kwong said today. "Hopefully, the heavier fine would act as a deterrent against developers who are thinking of not fulfilling their responsibilities," he told reporters after attending the Desa Kiara Condominium Owners and Residents' Association meeting today.

`Imposing higher penalty on developers not the solution' 12/12/2000 BT By Ariff Awang
INCREASING the penalty on developers of highrise buildings who do not apply for strata titles may not be the real solution to overcome the problem of errant developers. The Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) said there are other issues that need to be addressed besides imposing a heavier penalty on the errant developers.

Black sheep developers the root of housing woes 13/12/2000 The Malay Mail
Familarity does breed contempt, especially when it concerns homebuyers with problematic purchases. Check out the following cases;K signed a sales and purchase (S&P) agreement for a house in 1991 which was completed in 1992.

Allan kecewa rumah belum siap 13/12/2000 BH By Saufi Hamzah
ALLAN Chia, pemenang hadiah permainan sempurna dalam Kejohanan Terbuka Antarabangsa Malaysia Mac tahun lalu, begitu kecewa kerana rumah dua tingkat berharga kira-kira RM355,000 yang dimenangi masih belum siap sepenuhnya. Sehingga kini, bekas pemain kebangsaan itu hanya menerima surat perjanjian jual beli pada April tahun ini daripada pemaju yang bertanggungjawab membina rumah berkenaan di kawasan Lembah Beringin.

Pemaju gagal mohon hak milik strata 13/12/2000 HM
PETALING JAYA: Penghuni kondominium Desa Kiara di sini meminta pemaju menyelesaikan masalah mengenai permohonan hak milik strata. Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk Kondominium Desa Kiara, Richard Yong Woon Leong mendakwa, sehingga kini pemaju terbabit, Actaprop Sdn Bhd tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan untuk mendapatkan hakmilik strata.

Need to fine-tune regulations to protect interests of homeowners 13/12/2000 MM
The local housing industry has never been an all-rosy affair. Endless woes from buyers not getting their certificate of fitness, defective homes, delays, or under and over-supply of certain types of homes. Taking charge of overseeing the industry is tough.

Families cry foul as developer cuts services  14/12/2000 The Star
Malacca: More then 150 families of Taman Malinja apartments in Bukit Baru have been putting up with a foul smell since Dec 1, after the developer stoped cleaning services in the 245-unit apartment.

Independent consultant hired to supervise project 14/12/2000 MM
Developers need to take charge if the construction industry is to move forward. Sri Hartamas Berhad, for example, made the bold move forward with its Sri Hartamas Home Standard, promising zero defect homes.

Promise of quality homes with zero defects 14/12/2000 MM
IS owning a home without any problem, really impossible? Horror stories abound of cracks appearing in walls after the owners have moved in, water seepage, leaks, faulty wiring or worse, not getting the title to your own property!

Independent consultant hired to supervise project 14/12/2000 MM
DEVELOPERS need to take charge if the construction industry is to move forward. Sri Hartamas Berhad, for example, made the bold move forward with its Sri Hartamas Home Standard, promising zero defect homes.

New Act to ensure flats are properly run 15/12/2000 The Star
JOHOR BARU: Broken-down lifts and unsightly low-cost flats and apartments will be a thing of the past when the Maintenance and Common Properties Act is enforced next year.

Greater protection for homebuyers 16/12/2000 MM
The past week saw moves by the government to afford greater protection to homebuyers. Among the steps that have been taken include stricter conditions for approval of housing developers’ licenses, an increase in penalty for failure to make application for strata titles and the re-launch of the fund for abandoned housing projects.

Legal poser over condotels 16/12/2000 NST
A TREND is emerging in the development of stratified properties where more and more developers are offering serviced apartments for sale as opposed to conventional apartments and condominiums.

Right to object to proposed plan for neighbour's land 16/12/2000 NST
You have been informed, by a reliable source, that your neighbour is about to carry out a mixed development project on his land.

Ways to revive abandoned housing projects 19/12/2000 MM By Shahrul Hafeez
ABANDONED housing projects are a nuisance to almost everyone. An eyesore on the landscape, a constant reminder of lost investments for buyers, an extra task for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and a black mark in the developer's book.

Upset over lack of access road to Damansara Damai 20/12/2000  NST-CITY
BANDAR Sri Damansara residents are hoping the developer of Damansara Damai will build a separate access route to the housing scheme instead of using the existing roads in their township. Their anxiety is based on the fact that so far there has been no sign of a separate access road although about 10,000 house buyers are expected to move into Damansara Damai in June.

Flet tak siap-siap 20/12/2000 HM
WANGSA MAJU: Kira-kira 1,000 penduduk Kampung Pasir Wardieburn dan Danau Kota di sini mendesak pemaju menyiapkan projek rumah pangsa kos rendah yang terbengkalai sejak enam tahun lalu. Pengerusi Penyelaras Pembangunan Masyarakat Gabungan Penduduk Kampung Pasir Wardieburn dan Danau Kota, Mohd Liza Kudin, berkata projek rumah pangsa 20 tingkat itu dimulakan sejak 1994 dan sepatutnya siap tiga tahun kemudian.

1,000 keluarga hampa tunggu rumah pangsa 20/12/2000 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Penantian lebih 10 tahun memiliki rumah sendiri masih kabur bagi lebih 1,000 keluarga di Kampung Pasir, Setapak dekat sini apabila projek rumah pangsa yang sepatutnya diduduki pada 1997, masih terbengkalai. Pengerusi Penyelaras Pembangunan Masyarakat Gabungan Penduduk Kampung Pasir, Mohamed Liza Kudin berkata, paling mengecewakan pemaju seolah-olah cuba menyembunyikan sesuatu apabila enggan menjelaskan kedudukan sebenar projek berkenaan.

Developer sued for breach of contract 23/12/2000 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Thirty-two condominium owners are suing housing developer Endah Raya Realty Sdn Bhd and two others for breach of contract over the "Shang Village" condominium project in Kelana Jaya. The case has been fixed for hearing on Feb 22 and 23 before High Court judge Datuk Azmel Ma'amor.

Pros and cons of build then sell 26/12/2000 MM
Under the "sell then build" (STB) concept, a businessman can become a developer almost overnight, by acquiring land.

Projek perumahan terus terbengkalai 27/12/2000 HM By Ahmad Naim Tahir
BATU PAHAT: Hasrat pembeli sebuah projek perumahan di Rengit, dekat sini untuk melihat projek terbabit disambung semula mungkin terjejas berikutan kegagalan mengesan semua pembelinya bagi penubuhan sebuah jawatankuasa bertindak. Ini kerana beberapa pembeli yang mengemukakan masalah mereka kepada Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan disaran menubuhkan jawatankuasa berkenaan untuk memudahkan sebarang urusan.

Pemaju mesti patuh syarat bina rumah 30/12/2000 BH
JOHOR BAHRU, Jumaat - Kerajaan Johor memberi amaran mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap pemaju, perunding kejuruteraan serta penyelia tapak yang melakukan penyelewengan dalam pembinaan rumah hingga membahayakan pengguna. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Hal Ehwal Pengguna dan Perumahan negeri, Samat Aripin berkata, tiga pihak terbabit perlu bertanggungjawab jika bangunan yang mereka bina runtuh dan mengorbankan nyawa.


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