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Check low-cost housing abuse
HOUSING for the lower income groups has always been
given top priority by the Government. While the higher income earner is better
placed to buy a house - often the only consideration is whether he can afford
a big or small one - the poor, in most cases can only dream about it. However,
to forge a harmonious and equitable society low income earners deserve decent
houses for their families. The solution therefore is to build low-cost houses
which are within the means of the poorer sections of society. This is what the
Government has set out to do. But problems will arise in low- cost housing programmes
if these houses do not always go to the designated group of people and are instead
diverted to those who, by virtue of their higher income, do not qualify for
them. This defeats the Government's objective to provide housing for the poor
and needy. The Johor Government's plans, announced last week, to review its
policy on the distribution of low-cost houses to check abuses and to ensure
that only eligible low-income earners get them is certainly a step in the right
direction. State Consumer Affairs, Domestic Trade and Housing Committee chairman
Abdul Samat Aripin said the Johor Government would be introducing a new system
this year in which all applicants for low and medium-cost houses would be issued
with eligibility certificates for three months to enable them to contact developers
to buy houses costing less than RM80,000 in the locality of their choice. These
certificates will be renewed until they get the houses or they have changed
their mind about buying. In view of the many applicants for low-cost houses,
another thing that could be done to ensure fairness in allocation is to allow
applicants to draw lots in the allocation process. Even though Johor has unveiled
new measures to curb abuses in low-cost housing distribution, the problem of
abuses in low-cost housing is not confined to Johor alone as these have also
been detected in other States as well. It is therefore a national problem. The
Johor experience has highlighted the need for measures to be adopted to ensure
low-cost houses are distributed equitably and that there are no loopholes to
impede a fair allocation.
Faster approval for projects
in Ampang Jaya 02/01/2001 NST-CITY
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) will introduce the "fast lane" concept
in accordance with the Selangor Government's directive to local authorities
to expedite applications that involve development projects to relocate squatters.
Council president Ahmad Kabit said: "The council is streamlining application
procedures so that development projects can take off fast, especially those
related to housing projects by developers who complement the State Government's
efforts to provide cheap houses for squatters."
must cater to disabled by year-end
ALL buildings in Peninsular Malaysia accessible to the public must have facilities
for the disabled by the year-end as required under the Uniform Buildings By-Law.
Lapan keluarga risau diancam
tanah runtuh 04/01/2001 BH
CHERAS, Rabu - Lapan keluarga dari Taman Len Sen di sini bimbang dengan ancaman
tanah runtuh yang kini memusnahkan bahagian belakang kediaman mereka sejak beberapa
hari lalu. Keadaan bertambah buruk apabila pembetung di kawasan perumahan itu
gagal berfungsi seperti asal dipercayai rosak akibat berlaku mendapan tanah
hingga menyebabkan saluran paip bawah tanah pecah.
Residents fed-up with Taman
Murni mudflow 05/01/2001 NST-CITY
TAMAN Murni residents in Kajang, tired of having to put up with mudflows, have
given the Kajang Municipal Council until Tuesday to get to the "root of the
problem". They said the mudflows that came with each downpour were caused by
extensive development projects upstream.
Mycom's Yap faces property
slump, shareholders' ire 05/01/2001 BT
YAP YONG Seong, who made a fortune betting on Malaysian property in the 1980s,
is trying to prevent the same market from wrecking his company, Mycom Bhd. The
60-year-old tycoon with a penchant for fancy cars - Yap used to own a stake
in Italian carmaker Automobili Lamborghini SpA - is struggling to reorganise
his property empire to repay RM1.5 billion in debt.
Concern over Sentul's green
lung 05/01/2001 MM
THE takeover of the Sentul Raya project by YTL Corporation Bhd has given rise
to some speculations and concerns. The prime concern is whether a nine-hole
golf course, the green lung of the area, will have to make way for either housing
or commercial development.
THERE was a heavy downpour yesterday, and the time was 4.30am. The residents
of the five-storey walk-up flats in Taman Kosas, Ampang, were in deep slumber.
Until they were rudely awakened by a rumble at that unearthly hour. And what
greeted the residents of Block A when they looked out of their windows to check
the source of the noise shocked and confused them.
Poor response for low-cost
homes 06/01/2001 NUT
THE Government's efforts to spur developers into building low-cost housing appears
to be bearing fruit, judging by the increase in the number of units launched
during the third quarter of 2000 compared with the second quarter. However,
response to newly-launched units during the quarter was generally weak in most
States, except for Malacca and Perlis.
Condo market remains good
PENANG, Fri. - The outlook for condominiums and apartments here is expected
to be good over the next five years, especially owner-occupied investments.
"Although there was an 8.8 per cent increase in such property units, with 19,296
units last year compared to 17,731 units in 1999, their prices were quite similar
to those of 1995/6," said consultant valuer Michael Geh of Raine & Horne International
Zaki and Partners today.
Housing Act may be renamed
07/01/2001 Sunday Star
Malacca acts to end strata
title woes 07/01/2001 Sunday Star
Malacca: The state government hopes to resolve strata title problems, faced
by owners of an estimated 150,000 flats or apartments here, through a one-stop
centre. Chief Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Ali Rustam said yesterday occupants or
owners of all high-rise buildings which had not been issued with strata titles
must form management committees and apply for the titles at the state Land and
Meeting with groups over
changes to Strata Titles Act 08/01/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperative Development Dr
Tan Kee Kwong said today the Government would be meeting with local authorities,
non-governmental organisations, the House Buyers' Association and other parties
affected by the proposed amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 within the
next few weeks. The amendments to the Act would include a 10-fold increase in
the penalty for developers of highrise buildings who did not apply for strata
Perumahan beri keutamaan kepentingan sosial 08/01/2001
Better service, facilities
for Ampang Jaya 08/01/2001 MM
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council is one of the oldest municipal councils in
Selangor. Established in 1992, the council is now into its third president,
Ahmad Kabit, who took over from Muhammad Nik last August.
Still no CF
for 100 property owners in JB 08/01/2001 The Star
Johor Baru: The Johor Baru MCA has asked the state government to look into the
plight of some 100 buyers of the Mount Austin project near here, who are still
waiting for certificates of fitness (CF) for the homes an shops they bought
Unhappy stay at medium-cost
flats 08/01/2001 MM
LIVING in a medium-cost flat at Pangsapuri Sentul Utama in Sentul, has been
unpleasant for SULAIMAN RAHIM. Since moving into his unit on the 16th floor,
Sulaiman, who paid RM100,000 for the premises in 1999, found the roof, ceiling
at the hall and master bedroom continuously leaking.
pay if there's no permit 09/01/2001 The Star
34 pemilik bimbang rumah
teres retak 10/01/2001 BH
KAJANG, Selasa - Lebih 34 pemilik rumah teres di Taman Bukit Mewah berada dalam
kebimbangan berikutan kediaman mereka mengalami keretakan serius dan dipercayai
tidak selamat diduduki. Penduduk percaya terdapat saliran air bawah tanah di
kawasan perumahan itu sehingga menyebabkan tanah cepat mendap dan struktur rumah
Sistem saliran bocor ancam
keselamatan 10/01/2001 HM
KAJANG: Keselamatan nyawa dan harta benda lebih 200 penduduk di Taman Bukit
Mewah di sini, terancam selepas beberapa rumah di kawasan berkenaan retak teruk.
Risiko itu terpaksa dihadapi jika keretakan itu tidak diatasi segera pihak bertanggungjawab,
memandangkan penghuninya masih mendiami rumah masing-masing kerana tidak mempunyai
Don't fall for the tall promises
of developers 12/01/2001 NST
I LIVE in one of the new developments, the ones that promise us a taste of the
new millennium, but I do not have a telephone line as yet. I moved in without
checking that a line was available as my three neighbours in the new golf course
development have telephone lines. So I assumed (wrongly) that I would have a
telephone line too.
The rights of purchasers 12/01/2001
LEGISLATION passed by Parliament are in most cases meant for the protection
of the public. Undoubtedly the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act
1966 is intended to "protect purchasers." Just look at the cases that had been
decided by the courts since the 1980s.
PKNS to build 20,000 houses
OVER the next five years, Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) will focus
its efforts on developing close to 20,000 residential units on approximately
404.7ha of land in prime locations within the Klang Valley. PKNS corporate and
marketing senior manager Yusof Othman said this is in line with the state's
mission to achieve a developed status by 2005, of which it is already halfway
through to fulfilling.
My wife died of heartache 15/01/2001 The Star
A 64-year-old housebuyer whose wife died of heartache before she could see their
'dream house', burst into tears during a Taman Terubong Indah (Majestic Heights)
dialogue session yesterday.
Five members of family die,
one hurt as fire sweeps through flat 15/01/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Five members of a family perished while another is fighting
for her life after they were trapped in their flat in a pre-dawn fire in Sentul
today. In the 4am fire which razed their unit on the 15th floor of City Hall's
Sri Kelantan Flat, the six were caught behind a locked grille while neighbours
frantically tried to save them.
`Victims were screaming but
we could do nothing' 15/01/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Immediate neighbour Jamalian Jailani's quick thinking probably
saved the life of Subatra Kaleesvaran in the Sri Kelantan flat fire today. Recounting
the tragedy, Jamalian, in her thirties, said she was awakened by thumps on her
door about 4am
Kajang council gives developers
ultimatum 16/01/2001 NST-CITY
THE Kajang Municipal Council has given developers involved in projects in the
vicinity of Taman Murni, Cheras a month to pay up their share of the cost towards
building a new monsoon drain to solve the flood problem in the area. The council
(MPK) will acquire a piece of land bordering Taman Murni to construct the drain
which will stretch from Taman Tun Perak to Sungai Cheras Kecil downstream near
Frequent safety checks for
flats 16/01/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - As the sole survivor of the flat fire fights for her life,
City Hall today pledged to carry out frequent checks on all its flats to ensure
they are safe. The assurance was given at a two-hour meeting between representatives
of the City Hall and Member of Parliament for Batu Ng Lip Yong. The meeting
was called after yesterday's pre-dawn fire which killed five members of a family.
Damaged equipment not replaced,
claim flat-dwellers 16/01/2001 MM
"WE have complained about the poor conditions many times but nothing has been
done." That's the response we got from Block C160 of Sri Kelantan flats resident's
committee chairman, Mohd Daud Kassim, on the state of fire- fighting equipment
Playing with fire
NO change. On March 9, 1998, The Malay Mail highlighted the poor state of fire-
fighting equipment at two City Hall flats - Loke Yew and Hang Tuah.
Better quality control with
new building system 17/01/2001 MM
HOW often have we come across shoddy construction work after we take delivery
of the keys to our new homes? You read about it in the newspapers all the time
- cracked walls, uneven flooring, leaking roofs, slanting doorframes, windows
that are not aligned, the list of horrors for new homeowners goes on.
Developer dragging its feet
over complaints 17/01/2001 MM
EACH time there is a downpour, water seeps into BALAN's sliding door area and
damages his condominium unit in Kajang. Among others, an expensive carpet, floor
tiles and the walls are frequently damaged at the Cypress Condominium unit in
Persiaran Sungai Long 1, Bandar Sungai Long.
‘People apathetic about fire safety’
17/1/2001 The Star
Kuala Lumpur : Malaysians are generally unaware of fire safety because of their
tidak apa attitude (apathy). City Fire and Rescue Department Director Leonard
Athanasius said education on fire safety was more important than having the
best fire fighting equipment.
Penduduk rosak alat bantuan padam api
17/01/2001 Harian Metro
Kuala Lumpur: Sikap penduduk yang merosak serta mencuri peralatan pancur kering
yang ditempatkan di bangunan kediaman dikenal pasti punca utama alat bantuan
memadamkan api itu gagal digunakan pada waktu kecemasan.
Be strict in issuing
CFs, local authorities told
18/01/2001 The Star
LOCAL authorities must be firm by not issuing certificates of fitness (CFs)
to housing developers who failed to follow guidelines.
No prohibition on fixing
grilles on high-rise flats 18/01/2001 NST
PUTRAJAYA, Wed. - The Government will not prohibit people from fixing grills
on their high-rise flats and condominiums although these had become "death traps"
during fires. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said
this was because the grills were fixed by houseowners for their own security
Fire certs for buildings proposed
18/01/2001 The Star
Putrajaya: Buildings identified as facing high risk of fires will be required
to have compulsory fire certificates, Housing and Local Government Minister
Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said yesterday.
Need for quick action by
authorities concerned 18/01/2001 NST
EVERY now and then we hear of landslides and mudslides and flash floods at new
housing or commercial projects. This problem normally worsens during the monsoon
season. One such serious problem of mudslides and flooding is now happening
right at my doorstep in Ayer Molek, Malacca.
Residents living in fear
of another disaster 18/01/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Hillslope clearing work near the site of Hulu Klang's Highland
Towers, which collapsed seven years ago, is keeping nearby residents sleepless
for fear of a repeat disaster. Developers are erecting at least three luxury
and medium-cost housing projects about 2km from Zoo Negara and only 100m from
the five-storey Desa Ku I and II condominiums.
Tiada cadangan haram pasang jeriji rumah: Ong
18/01/2001 Berita Harian
Putrajaya, Rabu – Kerajaan tidak berhasrat mengharamkan pemasangan jeriji di
tempat kediaman, seperti flat atau kondominium, wlaupun dikatakan menjadi punca
utama kematian mangsa yang terperamgkap ketika berlaku kebakaran.
Take not safety for granted
FAR too often, home comfort and its aesthetics rank above safety for its occupants.
It is not that safety is not important to them; it is perhaps more a case of
apathy and taking things for granted. City Fire and Rescue Department director
Leonard Athanasius hit the nail on the head when he said on Tuesday that when
fire and rescue personnel go to neighbourhoods to train residents on fire safety
and prevention techniques, the turn-out is regrettably low. Though there have
been many campaigns on safety and prevention, accidental fires due to carelessness
Residents told to support firefighters
19/01/2001 The Sun
Putrajaya, Thursday: Residents of high-rise buildings should be more cooperative
and help he Fire and Rescue Department maintain firefighting equipment.
Keep fire-fighting equipment inventory
Kota Kinabalu, Thursday – Owners and occupants of high-rise buildings, flats
and apartments were urged today to maintain fire-fighting equipment in good
Tunggu rumah siap 17 tahun 19/01/2001
Kuala Lumpur: Bagi 63 pembeli rumah di Taman Sri Aman, Kampung Idaman, Pandamaran,
Selangor penantian 17 tahun untuk memiliki kediaman sendiri belum tercapai kerana
projek perumahan itu masih terbengkalai.
Pemilik bangunan tinggi usah pasang jeriji
19/01/2001 Berita Harian
Kota Kinabalu, Khamis – Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia,
Datuk Jaafar Sidek Tambi menasihatkan semua pemilik premis bangunan tinggi di
negara ini tidak memasang jeriji keselamatan agar nyawa penghuninya tidak terancam
sekiranya berlaku kebakaran.
23-year wait - Ministry to probe into abandoned housing
project 20/01/2001 The Star By Susan Tan
The Housing and Local Government Ministry will find out why a housing project
which started 23 years ago in Taman Sri Aman, Port Klang was abandoned in 1997.
Strategi bantu mangsa projek terbengkalai
20/01/2001 Berita Harian
Bagan Datoh, Jumaat – Syarikat Perumahan Negara (SPN) sedang merangka beberapa
strategi bagi membantu pembeli rumah yang menjadi mangsa pemaju projek perumahan
yang terbengkalai, termasuk menyenaraikan bilangan unit rumah dan pemaju terbabit.
Vandalism and how some residents
overcome it 20/01/2001 MM
VANDALISM in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur is a never-ending problem, City
Hall has acknowledged.
Low-cost flats, high-cost
sabotage 21/01/2001 SUM
FOR the thousands of low-cost flat dwellers in the city, a fire last Sunday
in Kuala Lumpur which claimed five lives is a reminder of the fire traps they
live in. Fire traps?
Shoddy work still main grouse against builders
22/01/2001 The Star
Petaling Jaya: Shoddy workmanship, which has been the main complain against
developers for several years, continued to be the largest single complaint brought
to the Housebuyers Association (HBA) since its inception two years ago.
Chin: 20% of housing
projects no longer viable 21/12/2001 The Star
By Stephen Then
MIRI: About 20% of abandoned housing projects in Peninsular Malaysia have been
classified as “no-hopes” since the buyers have no more interest in reviving
Buyers still waiting for their houses after four years
22/01/2001 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 50 families are still waiting for their houses in Taman
Permai, Ampang, although the project was to have been completed four years ago.
Ensure that back lanes too
are hazard free 22/01/2001 NST
THE recent fire at Sri Kelantan Flats in Sentul where five members of a family
perished could have been avoided. I am staying in a single-storey terrace house.
A drain separates my house and the house of my backdoor neighbour who has additional
land at the back of his house as the telegraphic poles are on his side. My neighbour
has cemented this land and does his cooking in the open air.
The missing link
BUILD the missing link first! This is what the Bukit Rimau residents feel
over the Shah Alam City Council's decision to build the access road to link
the housing estate to the Kesas Highway (via Kota Kemuning) together with the
proposed second interchange.
FOMCA terima 1000 aduan
Kuala Lumpur, Selasa – Persatuan Pengguna masih menerima banyak aduan mengenai
isu kelewatan sijil layak menduduki (CF) walaupun pembeli rumah diberi jaminan
CF akan dikeluarkan selepas dua minggu kunci diserahkan.
Move to improve workmanship of new houses
24/01/2001 The Star
Kuala Lumpur: The amendments to the House Developers Act is among three actions
by the Housing and Local Government Ministry's three-pronged plan to improve
the level of workmanship of new houses.
Perak to gazette empty spaces
IPOH, Wed. - The Perak Government will gazette all vacant spaces in housing
estates to prevent the loss of green lungs to undesired commercial development
and for the benefit of future generations of Malaysians, Menteri Besar Datuk
Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali said today. He said there had been cases where business
and commercial projects were approved on such vacant spaces reserved for sports
and recreational activities.
PAG-Mampu Jaya quality works
attract up-market buyers 27/01/2001 NST
THAT upper-middle income housebuyers today are price
sensitive, and prefer to forgo premium finishings to save money, is an opinion
Choy Tai Seng would vociferously dismiss. Instead, the managing director of
construction-based PAG-Mampu Jaya Sdn Bhd says better quality of construction
and finishing is the key to attracting home upgraders, especially those looking
for high-end residential property.
Pemaju diminta baik pulih
rumah retak 27/01/2001 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Tiga puluh empat pemilik rumah teres di Taman Bukit Mewah,
Kajang, yang kebimbangan kerana terpaksa tinggal dalam rumah retak, menggesa
pemaju projek itu menyegerakan kerja membaik pulihnya bagi mengelak kejadian
tidak diingini daripada berlaku. Beberapa buah rumah di taman itu didapati mengalami
keretakan serius dan tidak selamat diduduki. Tiga daripadanya rumah bernombor
20, 22 dan 24 paling serius mengalami keretakan dengan simennya mula pecah.
Millions in unclaimed money
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - High Courts all over the country are keeping millions of
ringgit in compensation for untraceable landowners whose land has been acquired
by the Government for development purposes. Most of the land is ancestral and
located in strategic places.
billion pulih rumah terbengkalai
29/1/2001 Berita Harian
BAGAN DATOH, Ahad - Kerajaan akan membelanjakan kira-kira RM1.3 bilion untuk
memulihkan 47 skim perumahan terbengkalai di seluruh negara menerusi tabung
Skim Pemulihan Projek Terbengkalai (SPPT) tidak lama lagi.
Rumah terbengkalai :SPN terima RM1.3 billion
BAGAN DATOH 28 Jan – Kerajaan memperuntukkan RM1.3 billion kepada Syarikat Perumahan
Negara Berhad (SPN) bagi menyelesaikan masalah rumah terbengkalai di seluruh
negara. Pengerusi SPN, Datuk Zahid Hamidi berkata, dianggarkan sebanyak 47 skim
perumahan terlibat dalam projek pemulihan itu.
HBA: No abandoned
projects if developers follow the law 29/12/2001
The Star By Clarence Chua
PETALING JAYA: House buyers would not have to face the prospects of abandoned
projects if the law was properly adhered to, said the House Buyers Association
MB pushing for revival of
projects 29/01/2001 NST
PORT DICKSON, Sun. - The State Government is doing its level best to revive
several abandoned projects which have become eye-sores in Seremban and other
districts. Although no solution is yet in sight, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad
Isa Abdul Samad said he "is personally in contact with the developers" to push
for the revival of the projects, which were abandoned during the economic slowdown.
Tougher action to ensure
safety' 29/01/2001 NST
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Sun. - Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon is proposing to
the Federal Government for more stringent action against developers, architects
and project engineers who do not adhere to building specifications. A detailed
study on such practises, he said, must be carried out immediately as unprofessional
attitudes could cost lives.
Menara Kuda Lari case going
to High Court 29/01/2001 NST
PENANG, Sun. - After four years of waiting for the completion of their apartments,
nearly 200 buyers of a stalled development project are hoping their wait will
end soon by turning to the law. An application to the High Court will be made
next week for the appointment of a receiver and manager to oversee the completion
of Menara Kuda Lari project in Georgetown.
Dwellers owe RM11m in rental
JOHOR BARU, Sun. - Dwellers of public low-cost housing
owe the Johor Government RM11 million in outstanding rental over several years,
hence the poor maintenance of these premises. State Domestic Trade, Consumer
Affairs and Housing Committee chairman Samat Aripin said many dwellers had complained
of being forced to live in run-down, squalid conditions due to poor maintenance
of the buildings.
`Govt flat dwellers have
not paid rent for 30 years' 29/01/2001 BT
PEOPLE staying in Johor Government public housing flats have not paid rent for
more than 30 years, State Executive Councillor for Housing, Consumer Affairs
and Domestic Trade Samat Aripin said yesterday. He said the State Government
was now arranging for talks with the flat residents committee to find ways to
resolve the matter.
Owners demand for new houses
IPOH, Mon. - Fourteen house owners in Bandar Pengkalan Indah here whose houses
are "sinking" due to land depression want the developer to build new units for
them instead of just undertaking repair work. The houses, they said, should
be demolished as there were a lot of defects which could become worse
Will buyers hiss or kiss developers?
With the Year of the Dragon last year, housebuyers ‘fired’ developers for their
shoddy workmanship in building houses.
Protecting the interest of
house buyers 30/01/2001 NST
I REFER to your recent report on the poor state of most newly-built houses.
The Housing Developers Association (HDA) has lamented that the shoddy workmanship
is due to the unskilled labourers in the construction industry. I for one, will
not exonerate the HDA that easily.
Rumah retak, tebing terhakis
RAWANG: Belum selesai kes tebing runtuh di Taman Rawang Perdana, penduduk mengeluh
lagi dengan masalah kelemahan keselamatan kawasan persekitaran dan keretakan
bangunan kediaman. Masalah yang membelenggu penduduk sejak lebih setahun lalu
itu didakwa tidak mendapat perhatian pihak berkaitan walaupun aduan dibuat kepada
Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS)
No solution in sight as residents
voice fear over repeat of landslide 30/01/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - As the parties affected by the Taman Rawang Perdana landslide
met today in search of a solution, residents in the area are voicing their fear
of a repeat of the incident. While immediate efforts have been taken to clear
the debris from the scene, residents said they had yet to be assured on how
their lives and property would be protected.
Selangor government won't stop housing projects on hillsides
31/01/2001 The Star
THE Selangor Government will not stop hillside development because of the shortage
reports compulsory 31/01/2001 The
PETALING JAYA: The House buyers Association (HBA) has called on the Government
to make mandatory for developers to furnish a geological report to the authorities
before housing projects are approved
Homes 'built on ex-mining land'
equipment damaged by vandals 31/01/2001 MM
IF there is a fire at the San Peng flats, fire-fighters will face a daunting
task. The hoses at the low-cost flats are without the nozzles and may be worthless
in case of an emergency.