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Family of seven forced to stay in their incomplete house 01/04/2001 SUM
AFTER waiting for seven years, Yahya Abu and his family finally moved into their low-cost home in Taman Dalma, Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor, last week. The only thing stopping the 40-year-old general worker from calling it his "dream house" is that it is not completed as work on the project had stopped in 1995!

493 abandoned projects worth RM15 bil 01/04/2001 SUM
ABANDONED housing projects are a bane to everyone. A blot on the landscape, a constant reminder of lost investments for buyers, extra work for the Housing and Local Government Ministry and a black mark in the developer's book.

Squatters in their own house 01/04/2001 SUM
AFTER waiting for seven years, Yahya Abu and his family finally moved into their low-cost home in Taman Dalma, Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor, last week. The only thing stopping the 40-year-old general worker from calling it his "dream house" is that it is not completed as work on the project had stopped in 1995! Without basic amenities such as water and electricity supply, Yahya has to resort to tapping electricity from the developer's site office opposite his house.Family of seven forced to stay in their incomplete house With the help of his five children, he uses containers to get some clean water from a factory about a kilometre away. They do this twice a day. For washing, Yahya and his family use rain water collected in a manhole.

Developers should be more careful selecting contractors 02/04/2001 NST
I WOULD be grateful if you could publish my letter for the benefit of landowners and developers who may indiscriminately appoint contractors for their housing projects. After having read your report "A new Puchong township in the pipeline" (NST, March 15), I would like to put in a word of advice to all landowners and developers to be more careful when selecting their contractors.

The higher cost of low-cost 03/04/2001 MM-CLAS
THE issue of low-cost housing has always been a vexatious one. The original price-tag of RM25,000 for a low-cost house was revised to RM42,000 in 1999 with the Cabinet's approval in the hope that it would trigger private sector developers into building more low and medium low- cost houses. Alas, this was not to be. Developers barely reached the 20 per cent mark of the target set by the authorities, preferring instead to build higher- cost units.

Completed but still waiting for approval 03/04/2001 NST
Purchasers of about 550 units in two blocks of the Venice Hill Condominium blocks of the Venice Hill Condominium and Golf Resort in Ulu Langat, Selangor, are in a quandary as the project that was launched in the mid-90s and is virtually completed still has not obtained the required building plan approvals

Venice Hill condo buyers in a dilemma 04/04/2001 NST
Chong Onn Tack purchased a unit in Venice Hill Condominium and Golf Resort's Tower 10 during the economic crisis of 1998 paying RM155,000.

Immunity laws, body needed to protect buyers 05/04/2001 NST
THE Government should aid buyers of units in abandoned housing projects by drafting immunity laws and appointing a body responsible for reviving such schemes. Likening the body to Danaharta and Danamodal, Barisan Nasional MP for Bagan Datoh Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said immunity laws would protect buyers.

DBKL arah pemaju henti projek serta merta 05/04/2001 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) mengarahkan sebuah syarikat pemaju perumahan di Taman Gembira, Jalan Jiran, di sini, memberhentikan serta merta kerja pembinaan projek itu sehingga penyelenggaraan parit utama yang mengakibatkan banjir lumpur di situ Selasa lalu, diatasi sepenuhnya. Arahan itu berkuatkuasa semalam sejurus Jabatan Kerja Awam DBKL menerima aduan penduduk lapan rumah teres dari taman perumahan berdekatan selepas rumah mereka dinaiki banjir lumpur selepas hujan lebat pagi berkenaan.

New law needed to protect house buyers: Ahmad Zahid 05/04/2001 BT
A NEW law is needed to protect the interest of buyers in case housing projects are abandoned, said a government backbencher. Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datoh) said the move would be seen as the Government coming to the defence of the people

Unsold properties reached RM9.8b in 2000 06/04/2001 BT
UNSOLD properties in the residential, industrial and commercial sectors in the country amounted to RM9.83 billion at the end of last year, up 11.6 per cent from the first half of 2000, according to a Finance Ministry report. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy expects the unsold properties situation to ease within the next few years.

Reviving Sentul Raya project 07/04/2001 NST-CITY
THE multi-billion ringgit Sentul Raya project, which was halted three years ago during the economic slowdown, is expected to be continued in the middle of this year. However, there are several changes in the project which the new developer, YTL Corporation Berhad, and property owners KTM Berhad, will make with approval from the housebuyers.

Abdullah: Punish errant developers 07/04/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Developers who fail to complete their projects should be penalised as the failure will cause unnecessary hardship to others, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today. For instance, he said, house buyers would be in the lurch if developers delayed or failed to complete projects. The situation would be worse if the projects were abandoned.

Check them out before approval 07/04/2001 NST
THE Government has advised local authorities and financial institutions to scrutinise feasibility studies for projects before granting approval to build or give out loans to developers. Deputy Minister of Finance Datuk Chan Kong Choy said the Government found the property overhang situation worrying and appealed to the organisations to exercise caution when deciding to give approvals or loans for projects.

Planning laws must meet the needs 07/04/2001 NST
TOWARDS the end of last year, some residents of Damansara Heights in Kuala Lumpur were quite distressed when news began circulating about a proposed development in their midst. If you are not familiar with the place or its history, let me tell you right away that when the area was first developed over 30 years ago, it was meant for the construction of bungalows only - except for a limited stretch of land reserved for shops and offices. It was for this reason that people with money bought property here.

We don't have the money, says developer 08/04/2001 SUM
TAMAN Dalma developer Visioneast Development Sdn Bhd said it could not continue with the project due to financial constraints. A senior official, met at the company's office in Taman Melawati, Selangor, last Thursday, said the project was launched in 1991 and the company had budgeted that each of the 106 units would cost RM14,000 to build.

We just want to move in' 08/04/2001 SUM
WE hope the banks can help us. This was the appeal from the 20-member task force comprising buyers of the abandoned Taman Dalma project in Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor, in the hope of solving their six-year-old headache.

Pemaju gagal siap projek ditegur 09/04/2001 Berita Harian
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, menegur sikap sesetengah pemaju kerana gagal menyiapkan projek kerajaan dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan. Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, keadaan itu bukan sahaja menimbulkan pelbagai masalah kepada kerajaan, malah pihak yang akan mendapat faedah daripada projek itu.

No plans to amend law to control allocation of houses 10/04/2001 The Star
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has no intention to draft a new law or amend the current legislation to regulate the allocation of low-cost housing. Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the state governments were in charge of renting out or allocating low-cost units to whoever was eligible.

Condo owner wants defects rectified 11/04/2001 MM
SIX months after CHIANG's family moved into their RM303,000 Menara Duta 11 condominium in Jalan Segambut Dalam, they were saddled with problems of leaking in the balcony and bedroom. That was in 1998. After several appeals, the developer, Vital Best Sdn Bhd, finally repaired the balcony last February since it was on common property.

Ka Ting: 324 abandoned housing projects revived 11/04/2001 The Star
Dewan Rakyat A TOTAL of 324 housing projects which were abandoned since the mid-1980s have been revived by the Government. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the projects involved the construction of some 59,616 houses and 43,448 buyers. "At the same time, 19 projects have been taken over by other developers and we have targeted another 56 which have the potential to be revived. "We are currently carrying out feasibility studies on these projects, which involve some 21,182 houses and 13,325 buyers, with the co-operation of Syarikat Perumahan Negara,'' he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here yesterday. However, the ministry, he added, had also identified 115 projects which could no longer be revived due to flagging interest from consumers or where the developers had wound up operations.

Builder offers to open joint FD account with buyers 12/4/2001 The Star By Derrick Vinesh
A developer has proposed to open a joint fixed deposit account with its house buyers for a sinking fund to promote transparency in its business transactions. Eternal Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Ong Tai Chin said his company was among the first to adopt the approach, noting that most developers opened their own bank accounts for the fund.

Let condo owners call the shots 13/04/2001 NST
I OWN and live in a condominium and from my experience there are many reasons why I should not. Ownership - this word usually means you are the lord and master and you make the decisions. Not so for condominiums. Your hands are bound by the developer because unless you have a strata title you do not have control as the maintenance of the common property is in the hands of the developer.

Working out the `perfect' SPA 13/04/2001 NST-PROP
THE first response was quite expected. Sham, who has more than 10 years' experience handling property transactions on behalf of purchasers as well as developer clients, said that a complete panacea, an all-encompassing solution that can resolve all problems presently faced by purchasers, cannot be formulated or created overnight. Since the SPA does not stand alone but must remain part and parcel of the Housing Developers Act and the Regulations made thereunder, the entire existing legal infrastructure must also be completely revamped.

Facilities not provided 13/04/2001 MM
LIVING in condominiums may be stressful, as residents of Tiara Duta condominiums in Ampang found out. The main problems are incomplete clubhouse, no parking bays for visitors, lifts often not functioning, high maintenance fees for unsatisfactory service rendered.

Proposed amendments submitted 13/04/2001 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed amendments to the Housing Developers Act have been submitted to the Attorney-General's office.

Sell with moral responsibility 13/04/2001 MM-CLAS
MINISTER of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting urged developers to sell their properties with the highest moral responsibility. "Take care of the buyers and protect their interests," said Ong who also added that developers need to be conscious of the fact that in some cases, the life's savings of purchasers are involved.

Rehda: Let buyers form pro tem panels 13/04/2001 The Star
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry should allow house buyers to form pro tem management corporations soon after obtaining Certificate of Fitness (CF) for their apartment units.

Crimson Land completes project nine months ahead 14/04/2001 NST
AT a time when property purchasers live in uncertainty of whether their houses will be delivered on time, developer Crimson Land Bhd has inspired market confidence by completing its D'aman Crimson project in Petaling Jaya nine months ahead of schedule. Crimson Land sales and marketing director Datuk Tan Seng Chee said owners of the 1,068 units would be given vacant possession of their houses by May this year.

Selangor MB gets memo on Balakong flats issue 14/04/2001 NST-CITY
THE Selangor Government has been urged to investigate allegations of irregularities in the allocation of low-cost homes to some residents from the KTM Berhad longhouse in Balakong. About 50 people, representing 600 affected families, turned up at the State administrative complex in Shah Alam last Thursday to hand over a memorandum on the issue to Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, appealing to him to look into the matter.

Businesswoman cries foul over being sold a RM580,000 show unit 15/04/2001 NSUNT
PENANG, Sat. - A 29-year-old businesswoman is crying foul over a developer selling her a bungalow which was only a show unit built with a one-year permit. Teoh Boay Lan alleged that the developer did not submit any building plans to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council and, as a result of it, the completed unit could not be issued with a Certificate of Occupation.

RM15b of business if housing projects revived 16/04/2001 BT
THE country can generate about RM15 billion worth of economic activities if all the 493 abandoned housing projects are revived and rehabilitated, said chairman of Syarikat Perumahan Negara (SPN) Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Based on a study synergising various aspects of the housing industry, related areas such as financing, supply of building materials, workforce, architecture and landscaping could easily produce some RM11 billion worth of business while another RM4 billion will be in terms of its supporting activities for the small and medium-sized industries.

Buyers: Impose tougher laws over strata title 16/04/2001 The Star By Lim Ai Lee
PENANG: The newly-registered Housebuyers Association (HBA) wants the Government to impose stricter laws to compel developers to apply for strata titles for high-rise units.

Syor Akta Perlindungan Pembeli Rumah 17/04/2001 BH
PERSATUAN Pembeli Perumahan (HBA) meminta kerajaan mewujudkan undang- undang khusus bagi melindungi pembeli hartanah dan memastikan mereka mendapat layanan sewajarnya daripada pemaju. .

Homes fit to crack up 17/04/2001 MM
A GROUP of residents in Bukit Sentosa, Rawang, wants the authorities to ensure that their cracking houses will not collapse. This is because they have lost faith in the Hulu Selangor District Council that issued their double-storey terrace houses with certificates of fitness last year when the cracks had already appeared.

Court orders appointment of receiver and manager 17/4/2001 The Star
A High Court yesterday ordered, by consent, the appointment of a receiver and manager to continue with the completion of a stalled medium-cost apartment project in Jalan Lumba Kuda.

Housebuyers act to revive stalled project 17/04/2001The Star By  Choong Kwee Kim
Purchasers of units at the stalled Majestic Heights project are executing plans to salvage the project themselves and are not banking on the rescue by a new 'white knight' developer.

Non-payment of maintenance and service fees a problem 18/04/2001 The Star
Non-payment of maintenance and service charges by owners and dwellers of strata properties has developed into one big headache for property developers.

New law to protect high-rise buyers 18/04/2001 The Star
SUBANG JAYA: High-rise residential unit owners and developers will jointly manage buildings until the strata titles are issued, under a new law being planned by the Government.

No new CF for major repairs done 18/04/2001The Star
IPOH: Buildings which have been issued with a certificate of fitness need not get another after major repairs are done to it, state Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Chang Ko Youn said. H

Amendments to Housing Act to protect housebuyers 18/04/2001 NST
AMENDMENTS to the Housing Developers Act would greatly improve the housing industry and offer added protection to home buyers, said the secretary- general of the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Datuk Khalid Husin. He said the main amendments being proposed to address the shortcomings of the existing Act would include increasing the paid-up capital of licensed developers and the appointment of a deputy controller to improve efficiency and speed up the issuance of development licences.

Ministry submits draft of new law to Cabinet 18/04/2001 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry has completed the draft of the new Common Properties and Building's Management and Maintenance Bill and will submit it to the Cabinet soon before tabling it in the Parliament. Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka ting said at present, the law is being studied by the Attorney-General's chamber to ensure there would be no overlapping of jurisdictions by the involved parties.

Low-cost housing blues 18/04/2001 NST
A POOR take-up rate was recorded in new low-cost housing projects, particularly for stratified units, that were launched during the fourth quarter of last year. According to the Residential Property Stock Report launched recently by the Ministry of Finance's Valuation and Property Services Department (VSPD), only 46 per cent of the 1,047 low-cost houses (or non-stratified units) and three per cent of the 1,451 low-cost flats launched during this period were sold.

Sec-gen on how to solve property overhang 18/04/2001The Star
The prevailing property market overhang reflects a major weakness in town and country planning, Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary-general Datuk Khalid Husin said.

Condo buyer sues builder over vacant possession 19/04/2001 The Star By K. Kasturi Dewi
A geophysicist, who is suing a developer for failing to deliver vacant possession of his condominium unit in Penang, claimed he was incurring expenses travelling from Singapore while waiting for his property to be handed over to him.

Buildings ready but still no CF 19/04/2001 MM
AFTER four long years, the shop and office buildings project in Westport Tech-Zone, Pulau Indah Klang, was finally completed last year. However, until now, the buyers are unable to shift into their new office or rent the units out as there is no Certificate of Fitness from the local authority.

Piling reinforced 19/04/2001 MM
THE developer of a housing project in Bukit Sentosa, Rawang, has started remedial works to strengthen the soil which had caused 12 houses there to crack. Talam Corporation Berhad general manager of customer service, Michael Khor, said work by its subsidiary, Nobel Rights Sdn Bhd, involved additional piling to strengthen the soil on which the houses were built.

Revival of abandoned projects can spur growth 20/04/2001 NST-PROP
THE crucial role that the property market plays in keeping the wheels of the nation's economy moving cannot be overstated. This was clearly expressed by Syarikat Perumahan Negara (SPN) chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who early this week said that the country can generate about RM15 billion worth of economic activities if all the 493 abandoned housing projects are revived and rehabilitated.

Residents meet council for solution 20/04/2001 MM
DISAPPOINTMENT was written on the faces of the 48 people who arrived in two buses at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council yesterday to meet its president, Ahmad Fuad Ismail, over their housing woes. Due to their failure to set an appointment for a meeting with Fuad, the residents from Taman Sungai Besi Indah in Seri Kembangan had to settle for a meeting with deputy president Arpah Abdul Razak.

Housebuyers guide on website 20/04/2001 The Star
PENANG: Housebuyers who face various problems such as housing delays or defects can now visit a new website to find out more about their rights. House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said yesterday the HBA website would serve as an "A to Z'' guide for purchasers.

Owners, developer reach settlement 20/04/2001 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Thirty-two condominium owners, who sued housing developer Endah Raya Realty Sdn Bhd and two others for breach of contract over the Shang Village condominium project in Kelana Jaya, today entered into a settlement. The terms of the settlement agreement were not disclosed. The agreement was brought before High Court judge Datuk Azmel Ma'amor in his chambers

Residents meet council for solution 20/04/2001 MM
DISAPPOINTMENT was written on the faces of the 48 people who arrived in two buses at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council yesterday to meet its president, Ahmad Fuad Ismail, over their housing woes. Due to their failure to set an appointment for a meeting with Fuad, the residents from Taman Sungai Besi Indah in Seri Kembangan had to settle for a meeting with deputy president Arpah Abdul Razak.

Build first, then sell policy mooted for houses 20/04/2001 Malaysia Kini
The government has been urged to implement a 'Build first then sell' concept - where developers can sell their properties only after they are fully-built- to overcome numerous complaints by disgruntled home buyers relating to abandoned housing projects.

Condo purchasers to lodge report against developer 21/04/2001 NST
NEARLY 25 purchasers of the Venice Hill Condominium and Golf Resort's Tower 10 units have unanimously agreed to lodge a police report next week against the developer, Venice Hill Resort Living Sdn Bhd (VHRL), for criminal breach of trust. VHRL is a member of the Li Foong Group of Companies.

`Submit Form 7F' warning 21/04/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Housing developers have been given a final warning to inform the Housing and Local Government Ministry of the progress of projects and financial standing or risk a fine or jail sentence.

Forcing flat-owners to pay their dues 23/04/2001 The Star
While the government has encouraged the construction of flats and other high-rise units to meet the housing shortage, the sad fact is that Malaysians are still not used to living in such accommodation.

Pemaju tidak peduli aduan kerosakan rumah 24/04/2001 BH
SAYA adalah pembeli rumah pangsa kos rendah di Taman Ampang Mewah. Bagaimanapun, saya dukacita di atas sikap pemaju. Ini kerana sebagai pembeli saya dikehendaki mengisi borang aduan kerosakan rumah pada November 1999 kerana rumah yang akan saya duduki mempunyai banyak kerosakan dan dijadikan sebagai pejabat sementara kontraktor berkenaan. Antara kerosakan rumah saya yang dilaporkan ialah:

Kesal sikap pemaju 24/04/2001 HM
RAWANG: Pembeli rumah di Taman Rawang Perdana 2 kesal dengan sikap pemaju Sunway Mas Sdn Bhd yang enggan bertanggungjawab terhadap kerosakan rumah yang diambil sejak dibeli. Seorang pembeli, L Suppiah, 47, berkata pemaju memintanya menjelaskan RM700 untuk mendapatkan kunci rumah.

20 buyers to receive house keys from PM 26/04/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Twenty people who bought houses in Damansara Damai, Sungai Buloh, will receive their keys from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday. Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo is also expected to be present.

Developers `no' to holding back 20pc not payment 26/04/2001 NST
DEVELOPERS have deemed inequitable the suggestion that the last 20 per cent of the purchase price for houses be held back to contra claims for late delivery without resorting to court action. They were responding to a call made by Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohamed Idris.

Developers told to dismantle cranes at abandoned buildings 26/04/2001 NST
SEREMBAN, Wed. - The State Government has ordered developers of abandoned projects to dismantle construction cranes at the site of uncompleted buildings. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad said today the cranes posed a danger to the public.

Pitfalls of buying a model house 27/04/2001 NST
THERE is a strong urge bordering on an irresistible compulsion for people with money and no patience to buy an existing model house, also called a show house, built by a housing developer on the occasion of the launch of a new project, or a new phase of a project. Buying a show unit means having the advantage of seeing what you purchased, unlike throwing down a hefty deposit on a house which has yet to be built - and not knowing for certain whether it will indeed be built and completed on the agreed date.

Flats residents `fighting' over parking lots 27/04/2001 MM
IT is a war-zone at BAHARI's residence at Flat L35 Taman Pandan Jaya, Ampang. He says almost all the residents are "fighting" for the limited parking lots and some even go to the extent of building a permanent garage with their vehicle registration number on it.

Two decrepit apartment blocks in Johor Baru to be demolished 30/04/2001 NST
JOHOR BARU, Sun. - Two of Johor Baru's shabbiest landmarks - the Bukit Cagar and Lumba Kuda public housing flats - will be demolished within five years to make way for development. "The apartment blocks are too decrepit to upgrade and are out of step with the times," said Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman

Landslide threat to expensive home 30/04/2001 MM
THE RM500,000 semi-detached house which Alvin Lai bought about 15 months ago in Taman Sungei Besi Indah, is set to crumble. Unless, something is done to stop the erosion.


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