Dream homes put on hold
SIX years after purchasing bungalow lots in Taman Desa Impian, Jalan Cheras,
Kajang, the 118 buyers are still without their dream homes as they have not
been issued with individual titles by the developer. As a result, the buyers
- three of whom have completed building bungalow units on their lots - are
unable to apply for Certificates of Fitness (CF) from the Kajang Municipal
Dana housing solution
THERE was a suggestion a while ago that we should start thinking along the
lines of setting up an agency modeled after Danaharta and Danamodal for the
housing industry. The primary objective of this agency (which for convenience
we shall call Danarumah or Dana Housing) is not merely to assist the developers
(if they are still around) but more importantly the helpless (and victimised)
purchasers of abandoned housing projects throughout the country. The suggestion
came from the Member of Parliament for Bagan Datoh, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi,
who is currently in charge of the Syarikat Perumahan Negara (SPN).
What's in a name?
WHAT'S in a name? Plenty, I can tell you. Especially when applied to buildings
and property developments. That's why it amazes me that while developers are
willing to spend millions on a project, they often appear to give very little
thought to the naming of their projects. Are we lacking in imagination when
it comes to naming our roads, buildings and property projects? You would think
so, judging by the names of the spate of new developments being launched in
the papers every day. The best part is that often, the name of the building
or project in no way reflects its character or purpose. And things haven't
changed much over the past 30 years if you ask me.
Don't hike without proof
DEVELOPERS and property managers should not arbitrarily hike maintenance charges
in stratified properties unless they can prove through a proper accounting
system that an increase is necessary to cover costs. This was the general
consensus of a number of property professionals and consumers interviewed
Balance needed in development
PROPERTY developers must be able to strike a balance between profit and high-density
development and fulfill their socio-economic obligation by ensuring that there
are sufficient social amenities available within their projects. The advice
was given by immediate past president of the International Real Estate Federation's
Malaysian chapter Datuk Alan Tong Kok Mau at a recent Brown Bag Seminar for
undergraduates pursuing various property- related courses where he presented
a paper on Management of Risk in Property Development.
Banks must be ready for a haircut:
Dr M 04/08/2001 The Star By Mokhtar Hanafiah
LOCAL banks which have taken the risk to lend money must be prepared to take
a "haircut" if their client companies run into difficulties and cannot repay
their loans, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
Upset over conditions in housing
estate 06/08/2001 MM
STAGNANT water, uncollected rubbish and unlit streetlights is a common sight
at Taman Al Ridhuan in Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang, laments SAIDY. "It is disappointing
to know that although the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is aware of
the problems, it had taken an indifferent stand in addressing these issues,"
Car stripped right under their
nose 06/08/2001 MM
ADMINISTRATION executive Lim Tze Luan, 29, is having sleepless nights despite
living in an apartment with 24-hour security. About a week ago, her Proton
Wira, parked at her alloted lot at Vista Saujana apartment at Bandar Sri Damansara,
Selayang, was almost taken apart by some intruders.
Move to save disused ponds
in Sungai Chua 07/08/2001 NST
THE only two remaining disused mining ponds in Kampung
Sungai Chua in Kajang should be preserved as retention ponds, and put to use
for recreational purposes. Serdang Member of Parliament Datuk Yap Pian Hon
has called on the Selangor Government and Kajang Municipal Council to consider
the importance of the ponds before approving development projects involving
the two former mining ponds.
Flood relief plan for Taman
Murni 07/08/2001 NST
THE Selangor Government has identified a 1.6ha piece
of land in Taman Murni Cheras, for the construction of a central flood water
retention pond, which is expected to solve the flooding problem in the area
for good. Selangor State Exco member Datuk Mohd Shariff Jajang said Taman
Cheras Murni had been plagued with the flooding problem for many years, and
although the Department of Drainage and Irrigation had constructed a drain
to divert flood water from the residential area, the effect had been "minimal".
Developer granted stay of execution
PENANG, Tues. - The High Court today allowed an
application for a stay of execution by a housing developer who was ordered
to pay Development Bank of Singapore Ltd RM6.34 million. Datuk Dr R.K. Nathan
allowed the application by Farlim Group chairman Datuk Seri Lim Gait Tong
for a stay pending his appeal to the Court of Appeal.
SPN to build 15,000 houses
by year-end 08/08/2001 BT
SYARIKAT Perumahan Negara (SPN), the national housing agency, plans to complete
building between 10,000 and 15,000 units of low- and medium-cost houses under
the "squatters relocation" programme nationwide by the end of the year. A
SPN official said the agency will start awarding contracts for the projects
in September. He said the agency had already received confirmation from Pahang
and Kedah state governments on their willingness to allocate land for the
purpose of development.
Quit rent poser for owners
LAND owners in the Subang Light Industrial Area
risk losing their land if their individual quit rents are not settled soon.
Subang Light Industrial Park pro-tem committee chairman Foo Keah Yeap admitted
recently that there were many owners who had not settled their quit rents
from 1995 because they had not received official receipts for their previous
Space for a song
CONSTRUCTION and property developer Pilecon Engineering Berhad (PEB) has already
ventured into many residential and commercial developments throughout the
country. Some of the successful projects it has undertaken include the Johor
Baru Waterfront City, Kuantan Parade, Taman Saga, Ampang and Taman Delima,
JB. Now it intends to add another feather to its cap through the Bandar Bukit
Bayu township in JB which is being developed by its subsidiary, Siaran Pelangi
Sdn Bhd. Located between the established townships of Masai and Plentong,
the 261-acre self-contained freehold township is PEB's flagship development
in Johor. Access, which is currently via the Pasir Gudang Highway will improve
when this road is upgraded from four to six lanes. The proposed Southern Coastal
Highway that will link the North-South Highway to Tanjung Langsat in the east
of Johor is expected to run through Bandar Bukit Bayu, further enhancing its
location. The development site has the advantage of being surrounded by the
mature townships of Taman Rinting, Bandar Seri Alam, Permas Jaya, Taman Desa
Plentong, Taman Megah Ria, Taman Kota Putri and major hypermarkets such as
Carrefour, Giant and Makro.
Affordable and accessible
SEARCHING for a home that is well located and affordably priced is rapidly
becoming more difficult in Johor Baru city as prime land is steadily diminishing.
If a property is well-positioned, the price becomes prohibitive and those
who do not want to deplete their finances usually have to opt for a unit in
a more remote area. Taking all this into consideration, property developer
Maju Delima Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Pilecon Engineering Group has managed
to combine good location and low-pricing in its Taman Desa Kempas project.
The mixed development project is surrounded by well-populated and established
residential estates such as Taman Bukit Kempas, Taman Cempaka, Taman Anggerik,
Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Johor. It also has easy access to the North-South
and Tebrau highways and the second link to Singapore.
Dept to review service tax
on maintenance fees 11/08/2001 The Star By K.
PENANG: The Customs and Excise Department has deferred the collection of 5%
service tax on maintenance fee for high-rise buildings imposed by developers,
management corporations and property managers.
No change in price of Johor
low-cost houses 13/08/2001 The Star By Norman Ong
JOHOR BARU: Johor will keep the price of three-room low-cost houses at RM25,000
even though the Federal Government has proposed that they be sold at RM35,000.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state would build houses priced
at RM50,000 for those who could afford them.
Desa Larkin project launched
DESA Larkin, a mixed development housing project in Johor Baru by Kumpulan
Emas Bhd's subsidiary Genting Unggul Sdn Bhd in joint venture with Kumpulan
Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd (KPRJ), was officially launched by Johor Menteri
Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman yesterday. Sitting on 24.8ha of prime land,
the project comprises over 4,000 development units, including 750 units of
low-cost flats, 730 units of medium low-cost apartments, 1,976 units of condominium,
50 shop lots and 528 units of shop-apartments.
Delay by developers in applying
for strata titles causing buyers hardship 14/08/2001
NST By C. Chow, Ampang
THERE must be thousands of owners of apartments without their strata titles
although they have moved in and stayed there for years. This problem is caused
by developers failing to apply for the strata titles within six months of
obtaining the certificate of fitness from the local authorities as required
under the Strata Titles Act.
Scrutinise S&P agreement before
buying property 15/8/2001 The Star By Angela Rao
HOUSEBUYERS are advised to scrutinise the conditions out in their sales and
purchase agreement before the sale is sealed. City Hall deputy director-general
(operations) Ruslin Hasan said this would save them the hassle of being caught
in problems in when buying properties.
Koh appeals to Ong to revive
Majestic Heights housing project 16/08/2001 NST
PENANG, Wed. - Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon today appealed to Housing
and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to help resolve the stalled
Majestic Heights project in Paya Terubong. Koh said the minister could intervene
as he is empowered to under Section 11(1)(e) of the Housing Developers Act
to salvage the stalled project.
Koh urges minister to help
revive property project 16/08/2001 BT
PENANG Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon yesterday urged Housing and
Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to use his powers to help
resolve the stalled Majestic Heights project in Paya Terubong. Koh said Section
11(1)(c) of the Housing Developers Act empowers the Housing Minister, with
the occurrence of the Finance Minister, to direct a company to assume control
and carry on the business of the original housing developer on terms and conditions
as the minister may determine.
House keys can be given only
if pre-conditions are met 16/08/2001 NST By M. Hamzah
From next year, housing developers can only hand over house keys to buyers
after they have fulfilled the pre-conditions imposed by the technical agencies
including the Fire and Rescue Department and Public Works Department.
Waiting for Seremban Municipal
Council to issue CFs for houses 17/08/2001 NST
I AM compelled to write this letter because I have been waiting for almost
three years to move into my new house. I bought a semi-detached house from
a developer called OCL Capital.
Assurance of quality
QUALITY is a major concern among house buyers given the fact that much of
the properties being constructed are often plagued with defects and poor workmanship.
To address this, Malacca-based property developer Chip Hock Realty & Development
Sdn Bhd (Chip Hock) will be calling on its 27 years of experience in the field
to deliver to its buyers high quality properties in its projects.
What buyers want
SINCE the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association's (Rehda) National
Housing Campaign and the accompanying Malaysian Property Exhibition 2001 (Mapex
2001) kicked-off, we have been drowning ourselves in property type, stock,
pricing and location. As expected of such events, focus has always been on
sales. Not that this is abnormal - after all the whole purpose of such an
exercise is to help move stock, to release the billions of ringgit trapped
in the bricks and mortar of unsold properties back into the system. But we
must not lose sight of the fact that the larger picture is one of housing
and not just selling houses. Because if we do, then property fairs will be
here to stay.
Housing Act amendments on the
cards 17/08/2001 NST
IPOH, Thurs. - From next year, housing developers
can only hand over house keys to buyers after they have fulfilled the pre-conditions
imposed by the technical agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department
and Public Works Department. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri
Ong Ka Ting said the new ruling would be implemented after several amendments
are made to the Housing Developers Act 1966.
Better life for Pantai Dalam
squatters 17/08/2001 MM
SQUATTERS living in Pantai Dalam will now have a chance of a better life after
a long wait. About 630 families comprising 3,689 squatters in Lembah Pantai
are involved in the move to the nearby Sri Sentosa flats.
Rumah teres retak
SHAH ALAM: Pembeli rumah teres berkembar Fasa RP4 A1, Kota Kemuning, kesal
dengan sikap pemaju perumahan yang didakwa tidak mengendahkan masalah keselamatan
penghuni. Penasihat Undang-undang, Persatuan Pengguna-Pengguna Subang dan
Shah Alam (Cassa), Datuk Dr Jacob George, berkata walaupun beberapa pertemuan
diadakan antara kedua pihak, pemaju masih menunjukkan sikap lepas tangan terhadap
ciri keselamatan kerja membaiki keretakan dan kerosakan teruk di unit kediaman
No way to do business
HOW to conduct business at a shopping complex when there are no lights, air-conditioning
and proper access for both the operators and customers? This was what 70 shop
owners at Winnie Plaza in Kajang have been experiencing since they received
the keys from the developer in late 1998.
Taman Wangsa folk fear losing
open space 18/08/2001 MM
TAMAN WANGSA CHERAS residents worry they may lose the battle for an open space
in their neighbourhood if the authorities are slow in taking action. Their
residents association chairman, Chang Kim Ming, said they forwarded a letter
to Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo yesterday.
Developers and buyers cannot
hire same lawyer 18/08/2001 The Star
PETALING JAYA: Lawyers representing a housing developer cannot act for the
purchasers of the project at the same time, the Bar Council said yesterday.
Blacklisted developers face
two-year suspension 18/08/2001 The Star
MALACCA: Blacklisted developers and contractors will be barred from carrying
out state government projects for two years.
Buyers to meet Ong over project
19/08/2001 The Star
PENANG: Purchasers of the abandoned Majestic Heights project are scheduled
to meet Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting today
to seek his assistance to revive the project.
Paya Terubong assemblyman Dr Loh Hock Hun said he would lead a delegation
of purchasers to meet Ong in Kuala Lumpur.
Land for urban housing
THE availability of housing land is a major factor which determines the prices
of houses, apart from the cost of materials and labour. In the classic supply
and demand equation, if there is more land available for houses to be built,
there will be less pressure on the price of housing land to rise to unreasonably
high levels. With more housing land, many more residential units can be built
to meet demand and this will in turn help to keep down house prices. In this
connection, the Housing and Local Government Ministry has taken an important
step in overcoming the lack of urban housing land with its proposal that vacant
land in strategic areas in towns and cities be acquired by Federal Government
to build more low and medium-cost houses. One reason for the proposal is that
it is expensive for private housing developers to buy such land. This is understandable
because if the price of a piece of urban land is exorbitant, developers would
have to borrow much more from the banks to buy it which will require additional
interest charges and eventually the higher cost will be passed on to the public
in the form of higher house prices. Thus, fewer people will be able to afford
the high-cost houses and this will lead to developers being reluctant to build
more houses in the city.
Residents say no to building
on green lung 20/08/2001 MM
TWO weeks. That is the ultimatum given to the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj)
by the Taman Wangsa Cheras Residents Association to respond to their protest.
Terbengkalai 20 tahun
KAJANG: Keadaan rumah di Seksyen 2, Taman Kantan Permai, di sini, yang terbengkalai
sejak 1991, menimbulkan rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan pembeli. Ini disebabkan
pembeli rumah itu dikehendaki membayar faedah setiap bulan, walaupun pembinaannya
tidak disempurnakan sejak 10 tahun lalu.
No end to these lift breakdowns
BARELY three years after moving into her Taman Bunga Negara apartment in Section
27/27A, Shah Alam, Lin is thinking of moving out. This is because of the frequent
breakdowns of the two lifts at Block 26.
MPSJ to allow plans for minor home
renovations 21/08/2001 The STar
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will soon instantly approve submissions
for minor home renovations.Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said
a booklet containing 16 standard plans was being published and would be available
at MPSJ counters for those who wanted to carry out extensions or renovations.
Hicom-Gamuda baik pulih 40
rumah teres retak 21/08/2001 BH
SHAH ALAM, Isnin - Keretakan 40 rumah teres berkembar di Fasa RP4 A1 Kota
Kemuning dekat sini, berjaya dibaik pulih selepas pemajunya, Hicom Gamuda
Development Sdn Bhd (Hicom-Gamuda) menggantikan cerucuk kayu dengan konkrit.
Penolong Pengurus Besarnya, John Yong, berkata ia dibuat sebagai alternatif
mengatasi keretakan yang dikenal pasti berpunca daripada pemendapan tanah
tapak rumah akibat daripada cerucuk kayu bakau yang tidak mencapai dasarnya.
flash floods do not occur 21/8/2001 The Star
DEVELOPERS of new housing and commercial projects must ensure neighbouring
areas, including kampungs, are not subjected to flash floods whenever it rains,
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
Perda told to use up housing allocation
21/08/2001 The Star By Sira Habibu
THE Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) has been ordered to "use
up" the RM16mil allocated this year to build affordable houses and shoplots
for the people.
Eviction `shock' for families
ABOUT 70 families in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara had a rude shock recently when
they were slapped with eviction notices. According to a spokesman for the
families, S.K. Suppiah, they had been asked to move within seven days by developer
Antara Vista Sdn Bhd.
Don't take law into own hands'
DON'T take the law into your own hands. This is the reminder to Taman Wangsa
Cheras residents who had actively opposed the development of high-rise buildings
in the open space at Jalan Wangsa 2/2.
How the controversy started
"ANOTHER green lung has been saved." "Wangsa Cheras's only green area, the
Jalan Wangsa 2/2 playground which was supposed to make way for the relocation
of 18 households from Taman Mudun, is here to stay".
MP against move to develop
"A STOP-WORK order means just that!" This is the response of Ulu Langat MP
Datuk Badrul Hisham Abdul Aziz on the latest move by the developer to build
on the green lung at Taman Wangsa Cheras.
40 rumah rosak dibaiki
KOTA KEMUNING: Pemaju perumahan Hicom Gamuda Development Sdn Bhd. memperuntukkan
lebih RM4 juta untuk membaiki kerosakan 40 unit rumah rosak di sini. Penolong
Pengarah Urusannya, John Yong, berkata pihaknya prihatin dengan masalah dihadapi
pembeli yang bimbang keselamatan mereka terancam apabila menduduki rumah terbabit
yang didapati retak.
errant developer told 23/08/2001 The Star
KLANG: A developer who tried to avoid building 600 units of low-cost apartments
in Ampang Jaya has been blacklisted and ordered by the Selangor government
to hand over the project.
Wangsa Cheras residents fight
to save open field 23/08/2001 NST
RESIDENTS of Taman Wangsa Cheras, Km14 Jalan Cheras, protested the building
of three blocks of medium-cost apartments at an open field at Lot 63, Wangsa
Cheras last Sunday. They held placards and banners in front of the construction
site to protest the swapping of the green lung with a piece of land located
near a hilltop reservoir which serves the housing estate.
Residents live dangerously
PLEASE help us Datuk Seri Menteri Besar! This desperate plea for help comes
from residents in Block B of the Riverdale Apartments in Bukit Antarabangsa,
Hulu Klang as a last resort.
Charge of the low-income earners
THE Selangor state government may have found an effective way for squatters
and other low-income earners to own a home through a joint initiative with
a leading financial institution. Selangor state executive councillor who is
also chairman of the standing committee for housing, local government, squatters
and environment Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad Dahlan said the recent tie-up with Arab
Malaysian Finance Bhd (AMFB) to offer the Tabung Perumahan Ehsan (TPE) financing
scheme is the first of its kind, and paves the way for eradicating squatter
living in the state.
End in sight to woes of condo
residents 24/08/2001 MM
RESIDENTS of Menara Duta condominium in Segambut can now heave a sigh of relief.
After months of waiting, their complaints to the relevant authorities are
finally being looked into.
More housing units for squatters
to be built 24/08/2001 The Star
PETALING JAYA: A total of 7,428 housing units to relocate squatters under
the government's people's housing project (PPR) have been completed, said
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
Loss of file causes delay in
CF application 25/08/2001 MM
A DELAY over the issuance of certificate of fitness (CF) is cause for concern,
says Lily of Pinggiran Batu Caves. She worries over the legal state of her
property which has no CF since she took up residence in her medium-cost apartment
Squatter families in Sentul
to lose their homes 26/08/2001 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - A total of 146 squatter families in Sentul Pasar here
are in danger of losing their homes as the area is set to be developed by
a private developer, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said on Thursday.
"Some of them have been issued with eviction notices while others will get
theirs later," he said after a dialogue with the residents concerned at the
St John's Church in Sentul.
Residents' grouses to be tabled
at State Exco meeting next week 27/08/2001 MM
GROUSES and complaints of Cheras Perdana residents on the proposed development
of an open space at Jalan Wangsa 2/2 will be brought to the attention of the
Selangor Government. Kajang Municipal Council president Mohd Yusop Mat Judin
said the first meeting with representatives of the residents was held at his
office last Friday where the complaints were recorded.
in sorry state 27/08/2001 MM By Harny Abu Khair
FOR 40 house buyers, forking out more than RM20,000 of their life savings
as downpayment for their dream homes was a big thing. But they felt it was
worth every single sen.
Liability period extended to
24 months 27/08/2001 MM
THE developer of Kota Kamuning in Shah Alam had first detected cracks in some
of its units last January. Hicom-Gamuda Development Sdn Bhd assistant general
manager John Yong said construction at the affected houses was immediately
stopped so that an investigation could be carried out.
Explain draft plan to all, councillors
told 27/08/2001 The Star By K. Anuradha
SELAYANG Municipal Councillors have been told to meet the people in their
area and explain the purpose of the draft local plan for Kuang and Rawang.
State intervention in playing
field controversy 28/08/2001 NST
THE Selangor Government will study the views of Taman Wangsa Cheras residents
who have strongly opposed the construction of an apartment block on a vacant
site at two adjoining lots, which has been in use as a soccer field and open
recreational area. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo gave the assurance
when opening the community hall of Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Taman
Perumahan (JKKT) Batu 8, Cheras in Taman Cuepacs last Saturday.
Pelangi hopeful of reviving
project in the Philippines 29/08/2001 NST
JOHOR'S prime property developer, Pelangi Bhd, is hopeful that its stalled
property project in the Philippines will be revived soon given the new government's
desire to provide a roof above every head. The mixed-development project has
been at a standstill for the past three years, but a meeting with the Philippines
Government's housing secretary, Michael Defensor, during the recent visit
to Malaysia by President Gloria Arroyo brought promising news.
Easier approvals for developers
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed.
- The Cabinet today approved guidelines to enable developers to obtain basic
approvals for their housing projects within a year. Housing and Local Government
Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the guidelines were prepared by his ministry
after complaints that the present process was too tedious with many formalities.
Buyers to meet Ong over project
29/08/2001 The Star
PENANG: Purchasers of the abandoned Majestic Heights project are scheduled
to meet Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting today
to seek his assistance to revive the project.
Last ditch effort - "PLEASE
hear us out before coming to any decision." 30/08/2001
The Residents' Association of Taman Wangsa Cheras is disappointed with the
Selangor Government's decision to allow the controversial development at a
Slope patch-up: Decision today
RESIDENTS of Block B of the Riverdale Apartments in Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu
Klang, will know today when the eroded slope behind their residence will be
rehabilitated. They will also know if the developer, Zed Enterprise Sdn Bhd,
will be penalised for not taking immediate remedial work.
Developer gets the go-ahead
THE Selangor Government has decided that the controversial development at
a playground in Taman Wangsa, Cheras, should continue. "The developer will
be allowed to continue construction works," said Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Mohamad
Khir Toyo after the Exco meeting yesterday.
Building on independence
ONE of the gauges of a nation's progress can be seen in quality and design
of housing for its people. We may not have arrived at the pinnacle of glory
on both counts, but we're certainly getting there, said a number of property
professionals from various disciplines. Although there are still issues to
be thrashed out in the country's real estate arena, they unanimously agreed
that today, 44 years after we received independence, the industry can stand
tall as it evaluates its progress.