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Taman Bkt Angsana in the dark 01/11/2001 MM
"WE have been paying assessment fees since last year, so why is there no streetlighting?" asks YEOH of Jalan Angsana 6, Taman Bukit Angsana, Cheras. He claims there are no streetlights in the whole of Phase 2 of that housing estate since Aug 25, 2000.

Continuing talks to resolve Sentul Raya dispute 01/11/2001 MM
THERE will be continued consultations to resolve problems related to the Sentul Raya project. Project developer Sentul Raya Sdn Bhd gave the assurance in replying to grouses voiced by purchasers of the project's condominium, apartment and shoplot units.

The public factor 02/11/2001 NST-PROP
THE property development game doesn't just involve building industry professionals from the private sector, but also public sector bodies, ministries and those from the legal field. This week, we take a look at the roles and responsibilities of some of these with respect to property development.

No water supply to apartment except at night 02/11/2001 MM
WHEN can residents expect water supply to the medium-cost apartments in Taman Seri Sentosa, Old Klang Road?, asks SHANDY. She says more than 30 units of the apartments are occupied but there is no regular water supply.

Dr M: "I feel lonely in Putrajaya" 03/11/2001 NST By Cheah Chor Sooi
Putrajaya - the new federal administrative capital - has been under-populated despite the availability of thousands of new houses, and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, its chief resident, complained today that he is feeling "lonely."

Dr M feels ‘lonely in Putrajaya’ 04/11/2001 Sunday Star By Sa'odah Elian
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it was “lonely” in Putrajaya as very few government servants had moved to the administrative capital although their houses were ready.

PM: Expedite CFs to buyers 04/11/2001 NSUNT
PUTRAJAYA, Sat. - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad today expressed sadness that Putrajaya - the new Federal administrative capital - is still under-populated despite the availability of thousands of newly- built houses.

CF delay for Putrajaya homes: Developer must submit report 05/11/2001 NST
SHAH ALAM, Sun. - The Housing and Local Government Ministry will ask Putrajaya Corporation to submit a report on the delay in the issuance of certificates of fitness for houses in Putrajaya. Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said CF issuance would normally be made within 14 days after all technical matters had been endorsed by seven departments, including the Fire and Rescue and the Public Works Departments.

Cheras funeral parlour gets new roof 05/11/2001 NST
KUALA Lumpur City Hall, with the co-operation of the Bandar Tun Razak MCA division, built a permanent roof for the Sri Pulau Pinang funeral parlour in Cheras recently. Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Tan Chai Ho said since the residents at the flats were mostly low-income earners, funeral costs could be taxing for the families.

Councils have a deadline to give out CFs  05/11/2001 The Star
SUBANG JAYA: Local authorities must issue certificates of fitness for occupation (CFs) within 14 days if the seven relevant technical departments have given approvals. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said CFs would be considered as having been issued once the 14-day period lapsed.

Banglo tak siap-siap 05/11/2001 HM
SUBANG: Lebih 100 pembeli lot rumah mewah di Desa Subang Permai, Seksyen U6, dekat sini kerugian lebih RM10,000 seorang apabila rumah yang dibangunkan gagal disiapkan sejak Disember tahun lalu. Sebahagian besar daripada 110 pembeli rumah lot banglo di taman perumahan itu tidak mempunyai rumah lain dan terus menyewa, sedangkan terpaksa membuat bayaran ke atas pembelian rumah itu.

MBSB’s woes put buyers in a bind 06/11/2001 The Star
PETALING JAYA: A developer has terminated the sale and purchase agreements of 20 housebuyers after their common end financier failed to honour the progressive billing demanded since June.

No backlog in issuance of CF to houses in Putrajaya: Azizan 06/11/2001BT
THERE is no backlog in the issuance of certificates of fitness (CF) to residential units in Putrajaya, Perbadanan Putrajaya chairman and president Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin said. He said it is unfair to blame Perbadanan Putrajaya for the late issuance of CF to the residential units in the new administrative capital.

`Developer taking too long to settle problem'  06/11/2001 MM
"IS the developer dragging its feet on settling the issue just because these people are poor?" This is what Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil wanted to know when she visited the fire scene at the Rumah Panjang Kawasan C in Jalan Kubur, Pantai Dalam, yesterday.

Firm to revive 70 housing projects 07/11/2001  NST By Fazlie Braham
WED: SYARIKAT Perumahan Negara Berhad chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told the Press in Kuala Lumpur yesterday that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government had entrusted the company with the task of reviving 70 ailing housing development projects all over the country.

Putrajaya Corp not to blame for CF delay  08/11/2001 NST-CITY
PUTRAJAYA Corporation said last Monday it was not delaying the issuance of certificates of fitness or CFs for houses in Putrajaya. Its chairman and president Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin said as far as the local authority is concerned, there is no backlog in the issuance of CFs by it. Hence, it was unfair to blame the corporation for the "delay".

Buyers obtain order against developer 09/11/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Twenty-eight purchasers of apartment units have obtained a court order against housing developer Ekabina Sdn Bhd and two others stopping them from disposing of or transferring assets amounting to RM7 million, pending the disposal of a breach of contract suit against them. The defendants - Ekabina, Pappos Development Sdn Bhd and Y.Y. Woo Akitek - were further ordered by the High Court to give a bank guarantee for the sum in the name of the plaintiffs' solicitors which cannot be transferred without the leave of the court.

A likely scam 09/11/2001 NST-PROP
MONEY in the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) looks awfully tempting. Although like a cookie jar on the top shelf it may appear to be out of reach, all it takes is the ingenuity of an individual who will not be denied his or her money to get to it. As such, the variety of scams hatched to withdraw EPF money is only limited by an individual's resourcefulness. The most recent to have surfaced saw EPF contributors in cahoots with computer vendors to withdraw funds permitted for the purchase of personal computers. And in a scam that has been around longer than anyone cares to admit, the contributor works with the unscrupulous staff of a property developer's sales and marketing department to withdraw money in his or her EPF account under the house purchase withdrawal scheme.

HDA sees drastic amendments 09/11/2001 NST-PROP
THE Dewan Rakyat is now in recess, having passed the Budget and several Bills, including the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Bill 2001. Even if the Bill becomes law (which will result in the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 being renamed the Housing Development (Control & Licensing) Act 1966, it only represents half of the work that needs to be done. The Housing Minister is still faced with the task of updating the 1989 Regulations which contains the two important Schedules G and H. Without the amendments the existing standard Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPA) will not reflect the latest amendments in the Act.

Watching out for the buyer  09/11/2001 NST-PROP
IT appears strange that while the law regulates the standard of items that go into a house, the same doesn't apply to the house itself. Individually manufactured products that are installed or erected in a house are covered by the Consumer Protection Act 1999 (Act 599) & Regulations. I see no reason, therefore, why the building or house which is erected according to clear specifications by technically proficient people should not come under the purview of the Act and other laws.

Numbing exhibitions 09/11/2001 NST-PROP
ONE would have thought that delivering what the market wants is such a fundamental aspect of business that nobody really should get it wrong. However, what I have been hearing lately is that property developers (well some of them at least) have been getting this wrong. How something like this could happen doesn't beg disbelief but who would have thought that those who helm such large multi-million ringgit ventures would be still hung-over from the euphoria of the early to mid-90s when the market lapped-up whatever they churned out.

Putrajaya keluar 4,854 CF 09/11/2001 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan sudah menerima penjelasan Perbadanan Putrajaya mengenai isu kelewatan pengeluaran Sijil Menduduki Rumah (CF). Menterinya, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, berkata dalam laporan yang diterima Selasa lalu, Perbadanan Putrajaya menjelaskan daripada 5,295 unit kediaman yang siap dibina, sebanyak 4,854 CF sudah dikeluarkan.

Low-cost housing projects assured of fast approval
10/11/2001 NST-CITY
FROM now on, any projects involving squatter areas in Selangor will be given VVIP treatment by the State Government. This means any low-cost housing projects will be given "fast-track" approvals in principle and related issues like relocation of the squatters will be discussed later.

CF delays in Putrajaya: Developers responsible  12/11/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The delay in issuing Certificates of Fitness for homes in Putrajaya lies with the developers and not Putrajaya Corporation, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said. Putrajaya Corp, in its report to the ministry, had clarified that some developers had yet to apply for the certificates, Ong said.

Be considerate, Kayveas warns developers 12/11/2001  The Star
PETALING JAYA: Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas has warned developers to be considerate when terminating the sale and purchase agreement of house buyers in the light of the present economic slowdown.

Greening the mind 13/11/2001 NST
IT has been almost a year since the Housing and Local Government launched an awareness campaign on recycling but the habit has not permeated the citizen's consciousness. To entrench the habit, the ministry wants to make it mandatory for developers and local authorities to set up a collection centre for recyclable waste in new housing and commercial projects. That is the easy part. The centres will inject discipline into the trash spinner populace that we are, given the 15,000 tonnes of rubbish we produce every day, and prevent the landfills from overflowing.

One-stop agency to expedite issuance of strata titles  13/11/2001 NST
THE State Government has set up a one-stop agency where applications for strata titles can be processed within six to eight months. State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Tiam, replying to a question by Yip Chee Keong (BN-Rahang), said developers must however make sure that their applications were complete.

Developers abandoned projects due to slowdown 14/11/2001 NST
THE State Government will not act against developers whose projects were abandoned due to the economic slowdown. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said no penalty would be imposed as it was no fault of theirs.

Apartment buyers go to court to challenge housing developer's allegations 15/11/2001 NST By Sujatani Poosparajah
Twenty-eight purchasers of apartment units today filed an application in the High Court for leave to commence committal proceedings against a director of housing developer Ekabina Sdn Bhd over certain allegations made in an affidavit relating to a court order.

Application to start committal proceedings 16/11/2001 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Twenty-eight purchasers of apartment units today filed an application in the High Court for leave to commence committal proceedings against a director of housing developer Ekabina Sdn Bhd over certain allegations made in an affidavit relating to a court order. The application was filed in the High Court (Civil Division) Registry at Wisma Denmark.

Knowing when to pay 16/11/2001 NST-PROP
DON'T just sign on the dotted line - take time to peruse your Sale and Purchase Agreement to get a better understanding of your rights as a buyer When you buy a new house, there is a certain schedule of payments you will have to adhere to before you can claim possession of the property after completion. This schedule of payments is outlined in the standard Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) that you sign with the developer.

Section of retaining wall collapses following downpour  18/11/2001 NSUNT
SHAH ALAM, Sat. - A section of a retaining wall of the Centrepoint Business Centre in Jalan Tanjung Keramat 26/35, Section 26 collapsed into the rear of a house in Kampung Baru Hicom following heavy rains early today. Parts of the internal road to the condominium-style CBC, which houses offices, either gave way or cracked in the incident at 4.30am.

The long and short of alien worker woes 18/11/2001 NSUNT-FOCUS
IN a move intended to reduce dependence on foreign labour and increase employment opportunities for locals, the Government has shortened the validity period of work permits to three years. It also announced that foreign workers who have been here for three years or more are to be sent home. To avoid causing a disruption in production, employers are given a grace period of three months to make the necessary preparations to send them home.

Developers appointed to build low-cost homes 18/11/2001 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - In the on-going effort to overcome the squatter problem, the State Governnment has appointed four more developers to build more low- cost houses under the Eighth Malaysia Plan. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the four companies would be able to deliver an additional 1,220 units.

Houses not completed after 12 years 19/11/2001 MM
THE 204 buyers of the Killinghall Tin Mine single-storey houses have been "killing time" waiting for its completion for the past 12 years. Some had even passed away without setting foot on their property. On top of that, it is only 70 per cent completed after all these years!

No title available so can't sell his house 19/11/2001 MM
EFFENDY has difficulty selling his house as he has not received the permanent title for it. He says he bought the house in 1980 when he was still a Government servant and working with a local authority

Build-then-sell works for Bandar Utama 19/11/2001 www. theedge.daily By Audra Jeyaraj
Build then sell or sell then build? This is a question property developers have asked themselves for decades now
For Bandar Utama Development Sdn Bhd, the developer of Bandar Utama, the build-then-sell concept has worked out well.

Govt allocates RM1b for Putrajaya's development 20/11/2001 BT
THE Government has allocated RM1 billion for the development of Putrajaya next year, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that among the facilities to be constructed were a multipurpose hall, a recreational complex, a neighbourhood centre of learning at Precinct 8 and a health clinic at Precinct 9.

Ray of hope for house-buyers 21/11/2001 MM
MORE than 500 people who bought houses in Lembah Beringin thought it would be a Hollywood-style neighbourhood as promised by the developer, Lembah Beringin Sdn Bhd, only to be disappointed when the project stopped in 1997 due to the economic slowdown. But after waiting for more than five years for their dream homes, the buyers are relieved to have found a glimmer of hope to settle their problems.

Y-a-w-n! There's no need to check on this 21/11/2001 MM
THE expose that an elderly woman in Ampang owned more than 20 squatter houses has only raised yawns at the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council. Reacting to the Malay Mail front-page report on Monday, its president Ahmad Kabit said: "It's not necessary to check on this. The houses are not permanent."

Flats poorly built, say relocated squatters 22/11/2001 NST-CITY
A DIALOGUE session with some 418 squatter families in Bukit Serdang affected by a relocation exercise turned "ugly" when a group of women claimed that the low-cost flats at Kampung Aman that they are to move into soon are not fit for occupation. They interrupted the session chaired by Selangor Housing, Local Authority, Squatters and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad Dahalan by complaining that the workmanship was shoddy and that the walls were already showing cracks.

Check first, pay later 23/11/2001 NST-PROP
AS a purchaser of a new property, you need to keep constant tabs on whether the monies being released by your financier to the developer commensurates with the physical progress of the site in accordance with your Sale and Purchase Agreement. Don't expect your contractor or developer to inform you of any delay in the project. At the same time, do not assume your financial institution is on top of things - often the bank takes it for granted that works at site are as true as per the architect's certificate and really do not bother to visit the site themselves.

Getting along 23/11/2001 NST-PROP
MUCH has been written about property management. It isn't just a matter of looking after the common areas of a property though a large part of the task is to do just that - to look after lift lobbies, main entrances, common stair-cases, passageways and corridors, the surrounding gardens, including plants and drains and recreational facilities. But aside from this custodian role, the more complex part of property management is dealing with tenants and owners and at the same time maintaining a good relationship. Property managers are only as good as the people they deal with. They need the support and understanding of residents and owners alike to function properly. Their main task is to make the property a better and more pleasant environment to live in. This would also enhance the value of the property, for the success of a development is based on its reputation.

The state of real estate  23/11/2001 NST-PROP
TRAVEL and real estate. What has one got to do with the other? Actually, quite a bit, after thinking about it on my return from a short break last weekend.

Selayang apartments gone to the dogs! 23/11/2001 MM
THE Sri Murni Apartments in Selayang have gone to the dogs and residents are at their wit's end. Vandalism, uncivilised residents, no proper service from the management office are the key reasons why the apartments are run down, residents say.

Make the right choice 23/11/2001 The Star By Daniel Hor
For many of us, buying our very own home to live in is one of life's biggest goals and dreams. Years of hard work go towards earning enough to pay for that downpayment and subsequent loan repayments for the purchase of a house or apartment.

Alam Perdana generates RM230 mn sales 26/11/2001 MM-CLAS
THE developer of Alam Perdana mixed township, Vega Builders Sdn Bhd (VBSB), has to date sold 1,050 properties earning the company a sales revenue of RM230 million.

`It's up to the State Govt' 26/11/2001 MM
THE proposed hill development project at Lot 378, Jalan Hulu Kelang will be referred to the Selangor Government for consideration. Ampang Jaya Municipal Council president Ahmad Kabit said all the recommendations and issues raised by residents will be thoroughly studied before submitting a report to the State.

Bank lifts restriction on property development 28/11/2001 NST-BUSS
BANK Negara Malaysia has lifted the bridging finance restriction for the development of residential properties and shop houses above RM250,000 with immediate effect. The move initiated by the central bank augurs well as it will contribute positively towards the construction sector as well as the overall domestic economic activity.

Builder vanishes 28/11/2001 MM
THE developer of Riverdale Park apartment in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang has apparently gone into hiding, but the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is holding the trump card to lure him out. Zed Enterprise Sdn Bhd is nowhere to be located after a landslide occurred at the apartment last April, but the last phase of the development has yet to be issued a Certificate of Fitness.

Five years to move into new apartment 29/11/2001 MM
HOW long more does my family have to wait to move into our apartment in Bandar Pinggiran Subang, asks AZMI. "It has been five years now. I have called the developer every three months to find out the status of my apartment unit which, apparently, has finally been completed," he says.

How developers can start viable housing projects 29/11/2001 NST-BUSS
DEVELOPERS would be able to implement viable housing projects where there is still a niche market in choice locations following Bank Negara's move to lift the lending restriction, said the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda). Its president Datuk Eddy Chen said in a statement that house prices in the major towns generally exceeded the RM250,000 mark, even for a double- storey terrace house on the outskirts.

30 years on and still unsure of flats' status 29/11/2001 NST-CITY
IT has been 30 years and residents of Salak South Garden flats are unsure if they will ever receive the Certificate of Fitness or the strata titles. To make matters worse, the developer and the land office claimed that the land does not belong to them.

Domain Resources jamin rumah selesa, selamat 29/11/2001 BH
DOMAIN Resources Sdn Bhd (Domain Resources), pengurus pembangunan projek di bawah Tabung Pusingan Perumahan Terbengkalai (TPPT) dan Tabung Pusingan Perumahan Kos Rendah (TPPKR) di negara ini, memberi jaminan setiap projek kendaliannya memberi keselesaan, keselamatan dan kehidupan lebih harmoni kepada pembeli. Dilantik oleh TPPT Sdn Bhd iaitu anak syarikat Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Domain Resources, setakat ini sudah menguruskan dan menyiapkan projek pemulihan perumahan membabitkan nilai keseluruhan RM27 juta menerusi skim TPPT.

No compromise 30/11/2001 NST-PROP
YOU'VE signed the Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for your new house and are eagerly awaiting its completion. But what happens if there is a change in some construction detail that could be required by either the architect or the developer? This aspect is addressed under item "Materials and workmanship to conform to description" given in your SPA. It is clearly stated that "No changes thereto or deviations therefrom shall be made without the consent in writing of the Purchaser except such as may be required by the appropriate authority". In the exception, the purchaser will not be liable for the cost of making those changes.

A practical substitute 30/11/2001 NST-PROP
IN an effort to cut the cost of maintaining a sales team, some property developers are outsourcing the marketing portfolio to companies that provide "total marketing management services". These developers do not appear to be concerned whether such outfits are registered estate agencies or not, as long as they can "deliver the goods" expected of them and chalk up the sales figures.

Lifting of bridging finance restriction welcomed 30/11/2001 NST-PROP
BANK Negara Malaysia's lifting of the restriction on the provision of bridging finance for residential properties and shop houses priced above RM250,000 will enable developers to meet the demand for such properties in selected areas. Welcoming the move, Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) president Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi said the central bank's decision addresses the problem faced by developers in certain locations who, in the past, were unable to build such properties due to the financing restrictions.

Housing tribunal's decisions final, says minister 30/11/2001 BT
DECISIONS made by the proposed Housing Tribunal on problems involving house buyers and developers are final and are non-appealable, the Dewan Negara in Kuala Lumpur was told yesterday. "In resolving cases, the tribunal will decide whether to pay or not to pay. No appeals are allowed after that," Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said.


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