Taman Bkt Angsana in the dark 01/11/2001
"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
Continuing talks to resolve Sentul Raya dispute
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
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.
M: "I feel lonely in Putrajaya" 03/11/2001 NST By Cheah
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."
M feels ‘lonely in Putrajaya’ 04/11/2001 Sunday Star By
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.
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
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.
have a deadline to give out CFs 05/11/2001 The
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.
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:
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
`Developer taking too long to settle problem'
"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
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
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
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
HDA sees drastic amendments 09/11/2001
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Ray of hope for house-buyers 21/11/2001
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
Y-a-w-n! There's no need to check on this
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
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
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.
of real estate 23/11/2001
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!
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,
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
Alam Perdana generates RM230 mn sales
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
`It's up to the State Govt'
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
Bank lifts restriction on property development
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.