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Terima kunci tapi tak boleh pindah  01/02/2002 HM
ABD HALIM Abd Rahim dari Bukit Sentosa, Rawang, tidak puas hati berikutan tiada kemudahan asas seperti sekolah, masjid dan taman permainan yang sepatutnya disediakan pemaju atau Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (MDHS). "Saya menerima kunci rumah pada Jun 2001 tetapi terpaksa menangguhkan perpindahan kerana tiada apa-apa kemudahan terutama sekolah.

Six-month exemption to spur housing sector, says NEAC 02/02/2002 The Star By CLARENCE CHUA
PETALING JAYA: The Government will waive stamp duty for the purchase of residential property build by developers registered with the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia (Rehda), the Sabah Housing Developers’ Association or the Sarawak Housing Developers’ Association between Jan 1 and June 30.

More protection for housebuyers  02/02/2002 The Star By Chelsea L.Y. Ng
KUALA LUMPUR: The gazetted changes to housing laws will allow housebuyers to enjoy more protection, ranging from having disputes resolved by a tribunal to enhancement of enforcement up to the stage of issuance of the certificate of fitness for occupation (CFO) and transfer of titles.

Groups take dim view of RM60m lighting bill 04/02/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The decision by the Government to allocate RM2mil to each of the 30 municipal councils for decorative items and lighting to attract tourists during the festive seasons is deemed “excessive” by various organisations. House Buyers Association chairman Datuk Zainuddin Bachik said the funds should be used for more worthwhile projects.

Taking matters in hand 18/05/2002 NST-PROP By Sheila Singam
In the absence of affective enforcement to ensure quality and professionalism in the different real estate sectors, perhaps players should move towards self-governance. If you were to ask me to use one phrase to describe the Malaysian real estate industry, I'd sum it up as a "a bundle of contradictions".

Couple ordered to rebuild wall 06/02/2002 The Star
PENANG: Renovation work carried out in high-rise building units, which may cause structural defects, is a risk that should not be taken by anyone, a High Court judge said yesterday.

Ministry to back Cocobay condo residents' appeals 07/02/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Datuk M. Kayveas today assured residents of Cocobay Condominum in Port Dickson that the ministry would support their appeals to several departments to waive the penalties over unpaid water and electricity bills. After a meeting with condominium residents and representatives from Port Dickson Municipal Council, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Port Dickson Waterworks Department and counsel for the project developer at his office today, Kayveas advised the residents to write appeal letters to the departments.

Upah samseng ugut pembeli 07/02/2002 HM
PETALING JAYA: Pemaju yang menjual rumah bermasalah dan tidak seperti diiklankan sanggup mengupah samseng untuk menutup mulut pembeli yang membuat bantahan dan mahu membawa masalah berkenaan kepada pihak berkuasa. Pengurus Aduan Persatuan Pengguna Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan, Ismail Aziz, berkata pihaknya ada menerima aduan mengenai perkara berkenaan daripada pembeli rumah yang membuat aduan mengenai masalah mereka kepada persatuan

Still no CF for factory 08/02/2002 The Star
MORE than three years ago, I bought a small industrial factory at Nilai Inland Port. But till today, I have not received the Certificate of Fitness for it. I am suffering financial losses because of this.

Irresponsible residents cause five-day water cut 08/02/2002 NST-CITY
ALL 90 households in Block D of Taman Bakti flats in Pandan Jaya suffered a five-day water cut, which ended last Monday, due to the irresponsibility of a few residents. Resident Ng Chu Yong said occupants of 13 units had failed to settle their water bills.

Builder ordered to deliver unit 08/02/2002 The Star
A geophysicist succeeded yesterday in his application in the High Court to compel a developer to deliver vacant possession of his condominium unit in Batu Ferringhi.

Making of the Housing Development Act  09/02/2002 NST-PROP
ONE of the first things Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting did when he became the Minister of Housing and Local Government was to spearhead his ministry's Steering Committee on Legislative Drafting to re-look at the provisions of the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (the principal Act) and propose the necessary amendments to it. The last time the principal Act was amended was in 1988. It was also amended in 1972, revised in 1973 and further amended in 1977. The Committee met for the first time on Feb 29 2000, and sat through the next eight months over a series of meetings to deal with the many amendments proposed by various parties. Deputy Minister Datuk Peter Chin also chaired a number of meetings.

Driven by demand 09/02/2002 NST-PROP
BANDAR Alam Perdana's recipe for success is simple but effective. A competitive pricing structure that offers house buyers value for money and unique architectural designs in an IT-conducive environment have stirred demand for properties in the project, which in turn, has been translated into sales. Developed by Vega Builders Sdn Bhd (VBSB), a member of the Fountain View Group, the 3,500-acre mixed-development has been experiencing take-up rates that are the envy of the industry since it was first launched.

Housebuyers can resort to tribunal 10/02/2002 NSUNT
MIRI, Sat. - The Government plans to set up a tribunal for housebuyers soon, giving fresh hope for justice to be done for thousands of people who had bought defective units in peninsula Malaysia. The tribunal will hear cases involving small claims, including cases where housebuyers are claiming for losses arising from defective or shoddy workmanship on their houses.

Chin: States should have housing tribunal 11/02/2002 The Star
MIRI: Sabah and Sarawak should have laws allowing them to set up tribunals for consumers seeking more options to remedy problems relating to housebuying.

Reluctance to repair standby lift irks resident 11/02/2002 MM
ARVIND of Prima Selayang flats in Selayang Bahagia is unhappy with the management company of the 10-storey flats for its reluctance to repair a faulty lift at Block C. "Since one lift broke down, the residents have to depend on the second lift. What happens when the second lift breaks down too?" asks Arvind, adding that the lift broke down seven months ago.

New housing law takes effect 12/02/2002 MM
THE cumulative effect of these additional paragraphs in section 7 is to make the issuance of CF more transparent and to make the developer more accountable. That, of course, is as far as the theory goes. What will happen in practice will depend on the effectiveness of the monitoring by the Controller and his deputies and their seriousness and commitment in enforcing the new law to its fullest extent. Meanwhile, over 100 residents of Taman Sri Bakau in Kangar had good news recently when the relevant local authority (Majlis Perbandaran Kangar, MPK) issued temporary CFs to their completed houses. According to news reports, they had been waiting for their CFs for as far back as 1999 (see Berita Harian, 4 January 2002).

Still waiting for CF to be issued 14/02/2002 NST
I BOUGHT a house from the Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) in Fasa 1D3 in Bandar Baru Seri Manjung in January 1997. It took PKNP five years to build the house when the contract stipulated it should be delivered within 2 1/2 years. The house has been ready for six months now but the Certificate of Fitness has yet to be issued

Projek jadi belukar 14/02/2002 Harian Metro
KAJANG: Lebih 100 unit rumah kos sederhana di Taman Kantan Permai, di sini, yang tidak disiapkan pemaju kira-kira 10 tahun lalu kini ditumbuhi semak-samun dan belukar, menjadi sarang binatang berbisa seperti ular.

For the betterment of the industry 16/02/2002 NST-PROP
HOUSE buyers can rest easier with the gazetting of the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Bill 2001 (the Amending Act) last month. The Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (the principal Act) which is now called the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (the Act) will have general application to the industry made up of purchasers as well as the housing developers. In the past, the principal Act gave the impression that it was aimed only at housing developers.

Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 16/02/2002 NST By *Shamsulbahri bin Ibrahim & Roger Tan Kor Mee
Background One of the first things Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting did when he became the Minister of Housing and Local Government was to spearhead his ministry’s Steering Committee on Legislative Drafting (“the Committee”) to re-look at the provisions of the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (“the principal Act”) and propose the necessary amendments to it. .

Hitting where it hurts 16/2/2002 NST
Errant housing developers will be made to pay for breaking the law. The Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 will see an increase in penalties for offences against the Act.

Stricter issuance of licenses 16/02/2002 NST-PROP CHANGES have been made to the law that would now make it more difficult for housing developers to obtain licenses. On the whole, the rationale is to only issue licenses to those who have the financial means to engage in such developments.

Cracking down 16/02/2002 MB By Charles Raj
THE recent amendments to the Housing Development Act 2001 is designed to benefit both housebuyers and developers. The Ministry of Housing and Local Government says both parties will enjoy equal protection under the law. The new amendments will no doubt protect housebuyers and address the numerous problems faced by them. Last year alone, the Ministry received 1,823 complaints from housebuyers relating to shoddy and defective work, the lack of Certificates of Fitness (COF), late delivery, sales and purchase violations, fraud and the lack of amenities and infrastructure.

Bangunan terbengkalai musnah terbakar 17/02/2002 BM
KUALA LUMPUR: Dua menara bangunan di tapak projek pembangunan bercampur, Sentul Raya, yang terbengkalai sejak kira-kira tujuh tahun lalu musnah dalam kebakaran, malam semalam. Kejadian kira-kira jam 7.30 malam itu memusnahkan binaan di bangunan separuh siap projek bernilai RM1.3 bilion di Jalan Perhentian, Sentul dekat sini.

New Act to protect housebuyer 19/02/2002 The Star
A NEW Act to further consolidate housing development and protect housebuyers was gazetted on Jan 31 after two years of discussions. CLARENCE CHUA looks at some of the clauses to find out how it will affect housebuyers and developers.

Easier now to sue developers 20/02/02 NST By Carolyn Hong
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. — Purchasers who have taken a loan to buy an apartment will soon find it easier to sue the developer for breach of contract.Once the Housing Development Act comes into force, they would not have to get the financial institution involved other than getting its written consent to the suit.

Housebuyers file suit against new developer 22/02/2002 NST
MALACCA, Thurs. - Five housebuyers from Taman Bukit Tembakau in Umbai have filed a suit in the High Court against housing developer Jejaka Megah Sdn Bhd and government-owned Tabung Pemulihan Perumahan Terbengkalai Sdn Bhd (TPPT). A. Chelvadurai, K. Arajunan, Mahfar Alwee, Redzuan Mohd Said and Hamidah Md Noor, who is the widow of Ibrahim Amat, the original houseowner, filed the writ through the firm of Mogan Karupiah and Co.

Six-month exemption to spur housing sector, says NEAC 22/02/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The Government will waive stamp duty for the purchase of residential property build by developers registered with the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia (Rehda), the Sabah Housing Developers’ Association or the Sarawak Housing Developers’ Association between Jan 1 and June 30.

Rehda to list eligible properties 23/02/2002 The Star By Sim Leoi Leoi and Clarence Chua
PETALING JAYA: The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia (Rehda) will carry out a registration exercise of all residential properties in Peninsular Malaysia that will qualify for the stamp duty exemption

Khidmat guaman pembeli rumah 25/2/2002 Utusan
MELAKA 24 Feb. - Kerajaan negeri menyediakan perkhidmatan peguam percuma kepada pembeli rumah yang menjadi mangsa penganiayaan pemaju projek perumahan terbengkalai di Melaka.

Probe into missing RM10m progressive payment 25/02/2002 NST By V. Ramanan
Kuala Lumpur: Sun. - Two former executives of a construction company are alleged to have siphoned RM10 million last year in "progressive payment" to a subcontractor carrying out a low-cost housing project. They are alleged to have worked in tandem with two directors of the sub-contracting firm.

Ministry proposes land cost subsidy 26/02/2002 BT
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry proposes to subsidise the land cost for low-cost housing schemes in big towns, Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said yesterday. He said he will table a proposal paper on the matter to the Cabinet soon.

Move to enable poor to buy homes in urban areas  26/02/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - A proposal will be submitted to the Government to subsidise the cost of land and enable the lower-income group to purchase homes in urban areas. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Sri Ong Ka Ting said the Government was concerned over many low income earners in urban areas who could not afford low-cost houses.

Problems facing 70 abandoned projects 27/02/2002 NST
MALACCA, Tues. - Problems have been encountered in reviving about 70 abandoned housing projects in the country. These include failure to attract new developers, problem pertaining to the status of the affected land, and house buyers who could not strike a deal with the new developers.

Seeking end to Belvedere Condo strata title dispute 27/02/2002 NST-CITY
THE owners and developer of Belvedere Condominium in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur, will have to settle their problems with their developers or resort to the courts for a decision. The dispute over the strata titles arose when the details in their sales and purchase agreement differed from that of their titles.

Kayveas has his hands full 28/02/2002 MM
FROM a disputed maintenance fee hike to delays in getting strata titles, residents of three areas brought their grouses to the Housing and Local Government Ministry yesterday. They came from the Pearl Point condominium, Taman Naga Emas in Salak Selatan and Sri Petaling Zone `C' walk-up flats in Sri Petaling. Seputeh MP, Teresa Kok, accompanied them.

`Maintenance fee hike unfair' 28/02/2002 MM
HOUSING and Local Government Deputy Minister, Datuk M. Kayveas, said it is "unfair" for the Pearl Point Condominium developer to increase the maintenance fee without a valid reason. "The developer should meet the residents association and come to an agreement on the amount."

Duty waiver boost for housing sector 28/2/2002 The Star By V.K. Chin
THE waiving of stamp duty for houses in new projects as proposed by the National Economic Action Council will certainly help to boost the residential property sector. As thousands of ringgit could be saved house-buyers should take advantage of this scheme.


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