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New ruling to overcome shortage of cemeteries 01/03/2002 NST-CITY
PROPERTY developers with projects of more than 200 hectares in Selangor will have to set aside one hectare for cemetery land for every 1,000 houses. This new ruling, issued by the Selangor Government, will be incorporated in the Local Development Draft Plan (1999-2010) for Bangi-Semenyih- Beranang to resolve a shortage of cemeteries.

HDA Act in force once tribunal is selected 01/03/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Housing Development Act, gazetted last Jan 31, comes into force once the Public Service Department appoints members of the Housing Tribunal. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said apart from this, the ministry had submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers several proposed amendments to the sale and purchase agreement.

Dr M: Give more priority to landscaping effort 04/03/2001 The Star
In making the call, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said giving landscaping would also directly benefit developers, as the value of their properties would increase significantly.

Gagal patuhi pelan punca CF lewat 06/03/2002 BH
MASALAH kelewatan pengeluaran sijil layak menduduki (CF) bangunan agensi kerajaan dipercayai berpunca daripada kegagalan mengikut spesifikasi pelan atau kelemahan rekod. Yang Dipertua Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK), Mohd Sharif Yusof, berkata sesetengah agensi kerajaan tidak membina infrastruktur mengikut pelan

Pembeli tanggung rugi  07/03/2002 HM
Rumah lambat siap, tiada kemudahan

Providing for recycling at high-rise buildings  07/03/2002 NST-CITY
MANAGEMENT of high-rise buildings may soon be required to provide a recycling centre facility. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said this when launching a recycling centre and community park in Taman Desa on Tuesday. "With the mushrooming of high-rise condominiums and apartments, managements of the buildings should set up recycling centres at their premises," he said.

Cost of houses could escalate 09/03/2002 NST-PROP  By Eileen Ng
With the amended Housing Development Act now in place, the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) predicts that the cost of residential properties will soar by 15 per cent to 30 per cent, due to "complying" costs.

Majestic Heights buyers seek fees waiver 11/03/2002 The Star
PENANG will ask state local authorities to help purchasers of the stalled Taman Terubong Indah (Majestic Heights) Phase 1 to revive the project. Paya Terubong assemblyman Dr Loh Hock Hun said the Penang Municipal Council, Public Works Department and the Penang Water Supply Corporation would be asked to waive development contributions amounting to RM3.62mil.

Compensate house buyers adequately for late delivery 12/03/2002 NST By S.C. Hooi Kuala Lumpur
I WISH to applaud the efforts made by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the House Buyers Association to amend the law to protect future house buyers. I hope the Ministry will look into claims on Liquidated Ascertained Damages filed by house buyers.

No repair work after validity date 16/03/2002 MM
THE houses are new but the defects were manifold. When Pang and his relatives could not get the developer to do a good job in repairing them they hired their own contractors to do so. Pang who bought an apartment in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Cheras, and three of his relatives, who bought similar apartment homes in the township, are claiming damages from the developer amounting to RM3,000.

Fed-up residents step in to solve strata title problem 18/3/2002 The Star
The residents of yet another high-rise project in Penang are facing problems, this time with both the developer and the building management. Desa May residents in Relau claim their developer who is facing financial problems has yet to apply for their strata titles even though they moved in six years ago.

Federal Govt takes over low-cost housing projects 19/03/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Government has taken over the implementation of low-cost housing projects from the states under a RM1.404bil strategy to build and finance 40,000 units over the next five years. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who announced this yesterday, said the Cabinet endorsed the new policy on Feb 27.

Private sector not relieved of building low-cost homes 20/03/2002 BT
THE takeover of low-cost housing projects by the Federal Government from state governments will not release the private sector from developing such homes. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said for now, the developers are still required to develop the low-cost housing projects.

840 pembeli diminta beri peluang pemaju siapkan rumah  20/03/2002 BH
SUBANG, Selasa - Kira-kira 840 pembeli rumah di Seksyen 2, Bandar Pinggiran Subang, Sungai Buloh, Shah Alam di sini diminta memberi peluang kedua kepada pemaju, Unique Creation Sdn Bhd (Unique Creation) menyiapkan projek yang terbengkalai.Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelancongan, Sains dan Teknologi dan Pembangunan Organisasi negeri, Datuk Ir Lum Weng Keong, berkata pihaknya yakin pemaju terbabit ingin menunaikan tanggungjawab menyiapkan projek.

Rumah tak siap, ansuran terus bayar 20/03/2002 HM
SUBANG: Kira-kira 50 pembeli rumah teres Delima dan apartmen Orkid di Seksyen 2, Bandar Pinggiran Subang, di sini, merungut kerana terpaksa membayar ansuran pinjaman bank walaupun kediaman yang dibeli terbengkalai. Projek perumahan yang mula dibina pada tahun 1997 dijangka siap pada tahun lalu tetapi masih terbengkalai

Court rejects builder’s appeal 20/3/2002  The Star By K. Kasturi Dewi
A developer failed to overturn a lower court decision allowing a house buyer to strike out the developer’s statement of defence in a suit for damages for late delivery of vacant possession.

Penduduk Bandar Sungai Buaya derita 21/03/2002 HM
BANDAR SUNGAI BUAYA: Kira-kira 5,000 penduduk menuntut pihak pemaju perumahan bandar ini menyelesaikan segera beberapa isu, termasuk kelewatan pengeluaran sijil layak menduduki rumah (CF) . Yang Dipertua Persatuan Penduduk Bandar Sungai Buaya, Lt Kol (B) Mohamad Ghani Mohamad Madersah, berkata penduduk sudah bosan mendengar janji kosong pihak pemaju untuk mengatasi masalah berkenaan.

Move to revive MCLIC project 21/03/2002 NST-BUSS
DOMAIN Resources Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malton Bhd, has been assigned to revive the RM350 million Malaysia China Light Industrial City (MCLIC) property project in Malacca. The 162.8 hectare project, now known as Taman Bertam Impian, is believed to be the State's biggest private abandoned project to be revived at the moment.

Malton unit to revive RM350m project in Malacca 21/03/2002 BT
MALTON Bhd's subsidiary, Domain Resources Sdn Bhd, has been given the task to revive the RM350 million Malaysia China Light Industrial City (MCLIC) project in Malacca. Domain Resources has been appointed as the project manager for the 162.8-ha MCLIC, said Malton executive director Philip Ho during a media tour at the project site in Malacca yesterday.

Stalled housing project headache for 840 22/03/2002 NST-CITY
IT has been more than four years since the Bandar Pinggiran Subang project was launched, but the 840 buyers of the double-storey link houses (Delima) and medium-cost flats (Orkid) have yet to move into their new homes. The units were supposed to have been ready last May, but they are now only 70 per cent complete. The link houses were priced about RM85,000 each and the flats about RM65,000.

Waiver only applies to dwellings 24/03/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Treasury has clarified that the waiver of stamp duty announced by the Government recently only applies for the purchase of residential property.  Residential property is defined as houses, condominiums, apartments and flats built for dwelling, it said in a statement here yesterday.

SPN bela nasib pemilik rumah  Harian Metro 25/3/2002
SEMENYIH: Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPN) memberi jaminan membela nasib 106 pemilik rumah kos rendah Taman Dalma, di sini, sehingga mereka dapat menduduki rumah masing-masing. Penolong Pengurus Besarnya, Mohd Amin Mohd Salleh berkata, pemilik rumah Taman Dalma tidak perlu mengeluarkan belanja kerana semuanya ditanggung SPN.

Pencen habis bayar rumah 25/03/2002 HM
SEMENYIH: "Saya tidak merasa wang pencen sejak bersara pada 1995 kerana semua habis untuk bayaran ansuran rumah terbengkalai," kata Mohd Zin Abdullah, 62. Pesara kerani sekolah menengah di Jinjang itu mendakwa dia terpaksa melunaskan ansuran RM262 sebulan sejak membeli rumah kos rendah Taman Dalma, di sini, pada 1994.

Act against errant housing developers 27/03/2002 NST
I refer to S.C. Hooi's letter (NST, March 12). I too am a victim of a housing developer in Ipoh. I have made only one investment in a house. It is perhaps unfortunate that the scheme developed problems, but elsewhere they are doing extremely well, well enough to subsidise their losses in Ipoh. They had to pay me Liquidated Ascertained Damages and I was shocked when they asked me to accept 50 per cent of the Liquidated Ascertained Damages due to me, as full settlement. They know that we house buyers have exhausted our savings, that taking them to court will mean lawyers fees, etc, which we are reluctant to do as we have no guarantee that the court's decision will be in our favour.

Uncertainty over flats  27/03/2002 NST
I REFER to the report "Stalled housing project headache for 840", (NST, March 22). As one of those who bought the five-storey three-room flats, I was shocked to read that the price of the flats was RM65,000 each. The actual price was RM92,000, RM95,000, RM97,000 and RM95,000 for the third, second, first and ground floors respectively. My third floor flat cost RM92,000, whereas the price range by right should be between RM60,000 and RM70,000 depending on the locality.

Roofing, air-con contractors may feel hardest pinch 27/03/2002 BT
ROOFING and air-conditioning specialist contractors are expected to feel the hardest pinch from the Government's recent decision to increase the tariff on imported steel by twofold. While the move to slap a flat 50 per cent tariff on some steel products may not bring as big an impact to infrastructure projects, the cost for property-based projects will most likely be increased substantially.

House buyers "how-to" 29/03/2002 Malay Mail
The launch of the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) yesterday also saw the introduction of a new book for house buyers. The "House Buyers Guide" is published by the House Buyers Association (HBA), which will also be participating at HOC 2002.

Take advantage of waiver of stamp duty, buyers urged 29/03/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Take advantage of the waiver of stamp duty for the purchase of homes and scout for new properties at the Home Ownership Campaign 2002. More than 60 developers would be taking part, showcasing a variety of housing projects located in and around the Klang Valley.

Assessment fee compulsory 30/03/2002 MM
"WHY do we have to pay the assessment fee when we have yet to receive our certificate of fitness?" wonders KAMAL of Taman Sri Tanjun, Semenyih. He says residents of Phase 2A and 2B in that housing estate have not received their CF since 1997.

Right price, wrong location and type 30/03/2002 NST-PROP
AFFORDABLE housing, generally understood to refer to properties priced at RM150,000 and below, made up the bulk of unsold residential properties recorded in the second half of 2001 (H2 2001). According to the Property Overhang Report for H2 2002 released earlier this week by the Ministry of Finance's Valuation and Property Services Department (VSPD), properties in this price category amounted to 30,736 units, or 75 per cent of the 40,977 unsold residential units in the country during the period under review. The percentage is slightly more than the previous half year, when affordable properties made up 73.2 per cent of the total 35,203 unsold residential units.


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