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Housing prices likely to rise on steel tariff increase 01/04/2002 BT
THE recent increase in steel tariff will hit the property sector, with housing prices expected to experience a jump of between 0.5 and 1 per cent. Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia (Rehda) president Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi said that steel is a major component in the construction of a house, and any increase in raw materials will result in higher housing prices.

Taman Dalma project revived after 7 years 03/04/2002  NST
AFTER a seven-year wait, 102 house buyers of Taman Dalma at Km2 Jalan Bangi, Semenyih, Selangor will get their houses by September under a rescue scheme by Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad. Beranang State Assemblyman Ahmad Kuris Mohd Nor said under the RM2 million aid scheme by the national housing company (SPNB) of the Housing and Local Government Ministry, the project will be revived this month

Beyond cloak and daggers 06/04/2002 NST-PROP By Andrew Wong
It was during the press conference announcing the launch of the Home Ownership Campaign 2002 that I realised the extent of image-building needed by developers.

Tips on buying quality homes 09/04/2002 MM
HOC 2002 marks the first major house buyers' fair where the House Buyers Association (HBA) is educating consumers in a major way. Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said HOC 2002 would be the venue for HBA to expose house buyers to a new guide book aimed at creating awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

Rewards, contests to woo house buyers 09/04/2002  MM By Dennis Chua
Prospective home-owners can expect to be educated as well as rewarded in this year's Home Ownership Campaign, or HOC 2002.

Selangor to act on errant developers 14/04/2002 NST By M.K. Megan
SERI KEMBANGAN, April 13 ó Selangor Government officers will be going undercover soon to identify developers who refuse to sell the allocated 30 per cent quota of buildings and houses to Bumiputeras.

1,400 waiting for white knight to come along 15/04/2002 The Star
About 1,400 purchasers of the stalled Taman Cemerlang housing scheme are still waiting for a white knight to rescue the project in Bandar Baru Air Itam.  Housebuyers committee chairman Chang Yeong Shen said most buyers were from the low income group and could not afford to come up with additional money to take over the project themselves.

Kerajaan negeri disyor ambil kuota Bumiputera 16/04/2002 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin : Kerajaan negeri dicadangkan mengambil alih penjualan rumah di bawah kuota 30 peratus Bumiputera yang didakwa gagal dijual oleh pemaju sebelum meluluskan pengubahan tarafnya.Presiden Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Malaysia, Datuk Zainuddin Bachik berkata, ini bertujuan menghalang pemaju menggunakan alasan unit berkenaan tidak dapat dijual sedangkan mereka sebenarnya mahu mengelak daripada menjual unit berkenaan pada diskaun tujuh peratus kepada Bumiputera.

Bumi quota for houses stays 16/04/2002  The Star
SEREMBAN: The Housing and Local Government Ministry has no plans to reduce the 30% quota for bumiputras to buy houses. The matter is under the jurisdiction of the state and the ministry will not interfere, said its minister, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

Pembeli rayu kerajaan Johor segera siapkan rumah murah 16/04/2002  BH
SAYA mewakili pembeli rumah pangsa Taman Desa Rakyat Perdana, Jalan Kong-Kong, Pasir Gudang, Johor, bersebelahan Politeknik Johor Bahru dan berdepan Taman Kampung Kopok Baru merayu kerajaan Johor memberi perhatian kepada masalah kami yang tidak selesai sejak Mei 1998. Projek ini dimiliki Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd iaitu syarikat Kerajaan Negeri Johor.Taman perumahan ini sepatutnya siap pertengahan 2001, seperti yang tertera pada papan tanda projek.

CF TIADA, DAH KENA CUKAI 16/04/2002 HM
MOHD Naim dari Fasa 2, Taman Seri Tanjung Semenyih ingin penjelasan Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKj) terhadap cukai taksiran yang dikenakan kepada penduduk kawasan berkenaan. Menurutnya, penduduk berasa musykil terhadap cukai yang dikenakan kerana sehingga ini mereka belum menerima Sijil Layak Menduduki (CF) dari pemaju biarpun sudah menetap di situ sejak 1999.

MBf given leave to appeal CF decision 17/04/2002  The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: MBf Finance Bhd was allowed by the Court of Appeal yesterday to reopen argument on whether a house buyer needed to repay his loans to the financial institution once a temporary Certificate of Fitness (CF) has been issued.

A home in the city at `Sentul' 17/04/2002 BT
PROPERTY developer YTL Land and Development Bhd is opening up new opportunities for home-buyers to own a home in the city with the revived Sentul Raya mixed-use development in Kuala Lumpur. Now renamed simply as "Sentul", the planned 7,000 units of residential dwellings will comprise mainly high-rise housing types on 119ha of prime freehold land.

`Property buyers should check on the building quality, says Kayveas 18/04/2002 MM
On a stormy day some middle-class homes are no longer safe as the roofs may be ripped off, causing damage to surrounding properties, including vehicles parked nearby. Can anything be done to remedy this problem?

Realiti kuota rumah 18/04/2002 Utusan Malaysia
Dasar pemilikan rumah yang ditetapkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan bahawa setiap projek perumahan wajib menyediakan 30 peratus unit rumah untuk dibeli oleh kaum bumiputera nampaknya diungkitkan semula oleh pemaju perumahan.  Sudah beberapa kali pemaju perumahan memalukan gendang mendakwa peruntukan kuota 30 peratus unit perumahan menimbulkan masalah dan merugikan mereka kerana mendakwa ia tidak dibeli oleh bumiputera.

Ong, Kayveas giving ministry a bad image 19/04/2002 NST
April 19: IT was not amusing to read the news item headlined "Minister and deputy differ on quota issue" (NST, April 16) which reported that the Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and his deputy Datuk M. Kaveas "seem to be at odds over recent issues, including the 30 per cent housing quota for Bumiputeras.

Local authorities do not delay CF issuance 20/04/2002  Utusan
KOTA TINGGI April 19 - Local authorities have never deliberately delayed the issuance of certificates of fitness (CF) to house buyers, Director-General of National Housing Department Datuk Mohamed bin Saib said today.

Injunksi halang pemaju jual rumah pembeli 20/04/2002 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat - Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini membenarkan permohonan injunksi sementara 11 pembeli rumah Taman Permai Jaya, Ampang, yang memohon supaya syarikat perumahan Perincit Projects Sdn Bhd, dihalang daripada menjual hartanah mereka. Permohonan injunksi itu juga diberikan supaya Perincit atau ejennya dihalang daripada menuntut apa-apa bayaran kemajuan pembinaan hartanah itu daripada institusi kewangan pembeli sehingga keputusan mahkamah.

Housing developers risk losing licence if avoid selling to Bumis 21/04/2002 NST  By V. Shankar Ganesh
Klang: The Housing and Local Government Ministry can take immediate action including revoking the licences issued to housing developers if they were found trying to avoid selling units to bumiputeras.

Kayveas: Ministry not cutting quota 21/04/2002 The Star
IPOH: Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas clarified yesterday that he had only suggested the 30% quota for bumiputras to buy houses be reduced and did not say that the ministry might reduce the quota.

SPNB mahu pulih 70 projek 21/04/2002  MM
SEREMBAN: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan melalui Bahagian Pengawasan dan Penguatkuasa mengenal pasti 70 projek perumahan terbengkalai di seluruh negara untuk dipulihkan Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB).

Pemaju suka ambil kesempatan 21/04/2002 HM
Saranan Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk M Kayveas, supaya kuota 30 peratus lot rumah Bumiputera dikurangkan berikutan kegagalan menjuaInya, mendapat reaksi banyak pihak. 

Lebih 26,000 rumah terbengkalai dipulih 21/04/2002 BM
SEREMBAN: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mengenal pasti 70 projek perumahan terbengkalai membabitkan 26,510 unit rumah di seluruh negara untuk dipulihkan segera oleh Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB). Daripada keseluruhan projek bernilai RM3.2 bilion itu, 12 adalah di Selangor, Pahang (10), Wilayah Persekutuan (9), Johor (7), Kelantan (7), Negeri Sembilan (6), Perak (5), Kedah (4), Pulau Pinang (4), Melaka (3), Terengganu (2) dan Perlis (1).

Firm to revive 70 failed projects 21/04/2002  Sunday Star
SEREMBAN: Some 26,000 houses, with an estimated value of RM3.23bil and left incomplete more than five years ago, are expected to be ready by next year. Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad assistant general manager (project rehabilitation) Mohd Amin Mohd Salleh said the company was targeting to complete the abandoned projects by next year.

Lebih 26,000 rumah terbengkalai dipulih BM 21/04/2002  By Ziauddin Sharuddin
SEREMBAN: Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan mengenal pasti 70 projek perumahan terbengkalai membabitkan 26,510 unit rumah di seluruh negara untuk dipulihkan segera oleh Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB). Daripada keseluruhan projek bernilai RM3.2 bilion itu, 12 adalah di Selangor, Pahang (10), Wilayah Persekutuan (9), Johor (7), Kelantan (7), Negeri Sembilan (6), Perak (5), Kedah (4), Pulau Pinang (4), Melaka (3), Terengganu (2) dan Perlis (1).

Revival of abandoned projects NSUNT 21/04/2002
SEREMBAN, Sat. - The Government has directed Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) to revive some 70 of 514 housing projects abandoned by developers during the economic slowdown of 1997. Wholly-owned by the Finance Ministry, the company, incorporated in May, 2001, had initially been allocated a total of RM1 billion for the purpose, said its assistant general manager (rehabilitation project) Mohd Amin Mohd Salleh.

Making builders keep promises 22/04/2002 The Star By FREDERICK FERNANDEZ
KLANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will study a proposal to make it mandatory for developers to include the additional facilities they promise in promotional brochures in the sale and purchase agreement.

Pembeli rumah Taman Sri Pongsu kecewa sikap pemaju 22/04/2002 BH
SAYA adalah antara beribu-ribu rakyat Malaysia yang menyahut seruan kerajaan untuk membeli rumah dengan tujuan dapat merangsang ekonomi negara. Malangnya niat yang baik ini terasa seperti merugikan diri apabila rumah yang siap masih tidak dapat diduduki hingga hari ini. Pada 2000, sewaktu negara masih dibelenggu kelembapan ekonomi, kerajaan menjalankan beberapa dasar yang berkaitan dengan industri perumahan yang agak perlahan supaya dapat digerakkan semula dengan harapan ia dapat menjana kembali ekonomi negara.

Home improvement urgently needed 23/04/2002 The Sun
SHAH ALAM: They had paid up to RM330,000 for their houses in Mutiara Subang. However, almost as soon as they moved in two-and-a-half years ago, several defects began to emerge in these houses, which had just received Certificates of Fitness (CF).

Govt waives RM2.1mil in contribution charges 24/04/2002 The Star
The Federal Government has waived the contribution charges amounting to RM2.1mil for the stalled Taman Terubong Indah (Majestic Heights) Phase 1 project. The sum represented contribution charges for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Indah Water Konsortium (IWK), amounting to RM456,900 and RM1.18mil.

Check background of hosts first, govt officials told
26/04/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Ministers and government officials must check the background of companies that invite them to officiate at functions, particularly development projects, before consenting to attend such events.

VIPs warned of developers misusing their names 26/04/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Prominent people should be wary of the unscrupulous advertising techniques of some property developers who use their names and photographs to woo potential buyers. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting today advised leaders who received invitations to launch housing projects to check the developer's background before consenting to attend the ceremony -

Pemaju rumah gagal sedia kemudahan asas 27/04/2002 BH
SAYA sudah tidak tahu cara apa dan pada siapa mahu mengadu masalah perumahan yang membabitkan saya. Perkara ini bukan baru tetapi isu lama yang tidak pernah basi.

Blacklisting for developers who donít 28/04/2002  The Star By Choong Kwee Kim
PENANG: First it was a case of developers advertising without permits. Now, according to Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas, there were some who did not advertise, after obtaining the permits, to allegedly hide certain facts from potential buyers.

Buyers seek legal redress 29/04/2002  NST
BUYERS of Rhythm Avenue apartments in USJ19, Subang Jaya, Selangor are running out of patience with the project developer, Sanjung Utama Sdn Bhd. They say construction work on the project stopped eight months ago and they are now seeking legal action against the developer.

Residents: Show results, then we pay 29/4/2002 The Star
RESIDENTS of Vista Saujana Apartments in Taman Wangsa Permai are unhappy over the lackadaisical management and maintenance of their apartments for the past two years.

Housing developers' contracts will be revoked if projects not completed 29/4/2002 NST
April 27: THE Pahang Government will revoke the contracts given to five private housing developers to build low-cost houses under the cross- subsidy programme if they fail to complete the projects.

`Make it mandatory to build larger low-cost homes' 29/04/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - The House Buyers Association (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor) says the Government should make it mandatory for developers to build houses which have at least three bedrooms, two toilets, a kitchen and a hall.

 

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