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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS
(2003)

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`Datuk' pleads guilty to cheating five 01/02/2003 MM
THERE must have been something in the 25-year-old's mannerisms to make six people, including a school principal, believe that he is a Datuk. They were impressed when he told them that he could get the five of them low-cost flats in Kota Damansara at RM25,000 each.

Acting on construction debris 03/02/2003 NST-CITY 
SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council will not return deposits made by owners for renovation to premises if they fail to clean up the construction debris once such work is over. The decision was made following reports where some owners had left the debris by the roadsides, creating illegal garbage heaps.

Rumah murah siap, pahat tetap berbunyi 03/02/2003 BH
SAYA ingin mengetahui kedudukan rumah kos rendah di Taman Plentong Utama, Masai, Johor. Rumah itu siap tiga tahun lalu seperti tarikh jangkaan dalam surat perjanjian.

PM: Impose stiffer penalties against greedy developers 05/02/2003 The Star
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested stiffer penalties, including a jail sentence, against those who disregard the environmental laws for profit.

Penjara pemaju ingkar 05/02/2003 BH
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad mahu pihak yang sewenang- wenangnya meratakan bukit serta menjejaskan alam sekitar di kawasan tanah tinggi dikenakan hukuman lebih berat termasuk penjara. Perdana Menteri, yang kesal dengan keghairahan sesetengah pemaju mencari keuntungan sehingga tidak menghiraukan alam sekitar menegaskan, hukuman denda saja tidak mencukupi terhadap golongan itu.

Dr M jamin kekal kawasan rekreasi 05/02/2003 BH
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad memberi jaminan kerajaan tidak akan mengorbankan kawasan rekreasi dan riadah sekitar ibu kota untuk memberi laluan kepada projek perumahan atau bangunan komersial. Perdana Menteri berkata, jika kawasan terbabit diberi kepada pemaju, mereka pasti mendapat keuntungan besar hasil pembinaan rumah, tetapi menyebabkan kehijauan Kuala Lumpur terhapus

Get clothes dryer, flat dwellers urged 05/02/2003 MM
GET a clothes dryer or use the laundry service. This was the advice from Datuk Bandar Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek to highrise building residents who persistently hang their clothes outside their units.

Drying area compulsory in future high-rise units 06/02/2003 NST-CITY
WHY do flat dwellers still hang their clothes at the balcony of their homes despite having been repeatedly told that this would tarnish the city's appearance? Perhaps it is because they do not have a proper area to hang their washing or that the flats are not equipped with an efficient clothes dryer.

PEMAJU UNTUNG, PEMBELI DERITA 06/02/2003 HM
PADA 1999 saya membeli sebuah apartmen di Puchong. Mengikut surat perjanjian yang ditanda tangani bersama, apartmen itu siap pada April tahun ini iaitu genap 36 bulan pembinaannya. Tetapi apa yang dijanjikan oleh pemaju itu hanyalah sebagai alasan untuk menarik pembeli sedangkan apartmen itu masih lagi di tahap 60 peratus pembinaan sehingga hari ini.

Formula Ali Rustam selesai masalah CF 07/02/2003 BH
RUMAH siap pahat berbunyi. Peribahasa ini cukup sinonim dengan isu pengeluaran sijil layak menduduki (CF) yang menghantui pemaju perumahan atau bangunan. Banyak cadangan, saranan, seminar dan arahan dikemukakan kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) dan agensi berkaitan supaya mengurangkan kerenah birokrasi dalam pengeluaran CF tetapi pelaksanaannya masih di takuk lama.

Sultan murka pemaju tunjuk belang 07/02/2003 BH
TEMERLOH: Sultan Pahang semalam kesal dengan keghairahan pemaju yang menarah kawasan lereng di Blue Valley, Cameron Highlands sehingga menjejaskan keindahan pusat peranginan tanah tinggi itu. Baginda menyifatkan pemaju terbabit cuba menunjukkan `belang' sehingga tidak mempedulikan undang-undang serta denda yang pernah dikenakan terhadap perbuatannya itu.

Safety features lacking in old condos 07/02/2003 MM
SOME old highrise buildings do not have enough safety equipment and this will give rise to serious problems in an emergency. Such is the situation at the Crescent Court condominium in Brickfields, where there were no emergency lights along the staircases.

Stop the leakage 07/02/2003 MM
WATER is seeping from the ceiling into the drying area, kitchen and bathrooms of KAUR's unit at the Mediterrenean Apartment in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam. "I am staying on the ground floor and since moving there in 1995, there has been a leakage in several areas in the unit," she says.

Manual for Sunway Semenyih owners 08/02/2003 NST-PROP
ALL properties should one day be sold like cars, that is to say, with a manual. And in what is probably a first in the housing development industry, Sunway City Bhd has provided buyers of its Bandar Sunway Semenyih project in Selangor a Home Owner Manual to assist them in settling into their new homes. The manual in the form of a bound 81-page booklet, which was presented to the first batch of purchasers when they received the keys to their terrace houses recently, provides information on the township, its customer care centre, public utility services and maintenance tips for their houses.

Semua projek tanah tinggi wajib kajian 08/02/2003 BH
KUALA LUMPUR: Jawatankuasa Tetap Perlindungan Tanah Tinggi yang ditubuhkan Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Alam Sekitar perlu memastikan kajian penilaian kesan alam sekitar (EIA) dilakukan bagi semua projek tanah tinggi walaupun berskala kecil. Ketua Unit Perhubungan Tabung Alam Malaysia (WWF), Teoh Teik Hoong, berkata ia bagi memastikan pembangunan di kawasan tanah tinggi tidak menjejaskan alam sekitar, sekali gus memudaratkan kesihatan dan keselamatan manusia.

TNB lengah sambung elektrik ke rumah 08/02/2003 BH
SAYA membeli sebuah rumah di Taman Seri Rembau pada tahun 2000 dan ia dijangka siap pada 1 Jun 2002. Akibat terlalu banyak masalah yang dihadapi, pemaju lewat siap sehingga enam bulan iaitu pada Disember 2002

Budak maut 09/02/2003 MA
PETALING JAYA: Seorang budak lelaki berusia tiga tahun terbunuh, dipercayai terjatuh dari tingkat 9 Blok B, Pangsapuri Damai Sunway, di sini, semalam. Dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 9.40 pagi itu, budak berkenaan yang keluar mencari ibunya di tingkat 9, dipercayai terjatuh kerana tergelincir.

Lebih tegas terhadap pemaju 09/02/2003 MA
MASALAH pemaju perumahan gagal menyiapkan rumah mengikut jadual dan menyebabkan pembeli menjadi mangsa kerana terpaksa membayar kadar faedah pinjaman bank, sudah lama berlaku dan masih berterusan tanpa ada pembelaan pihak bertanggungjawab sehingga hari ini. Beberapa tahun dulu, Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan menyenaraihitamkan nama pemaju terbabit dan berjanji bertindak tegas demi membela nasib malang pembeli.

Kesal pemaju tak selenggara kediaman 10/02/2003 HM
PETALING JAYA: Penghuni flet di Taman Desaria, Jalan Klang Lama, di sini, kesal dengan sikap pihak pemaju kerana tidak melaksanakan tanggungjawab menyelenggarakan kemudahan di kawasan itu dengan sempurna. Menurut mereka, pengabaian aspek itu sejak beberapa tahun lalu menyebabkan keadaan di kawasan kediaman begitu teruk, sehingga menimbulkan gejala sosial seperti kecurian harta benda dan kenderaan.

TPPT's RM1bil property projects 10/02/2003 The Star By HANIM ADNAN
DESPITE its low-profile status, property developer TPPT Sdn Bhd has successfully completed notable property projects worth more than RM1bil, mainly in Selangor, Johor, Penang and Sabah over the past 12 years.

Housing claims still okay, says tribunal  11/02/2003 Daily Express
Kota Kinabalu: The Consumer Claims Tribunal will continue to hear claims pertaining to housing problems from housebuyers in Sabah and Sarawak.

MBSA perjelas punca CF belum dikeluarkan 13/2/2003 BH
MAJLIS Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) ingin merujuk aduan Pungguk Menunggu yang disiarkan dalam ruangan ini pada 23 Januari lalu. Penulis mengadu masalah pengeluaran Sijil Kelayakan Menduduki (CF) bangunan kuarters kediaman guru di Jalan Bertam Tahan 18/7, Seksyen 18, Shah Alam, Selangor.

Developers warned 14/02/2003 MM
HOUSING developers are reminded to build their projects in accordance with the Sales And Purchase Agreement or face the consequences. The warning was given by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting yesterday at the launch of the LBS Property Fair 2002 at Sunway Pyramid.

80 cases before Housing Tribunal so far 14/02/2003 The Star
The Housing Tribunal, set up on Dec 1 following the enforcement of the Housing Development Act 2002, has received 80 cases as at the end of last month, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

Jail the offenders 15/02/2003 NST PROP
Stricter enforcement and custodial sentences against errant developers will help clean up the housing industry. The recent rape of green hills in Cameron Highlands prompted many leaders, including no less than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir, to make a call for the perpetrators of such acts to be jailed.

The institution of development 15/02/2003 NST-PROP
DON'T pass go. Go straight to jail. From our Monopoly board, this decree could become a part of our development tapestry if the government has its way. A wrong move; a bad roll of the dice could see developers thrown out of their offices and into a dark, dingy dungeon to ponder over their wrong-doings. Many quarters are cheering on this suggestion, first mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and echoed all over the country by state leaders like Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob. They all hope it will be more than words; that it will become a piece of legislation that can be exercised on irresponsible developers and green rapists.

Low compensation for late delivery 17/02/2003 MM
MALA is seeking more compensation from her developer for the late delivery of her property. "I bought a condominium in Bandar Baru Ampang in June 2000 but it was delivered more than a year late. 

30% offer for late delivery of property 18/02/2003  MM
RAJASEKARAN is seeking compensation amounting to RM1,500 from his developer for late delivery of his property. He bought an apartment in Puchong six years ago but it was delivered 64 days late.

Pemaju tidak ambil peduli rumah retak 20/02/2003 BH
BAGI kebanyakan penduduk di Jalan Anggerik 4, Bukit Sentosa, Rawang, Selangor tidak ada apa yang lebih membimbangkan mereka kini, selain keadaan rumah yang retak. Kebanyakan penghuni yang mula menduduki rumah itu tiga tahun lalu, mulanya tidak berdepan dengan masalah yang dianggap tidak serius, selain masalah biasa sampah-sarap dan lalang yang mula meninggi.

Pitfalls in financing a house 20/02/2003 theedgedaily.com By Shaik Osman Majid
Advertisements are enticements, especially those by financial institutions offering housing loans that are short on details but loud on benefits.High on the enticement list is the declaration that processing fees would be waived.

Low-cost flats for sale in Sarawak 21/02/2003 BT
SARAWAK Housing Development Corp (HDC) is opening for sale its low-cost flats in Bandar baru Sibu at the Sibu Jaya New Township with a low downpayment of RM500 and monthly payment of just RM173. Other incentives thrown in to attract buyers of the 1,920 units of low- cost four-storey flats and 1,800 units of medium-cost houses are waiver of RM700 RM1,000 payments for electricity and water supply connection, and legal fees.

Penchant for penthouses 22/02/2003 The Star By THEAN LEE CHENG
IT is amazing what a simple push of a PH (penthouse) button on an elevator can represent. It is even more amazing, how much a small class of property purchasers in the country is willing to pay to get that elevated feeling.

City Hall flats flooded due to damaged roof  25/02/2003 MM
SEVEN families staying at the top floor of Block 33 of the five-storey City Hall flats in Cheras, had to sit through heavy rain and strong winds last Saturday, no thanks to cracks and holes on the roofs. The bad weather also left many trees uprooted in the vicinity of the flats in Jalan Jelawat 2.

Lawyer sought over RM500,000 cheating case 25/02/2003 NST
SEREMBAN, Mon. - Police are looking for a 47-year-old lawyer to assist in investigations into a cheating case involving RM500,000 in government housing loans. State Commercial Crimes chief Deputy Superintendent Ahmad Idrus Skymmar said Azizah Hassan used to run a firm, Azizah Hassan & Partners, at Komplek Negeri in Jalan Datuk Krishnan here.

Ministry ignoring breach of Strata Titles Act 25/02/2003 The Sun By Mana Strata Title?Kuala Lumpur
The issue of strata titles has become an unwanted baby which the Land and Cooperative Development Ministry seems reluctant to tackle despite numerous complaints.

CF lewat punca rumah dimasuki pencuri 26/02/2003 BH
SAYA, pembeli pangsapuri Riverdale Park (Blok J & K) Bukit Antarabangsa kesal dengan pemaju kerana gagal menyiapkan projek itu sejak lapan tahun lalu. Pada 20 Ogos 2001, pemaju menyerahkan kunci kepada pembeli tanpa sambungan keperluan asas iaitu air, elektrik dan CF kerana mereka tahu, tanpa keperluan itu, kami tidak mungkin menduduki pangsapuri itu.

Pembeli kondo tidak puas hati 27/02/2003 BH
SAYA mewakili pembeli kondominium Mas Kiara tidak puas hati dengan projek yang masih terbengkalai selama lapan tahun.

SPNB sets target to finish projects 27/02/2003 The Star
MINISTRY of Finance Inc company Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) is targeting to complete the 97 abandoned housing projects nationwide within the next two years.

 

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