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Give house buyers a fair deal 01/11/2003 MB
HOW sure are you that the progressive payments you have been faithfully making to the housing developer to construct your house are safe? Well, you can't really be sure, going by the experience of some disgruntled house buyers of late. Recently, buyers of an abandoned project in the Klang Valley were up in arms against a developer. Reason: While their particular project had been abandoned, the developer continued to launch and sell houses in a new project in that particular housing estate. They have appealed to the relevant authorities to look into their plight.

Ministry gets tips on duty to buyers 01/11/2003 The Sun By Arion Yeow
Kuala Lumpur: The House Buyers Association has asked the Housing and Local Government Ministry to take pro-active steps to safeguard the interests of Sentul Indah house buyers.

'Abdullah will be another strong leader'  01/11/2003 MM By Suraya Pauzi
NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations (NGOs) feel that new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would be another strong Malaysian leader.

Early hearing date for Tribunal appeal 01/11/2003 NST-PROP By Nicholas Mun
The appeal against the High Court decision that the Tribunal for Homebuyer Claims has no retrospective jurisdiction is expected to be heard either next month or in January next year.

Beyond the queue 01/11/2003 NST-PROP
IT might seem strange that despite all the talk about housing oversupply and competition for buyers among developers these days, people still have to queue up to buy a residential property. Nevertheless, stories of prospective buyers lining up for days in the hope they can walk away with a prized piece of real estate isn't unusual, especially if it is deemed "hot". Do the snaking queues indicate a real lack of good quality projects in desirable addresses, which might point to the fact that landing a deal also means owning a property with the promise of strong capital appreciation? Or is the manner in which a developer makes its units available to the masses - by asking them to queue up - just a big show to draw attention to itself, at the expense of its future customers?

House Buyers Must Hire Their Own Lawyers, Says Kayveas 02/11/2003
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) - The Government plans to review the present system to allow house buyers to hire their own lawyers instead of relying on housing developers' panel of lawyers. The Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department, Datuk M. Kayveas, said the move was important as the Government had received numerous complaints from buyers who were forced to engage developers' or banks' panel of lawyers.

Sentul Indah house buyers want developer prosecuted 03/11/2003 The Sun
Petaling Jaya: The Sentul Indah house buyers are furious at the Housing and Local Government Ministry for not doing more to protect their rights.

PKNP berusaha percepat projek 03/11/2003 BH
PERBADANAN Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) prihatin terhadap aduan AZZAM B, dari Kuching, Sarawak disiarkan pada 27 Oktober lalu bertajuk "PKNP tidak jelas bayaran projek". Untuk makluman, projek di Taman Kamunting Bakti, Taiping telah terlewat jadual disebabkan kontraktor terbabit menghadapi masalah dalaman.

Builders gifted with licence to make killing 03/11/2003 The Sun By Angie C.K.Ng, Kuala Lumpur
I fully agree with Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng's voice for the masses who have been cheated by unscrupulous developers (Letters, Oct 27).

Law makes fools of buyers 03/11/2003 The Sun By S.H.Huang, Kuala Lumpur
Scrap the Housing Tribunal! It is a waste of time and gives false hopes to house buyers. The Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) clearly spells out that non-delivery on the stipulated date means a penalty for the developer. Why can't the Housing and Local Government Ministry enforce the law?

Beware of crooks, house buyers told 04/11/2003 The Star By Mazwin Nik Anis
JOHOR BARU: Buyers have been warned about crooks who are out to cheat them by claiming that they can help them buy a low-cost house for a fee of RM5,000.

Rates cut for residents of new high-rise buildings 03/11/2003 The Star ESTHER CHANDRAN at the AMPANG JAYA MUNICIPAL COUNCIL Full Board Meeting
THOSE moving into new apartments, condominiums and flats in Ampang Jaya are entitled to a 20% discount off their assessment rates.

Developer’s project halted due to failure to build ramp 04/11/2003 The Star
THE council has rejected an application by the developer of Bandar Mahkota Cheras to proceed with the project which has completed its eighth phase of development.

House buyers like guardian less orphans 04/11/2003 The Sun Justice Mana? Petaling Jaya
WITH the large number of problems facing unlucky house buyers appearing in the media, and the attitude of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government concerning the unresolved issues, I am tempted to question if the ministry concerned is the proper channel for raising these problems.

Pay late delivery fees in full: Buyers 05/11/2003 The Sun By Arion Yeow
Kuala Lumpur: Angry purchasers of the Bandar Mahkota Cheras housing project are gathering to demand full payment for the late delivery (LAD) of their homes. The house buyers said the developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd which is a subsidiary of Lion Group Holdings told them to accept half the LAD when they went to collect their keys.

Still no strata title after 28 years 05/11/2003 MM
D of Subang Jaya is unhappy about not getting the strata title for his Sime UEP flat of 28 years. "We have not paid the maintenance fees because no strata title has been given to us.

Risau dinding rumah runtuh 05/11/2003 HM
SAYA adalah pembeli rumah di Bandar Baru Kuantan Putri, Sungai Koi, Kuantan, Pahang dan sepanjang pengetahuan saya, kawasan perumahan besar ini di atas tanah kerajaan negeri serta dimajukan pihak swasta. Pada mulanya, saya begitu gembira dan bertuah kerana dapat memiliki rumah sendiri selepas sekian lama menyewa, tambahan pula usaha sama pembinaan kawasan perumahan itu antara kerajaan negeri.

Kayveas: Hold regular fire drills, prevention events 05/11/2003 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Owners and operators of high-rise buildings, especially condominiums, apartments and hotels, have been advised to carry out regular fire drills and fire prevention campaigns. Making the call today, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk M. Kayveas said there was a large number of expatriates living in condominiums, apartments and hotels and they contributed towards the tourist and foreign revenue for the country.

Seek help of housing ministry: CAP 05/11/2003 MM
OWNERS of the semi-detached homes at Lengkok Merbah in Taman Sri Bayan, Bayan Lepas have been urged to form a committee and lodge an official complaint to the Housing Ministry over the project developer's refusal to entertain their complaints. Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) legal advisor M.S Kumaari said the purchasers should set up a representative group and compile evidence to be presented to the Ministry.

Board of Engineers gets more teeth  05/11/2003 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - The Board of Engineers will have more teeth from Monday with the enforcement of new regulations allowing closer monitoring of errant engineers and projects. The Registration of Engineers Regulations (Amendment) 2003 will also see the establishment of multi-disciplined consultancies or corporations involving engineers, architects and surveyors.

Rumah tidak ikut pelan asal 10/11/2003 HM
KLANG: Kira-kira 100 penduduk Taman Andalas Jaya, Fasa 3, dekat sini mendakwa ditipu pemaju perumahan mereka terutama selepas mendapati kediaman mereka dibina tidak mengikut pelan dan spesifikasi asal ditetapkan. Selain itu, mereka juga hairan bagaimana sijil layak menduduki (CF) projek itu diluluskan sedangkan pelan serta binaan fizikal yang dilakukan melanggar syarat seperti terkandung dalan pelan dan Surat Perjanjian Jual Beli.

Strengthen clause to protect house buyers 10/11/2003 The Star By KC Lim, Perak
I refer to your report, "Insurance plan for house buyers proposed", (The Star, Oct 17).

Call to reclassify Bumi properties 11/11/2003 NST
THE State Government has been urged to consider a proposal whereby a property, sold under the Bumiputera quota, automatically assumes a status under the "international lot" upon the completion of the sale and purchase agreement. Baharom Abdul Ghani (BN-Tanjung Kupang) said this was necessary to ensure the marketability of Bumiputera property.

Check Our Books, Builder Tells Apartment Buyers 13/11/2003 The Sun
PETALING JAYA: The developer of a 20 year-old housing project has responded to allegations of bad maintenance and strata title delays by telling its purchasers to inspect its maintenance account and collect their strata titles.

Pemaju nafi gagal beri khidmat terbaik   15/11/2003 BH-TGH
KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat pemaju perumahan Seksyen Bukit Beruntung 7 (BB7) menolak dakwaan pihaknya gagal menunaikan tanggungjawab sosial untuk memberi perkhidmatan terbaik kepada penduduk di kawasan berkenaan. Naib Presiden pemaju perumahan, Europlus Corporation Sdn Bhd, Micheal Khor dalam kenyataan kepada Berita Harian, berkata melalui rekod syarikat itu, semua aduan penduduk di kawasan berkenaan ketika Tempoh Tanggungan Kecacatan (DLP) sudah ditangani.

Ensure developers don’t flout agreement 15/11/2003 The Star By MICHAEL, Subang Jaya.(via e-mail) 
I WRITE in support of K.C. Lim, “Strengthen clause to protect house buyers”, (The Star, Nov 10).  The proposed insurance plan for house buyers is not the solution.

Masalah Taman Hulu Langat Jaya ditangani 15/11/2003 HM
HULU LANGAT: Timbalan Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad berjanji membantu menyelesaikan masalah sekumpulan pembeli rumah di Taman Hulu Langat Jaya dengan pihak pemaju. Dr Zainal yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Kawasan Dusun Tua berkata, pihaknya akan membawa aduan Jawatankuasa Bertindak Pembeli Rumah Taman Hulu Langat Jaya (JBPRTHLJ) kepada pemaju untuk mendapatkan gambaran sebenar masalah yang dihadapi.

Builders told not to 'bully 'house buyers 15/11/2003 Daily Express
Kota Kinabalu: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Mohd Salleh Tun Said has called on housing developers to respect the sensitivities of their customers.

Penang CPO: Don’t act beyond the law The Star 17/11/2003
Police warned property managers of an apartment complex against intimidating residents to make them pay maintenance fees.

Strata titles for highrise folk 18/11/2003 The Star
RESIDENTS living at the Sri Abadi apartments in Sungai Ara, Penang, can expect to get their strata titles within seven months, UIS Development Sdn Bhd advisor Ramli Omar said. The company had already submitted the application for strata titles to the Land Office some time ago and was now waiting for approval, Ramli said at a press conference called by the apartments’ residents association.

No electricity, no water supply 18/11/2003 MM
* CHEONG of Sungai Buloh is upset that there is still no electricity and water supply to his new house in Saujana Damansara even after he had received the keys on Oct 18. According to him, he had called the developer Maxisegar Sdn Bhd on several occasions, but was told that the matter was still in the process.

Survey on IWK charges 20/11/2003 The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR: A public survey on sewerage charges imposed by Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) is being conducted by the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM).The survey, launched yesterday, is open to ACCCIM members and non-members nationwide.

Businesses unhappy over IWK charges 20/11/2003 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly a decade after Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) took over the country's sewerage management, disagreement over charges remain a thorny issue for the business community with some owing hills running into hundreds of thousand ringgit.

Errant builders lose low-cost housing land 20/11/2003 The Star
SHAH ALAM: Three developers who failed to implement low--cost housing projects have had their land confiscated by the Selangor government.The state assembly was told yesterday that these developers had failed to undertake the projects due to financial constraints.

Proposal on reclassifying Bumi properties not practical NST 21/11/2003 By MOHD ZULKIFLI UMAR, Segamat
Nov 21:  I REFER to the suggestion by State Assemblyman Baharum Abdul Ghani that Bumiputera houses be reclassified as “International” upon completion of the sale and purchase agreement (NST, Nov 11). This is so like many of us Bumiputeras — we keep demanding more and more.

Condo folk hold peaceful protest 21/11/2003 Malay Mail
THE Desa Kiara Owners and Residents Association (DKORA) carried out a peaceful protest over the proposed graveyard at Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, adjacent to their condominium.

100 pembeli kecewa rumah retak, bocor 21/11/2003 BH-TGH
KLANG: Kira-kira 100 pembeli rumah Taman Andalas Jaya, Fasa 3 mendakwa menjadi mangsa sikap tidak bertanggungjawab pemaju apabila mendapati kediaman mereka dibina tidak mengikut pelan dan spesifikasi asal, sehingga ada di antaranya retak dan bocor.

Selangor to review low-cost housing policy  22/11/2003 NST-PROP
Admitting there are "a good number of low-cost houses" in Selangor that have not been sold because of "distance and lower level of economic activity", the State Government said it will revise its policy on the building of such units by private developers. "It is time we changed the policy requiring 30 per cent low-cost housing in developments, especially in areas where there is low demand," said State Executive Councillor in charge of Housing and Local Government, Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad Dahalan.

Check first, pay later  23/11/2003 NST-PROP By Akbal Singh Sandhu
Before releasing progress payments, financial institutions should inspect project sites to verify physical progress

One-stop centres for CFs The Star 23/11/2003 By Celeste Fong
KUALA LUMPUR: One-stop centres for the application of certificates of fitness for occupation (CFO) must be set up by Dec 1, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

MPAJ to adopt new procedures in CF applications 23/11/2003  NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council will, on Dec 1, be the first local council in the country to adopt the new procedures in issuing certificates of fitness (CF).

House Buyers Must Hire Their Own Lawyers, Says Kayveas 24/11/2003
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) - The Government plans to review the present system to allow house buyers to hire their own lawyers instead of relying on housing developers' panel of lawyers.

Residents want state to help get strata titles for flats 24/11/2003 The Star
IPOH: Bercham low-cost flat residents want the state government to help them get their strata titles as the developer has been placed under receivership.

Monitoring mechanism sought for quality homes 25/11/2003 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, MON. - The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association wants a monitoring mechanism to ensure developers build quality homes.

Selfish owners holding back CF 25/11/2003 MM
ALL because of some selfish buyers who had renovated their new apartments before the certificate of fitness (CF) was issued, buyers like GOH who goes by the rules are unable to get the CF.

Group says no to certifying architects 25/11/2003 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The National House Buyers Association (HBA) is against the prospect of allowing architects to certify approved building plans but it welcomes the move to eradicate bureaucracy.

Fit protection for house buyers 26/11/2003 NST
Nov 26:  FOR most people, buying a home is one of life’s biggest decisions. Sadly, for too many of them, it can be a frustrating experience.

Quality will not suffer, says Ka Ting 27/11/2003 The Star By Foong Pek Yee and Clarence Chua
KUALA LUMPUR: Applications for certificates of fitness for occupation (CFO) for houses are to be vetted by the one-stop centre and approved by the respective local authority from Monday.

Most projects can be rescued, says ministry 28/11/2003 The Star
MIRI: The majority of abandoned housing projects in the country can be successfully rescued and revived and their reconstruction completed in about one year.


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