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Housing Ministry: Not true we only ‘compound’ errant developers 01/03/08 Property New Straits Times
The Housing and Local Government Ministry has denied allegations it only requires developers that break laws to pay monetary fines. The types of action by the ministry’s Monitoring and Enforcement Division, it said, are based on the nature of the offences committed.

More problems for flat owners 04/03/2008 New Straits Times
PETALING JAYA: Getting the keys, three years late, was not the end of problems for 130 families who bought units in the Antara Vista flats in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara.

A wait that is just too long 04/03/2008 The Star
IT is sad that while the Government is making efforts to improve services such as obtaining international passports in one day, having a one stop centre for registration of businesses and many others, there are some who are stuck in their comfort zones, for reasons best known only to them.

4,000 penghuni Larkin Perdana lega dapat CF 08/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh Khadijah Ibrahim
ABDUL Ghani Othman (tengah) menyampaikan Sijil Layak Menduduki (CF) kepada dua wakil penduduk sambil diperhatikan oleh Shahrir Abdul Samad (kanan) pada majlis ramah mesra bersama penduduk Larkin di Johor Bahru, kelmarin.

It’s hell instead of paradise 10/03/2008 The Star
I BOUGHT an apartment at Chogm Villa Langkawi for my retirement and as a escape from the English winters. I moved in in August 2006 and since that time whenever I come back to Chogm Villa it's like living on a building site.

Reprieve for buyers of Rhythm Avenue 11/03/2008 The Star By Lim Chia Ying
THE Rhythm Avenue service apartments in USJ 19 Subang Jaya received its certificate of fitness (CF) approval issued by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) recently.A ceremony to celebrate the handing over of block CF was held at the sixth floor of the building .

Cause of water woes pinpointed 13/03/2008 The Star
TAMAN Taynton View residents have been living day to day without knowing if they will have water supply since last month. And when water does trickle from the taps, most of the time, it is brown and dirty. Not only are the daily lives of the residents affected, small businesses in the area are also disrupted by the irregular water supply as they are not sure when they would be able to open shop.

How flat dwellers can cut water bills 14/03/2008 New Straits Times By Jennifer Gomez
KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly half a million apartment dwellers in the Klang Valley and Putrajaya are paying up to about 2.5 times more in water bills than they actually have to.

MPS pulih bangunan terbengkalai 15/03/2008 Utusan Online Oleh: HUSSAINI AMRAN
SEREMBAN 14 Mac - Dalam usaha untuk mencapai taraf bandar raya menjelang September 2009 ini, Majlis Perbandaran Seremban (MPS) telah menjalankan usaha pemulihan struktur bangunan komersial terbengkalai di bandar berkenaan. Yang Dipertua MPS, Datuk Abd. Halim Abd. Latif ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini berkata, MPS telah bertindak secara proaktif dengan menghubungi syarikat-syarikat pemaju terbabit dan berbincang dengan mereka tentang langkah-langkah penyelesaian yang boleh diambil.

House sellers' RM1 million goes missing 15/03/2008 New Straits Times By Fay Angela D'cruz
Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed with a photo of Manoharan Doraisamy, who can help police investigate 12 cheating cases. PETALING JAYA: A former legal assistant in a law firm here is believed to have disappeared with more than RM1 million belonging to clients.

Penduduk tidak jelas tunggakan, mesyuarat ditangguh 23 Mac 15/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia
AMPANG Hasrat penduduk Pangsapuri Riveria 2, di sini, untuk menubuhkan Badan Pengurusan Bersama (JMB) tidak kesampaian apabila kebanyakan daripada mereka masih belum menjelaskan tunggakan sehingga 31 Januari lalu.

The ‘M’ word 15/03/2008
The Star Bricks & Mortar By Teh Lip Kim
TOP quality maintenance is what distinguishes good developers from their lesser brethren. No one wants to live in a property that is shabby and where the security is lax and the common facilities don’t work as they should. Thus, when investing in a stratified property as well as in gated and guarded communities, always consider what the quality of its maintenance will be like.

Mais ruled out in land dispute 15/03/2008 The Star
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Religious Council (Mais) has failed in its application to intervene in a judicial review proceeding filed by 147 residents against the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) over a land matter.

Protecting the landowners 17/03/2008 The Star
HOLDING on to a piece of land title used to be the most secure way for landowners to state ownership of their properties. The situation has however turned wobbly lately with the implementation of the computerised e-Tanah system.

Jangan jadikan MBJB kambing hitam jika tidak dapat CF 17/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh Hamdan Tawadi
MOHD. Naim Nasir (dua dari kanan) menyerahkan replika kunci kepada salah seorang pembeli rumah kedai pada majlis penyerahan kunci Taman Setia Austin Fasa 2 di Johor Bahru, semalam.

A need to look at strata title issue 17/03/2008 The Star
IT IS time that the new Selangor State Government look into numerous complaints about land and strata titles in the state, as well as expediting approval for sale of properties with leasehold titles.

Penghuni mahu tindakan segera diambil 17/03/2008 Utusan Online
PUTRAJAYA 16 Mac - Penduduk Pangsapuri Mampu Milik Putra Damai di Presint 11 di sini mahu tindakan segera dan pemulihan kekal diambil terhadap kejadian banjir lumpur di kawasan itu agar ia tidak berulang. Mereka berkata, satu langkah pemulihan jangka masa panjang perlu dilaksanakan dengan kerjasama Perbadanan Putrajaya dan kerajaan Selangor bagi mengatasi masalah itu.

Khalid announces free household water and lopsided water deal 17/03/2008 By: V. Shankar Ganesh
SHAH ALAM, Mon: In his first Press conference as Selangor Mentri Besar today, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim made two key announcements: the first 20 cubic metres of water is free to all Selangor households from April, and the eve of polling day water treatment plant deal between Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd and Selangor Government is lopsided to the concessionaire’s advantage.

Ka Chuan hopes to do better than his brother 19/03/2008 New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-appointed Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Chuan vows to be an even better minister than his younger brother, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. Ka Chuan said this was not a personal attack on his brother but a desire to prove his detractors wrong.

Sudah puas kami mengadu – Penduduk 19/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh Siti Airunnisa Alaui
PANDAN PERDANA 18 Mac - Isu rumah terbengkalai, kediaman tidak selesa dan masalah kekurangan kemudahan awam di perumahan kos rendah dan projek perumahan rakyat sering kali disiarkan di media massa.

Ka Chuan: I tried to make Ka Ting change his mind 19/03/2008 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA secretary-general Datuk Ong Ka Chuan tried to dissuade his younger brother, party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, from recommending him for a Cabinet post.

Pihak berkuasa dirayu atasi masalah penduduk 21/03/2008 Utusan Online
JOHOR BAHRU 20 Mac – Seramai 180 penduduk di Jalan Soga, Taman Bukit Tiram di sini bimbang kejadian tanah runtuh dan jenayah pecah rumah yang sering berlaku di kawasan mereka akan menjejaskan keselamatan penduduk.

A professional crisis 23/03/2008 The Star Architecture Inside Out By Mohamad Tajudin Mohamad Rasdi
... Many of the architects I have quoted write to the media and produce books to propagate their ideas and engage in active criticism of what they consider poor quality architecture. In Malaysia? There is hardly a squeak from the architectural fraternity. The reason? Fear of reprisals. Fear of not getting any more projects. Fear of the municipality prolonging process of building approval. One architect said to me, “I will write when I have made my first million”. He is into his second million, but still not writing.

Ka Chuan keen to continue the good work 24/03/2008 The Star By Loong Meng Yee
PETALING JAYA: Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Chuan is hitting the ground running because he does not intend to be in office for more than two terms. “Ka Ting is my role model. If he stayed for two terms, I cannot stay longer. I inherited a good system, I must work harder and further strengthen the foundation,” said the new minister, the older brother of predecessor Ka Ting, the MCA party president.

MPT digesa segerakan kajian tanah runtuh 24/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh Ali Mahmood
MENTAKAB 23 Mac - Majlis Perbandaran Temerloh (MPT) digesa mempercepatkan hasil kajian tanah runtuh yang berlaku di Taman KSM di sini akhir tahun lalu bagi mengelakkan nyawa penduduk dan keselamatan rumah di kawasan itu terus terancam.

Ka Ting, Ka Chuan Make History In Office Hand-over 24/03/2008 Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 (Bernama) -- History was created today when a brother handed over his previous office as Minister of Housing and Local Government to his older brother.

Apartment owners in fear of eviction 25/03/2008 New Straits Times By By Lee Keng Fatt
GEORGE TOWN: The owners of 78 apartments in Jelutong face the possibility of eviction after a bank obtained a court order to auction their properties. The auction is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Ensuring clean water supply25/03/08 Zuhaila Sedek
There’s no pleasant way to say what might literally sound distasteful, but to come right out and say it: Due to an oversight in our laws, the water we consume from our taps could contain dust, rust, bacteria, fungus … and even worse.
The 10:90 trial goes on 25/03/08 NST-PROP By Zuhaila Sedek
House buyers anxious to know the fate of the 10:90 variant of the Build-Then-Sell (BTS) system will have to hold their breaths for a bit longer.
Shahrir To Look Into Abandoned Pacific Mall Project 25/03/2008 Bernama
JOHOR BAHARU, March 25 (Bernama) -- Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad has promised to look into the abandoned Pacific Mall building project located right at the heart of the city.

Penduduk terkejut dikenakan cagaran tambahan 26/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh Muhammad Dayne Azmin
KLANG 25 Mac – Sebahagian penduduk Bandar Putera di sini terkejut apabila menerima bil elektrik yang meminta mereka membayar cagaran tambah-an sehingga mencecah ribuan ringgit baru- baru ini.Apa yang menghairankan penduduk ialah jumlah yang dikenakan berbeza-beza antara penduduk sedangkan rumah mereka adalah dari jenis yang sama iaitu teres dua tingkat dan berada di kawasan yang sama.

Unit owners get reprieve 26/03/2006 The Star By Priscilla Dielenberg
PENANG: The owners of 64 apartment units at Taman Jelutong Jaya here have been given a temporary reprieve as their homes would not go under the hammer today. High Court Justice John Louis O’Hara yesterday granted a stay of execution on the auction, pending the hearing of an application to intervene a court order obtained by Public Bank Berhad on Sept 22, 2005 to auction off the units.

Land fraud cases took place in 2003, says CM 29/03/2008 The Star
PENANG: The “land improprieties” involving “tens and tens of millions of ringgit” here which is under probe by a special state exco committee occurred back in 2003, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. He said although the previous state administration and the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had completed investigation into the matter, the present administration was not happy with the outcome of the probe.
Free water from June 1 29/03/2008 The Star By Dharmender Singh
SHAH ALAM: Domestic consumers in Selangor who are using individual meters will start enjoying free usage of water for the first 20 cu m from June 1. Those whose supply is linked to bulk meters – including flat, apartment and condominium dwellers – will not enjoy the free water just yet.

Panel to probe land scam cases 29/03/2008 New Straits Times By Sharanjit Singh and Audrey Dermawan
GEORGE TOWN: The state government is not satisfied with the outcome of Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) investigations into alleged land scam cases in Penang. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government's special land investigative committee would conduct its own probe, which is expected to begin next week.

JB may join MRT network 29/03/2008 The Stat

JOHOR BARU: Talks are being held with Singapore to extend the republic's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system here.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said yesterday that the site of the 30-year-old Bukit Cagar flats, to be demolished in the next two weeks, had been slated for the proposed Johor MRT station.

15 bangunan terbengkalai dipulih 30/03/2008 Utusan Malaysia
JOHOR BAHRU 29 Mac – Kerajaan negeri akan memulihkan 15 bangunan perniagaan yang terbengkalai bagi merancakkan lagi kegiatan ekonomi di bandar raya Johor Bahru.

Unfair water pricing 31/03/2008 The Star
FREE water from June 1 (The Star, March 29) brings great news to Selangor consumers. However, the second paragraph of the report (Those whose supply is linked to bulk meters – including flat, apartment and condominium dwellers – will not enjoy the free water just yet) is of great concern.

 

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