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CHANG KIM LOONG

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Recent and archived articles by CHANG KIM LOONG

One abandoned housing project too many

31 December 2016

A total of 134 abandoned private housing projects were recorded in Peninsular Malaysia between 2013 and November, 2016, according to Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique in reply to a question in Dewan Negara Dec 6, 2016. She said the number included 26 abandoned projects this year.

Making it legal

3 December 2016

Addressing the issue of unsanctioned extensions to the kitchen, porch and upper rear floor

HBA wants the BTS model for affordable houses

15 October 2016

SHOULDN’T buyers of affordable houses be given more protection? Do they have lawyers to advise them? And act for them in court against dishonest developers? Are they expected to spend a lot of money pursuing their interests and entitlement?

Compliance cost driving prices up

24 September 2016

YOU may recall from my earlier article that was published in my column titled: “Affordable Housing: How to own it?” that the National House Buyers Association (HBA) was invited to present a paper to the Finance Ministry and we offered 10 pertinent proposals with the view towards affordable housing. This article will continue with the rest of the proposals.

Affordable housing: How to own it?

3 September 2016

THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) acknowledges the challenges faced by our Prime Minister in tabling Budget 2017 in view of the slowdown in the global and regional economies and also the weaker ringgit.

Not all apartments are the same

23 July 2016

CALL them what you like – small office home office (Soho), small office flexi office, small office versatile office, condotel, hotel suite or butler serviced apartment.

Purchasers’ risk in progressive payment

4 June 2016

THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) has complained to the Minister and those under his charge about purchasers becoming victims when they lose their homes as a result of foreclosure proceedings taken against them by banks to recover loans taken by developers secured by purchasers’ houses bought from the same developers, because the said developers did not settle the loans taken by them.

Downside of interest bearing scheme

23 April 2016

EVERY now and then some quarters will accept developers’ mantra to re-introduce the Developers Interest Bearing Scheme (DIBS). It should be noted that Bank Negara had prohibited and outlawed “any form of interest capitalisation scheme”. The economic downturn is seen as a fresh opportunity for DIBS to be reconsidered. This time around, it’s only for “first time house buyers”.

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