Bigger role for town planners under new Ministry
BY Shahrim Tamrin The Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia or JPBD) will be given a more inclusive role and expanded functions under the rationalisation process of Federal Territories Ministry. “We will allow PLANMalaysia to play clearer role in terms of planning and development policies at micro level with... Read more
Sabah wants “quake proof” buildings
The East Malaysian state of Sabah will soon require all new buildings to be built on quake proof standards, says the local government. Sabah is said to be finalising a building code that will require new constructions to adhere to strict regulations in the future, following recent seismic activity... Read more
Sarawak needs lower priced housing for civil servants
State Assistant Minister for Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin believes that Sarawak is in urgent need of more low- and medium-cost housing projects to cater to civil servants. Lee said the federal government should expand its housing projects for civil servants by developing a higher volume of such units... Read more
Bumi property discounts stay, says Azmin
The confusion over whether bumiputera property discounts will be abolished or retained was cleared by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, confirming that there will be no change in the policy. He said the news on the standard prices for all races following the new guidelines only applies... Read more
Ease conditions for first-time buyers
Penang State Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo has urged Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to consider giving flexibility to first-time home buyers in repaying bank loans. He said banks should lower the amount of monthly installments for them during the first few years saying the repayment amount can be... Read more
Time to clamp down on residential death traps 
BY Pavither Sidhu The laws are in place, but because of the lack of enforcement, illegal home renovations are widespread and left largely unchecked, while residents continue to be ignorant of the hazardous situation they have put themselves in. In the current economic climate, more and more home owners... Read more