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Old August 22nd, 2009, 07:57 AM   #321
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Sime Darby Property’s mega plans to build wholesome townships
Saturday August 22, 2009 By ANGIE NG
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The Sime Darby Idea House is a socially, economically, and environmentally
responsive prototype dwelling that provides an insight into future tropical living.


SINCE taking over the helm of Sime Darby Property Bhd a year ago, managing director Datuk Tunku Badlishah Tunku Annuar has been busy crafting up strategic plans to build on the company’s strength as a formidable local and international property player.

The mega merger of Sime Darby Bhd, Kumpulan Guthrie Bhd and Golden Hope Plantations Bhd in 2007 has created the country’s largest property group in terms of landbank and ongoing developments.

“The merger has allowed us to put in place strategic transformation initiatives to enhance operational efficiency as well as establish strategies for sustainable growth,” Tunku Badlishah says in a recent interview with StarBizWeek.

Following the merger in November 2007, priority was placed on establishing a Target Operating Model by July 1, 2008. This entailed a complete review of the organisation structure and operating processes by adopting best practices within the merged entities and re-engineering the organisation to best deliver the strategies and synergies expected from the merger.

For example, previously sales, marketing and customer service functions were centralised in the corporate headquarters. In an effort to improve the customer service and better understand the market, township offices have been established in each of the company’s ten townships. These offices are helmed by a township head with independent sales, marketing and customer service operations.

Tunku Badlishah says a comprehensive review was also undertaken of the existing development plans for each of the townships and where possible, products and development phases were replanned to enhance development value.

“Efforts were made to identify and execute projects that could increase the marketability of the townships for the benefit of existing and future residents,” he says.

As an example, he says Phase 5T in Putra Heights was originally planned as a typical terraced housing project consisting of 22’ x 75’ and 24’ x 75’ houses with about 500 units on 57 acres of land and an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM275mil.

Taking into consideration its location at one of the most strategic areas in Putra Heights, The Glades has been re-planned as a premium gated development with meandering waterways and an exclusive lakeside club house with an adjacent retail complex – features that will enhance the project value and attract high-end buyers to the development.



Scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2010, The Glades product mix totaling 409 units includes bungalows, cluster villas, courtyard homes and two-blocks luxury condominiums with an estimated GDV of RM700mil, a 250% increase compared to the original plan.

Sime Darby Property has also pioneered a comprehensive Safe City agenda for its Ara Damansara township in its continuous efforts to create a safer living environment for its communities.

Launched by Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on July 21, the initiatives are based on the Safe City criteria set by the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

Tunku Badlishah says the success of Sime Darby Property’s township projects so far show the merged entity has been well accepted by the public.

“Buyers are buying into the company’s reputation as a reliable developer with quality projects in good locations, innovative products and wholesome living environment.”

Having a common marketing platform such as the Parade of Homes Series, allows for the promotion of the company’s ten townships under a single initiative.

“We are constantly looking at innovative ways on how to assist potential homebuyers make their home ownership dream a reality. One of our most successful marketing initiatives is the Parade of Homes Series which was launched in June last year.

“The overwhelming response from homebuyers to the three campaigns so far exceeded our expectations. It is an indication that despite concerns over the economic climate, home ownership remains a priority among Malaysians.

“We just need to come up with out-of–the-box marketing ideas to give them the confidence to make that decision to purchase,” he adds.

Its latest Parade of Homes from March 6 to June 15 managed to record sales of 1,657 housing units worth more than RM1bil, by far the highest sales since its first launch last year.

“It is a major accomplishment given the weak economic environment that has negatively impacted the property industry,” Badlishah says.

Post merger, the company has also given top priority to research and development innovation.

Tunku Badlishah believes the future success of the company is dependent on its ability to create desirable, innovative and environmentally-friendly products by establishing new typologies, utilising new materials and construction methodologies and collaborating with cutting-edge technology providers.

Synergistic operational efficiency in research and development, product innovation and marketing will ensure the merged Sime Darby Property becomes a leading industry player in product offerings and sales going forward.

“One of the key initiatives of the year is the Sime Darby Idea House where we are showcasing the latest in construction solution, system applications which will be an example of how green architecture, good design and sustainable living can work harmoniously.

“The Sime Darby Idea House is a socially, economically, and environmentally responsive prototype dwelling that provides an insight into future tropical living.

“Conceived as a test bed for new ideas, the house showcases the latest in sustainable architecture in the buildings’ quest to become the first carbon zero residence in South East Asia,” says Tunku Badlishah.

Sharing his passion for the project, Badlishah says the Idea House will be a self sustaining building that generates power from the sun, reuse harvested rain water and is built entirely on the principle of modular construction where the user would be able to expand and contract the building as the need arises.

The entire frame and construction is modular to provide not only a speed and ease of construction, but also the ability for the house to be demounted in the future in order to preserve the terrain for future generations or future development.

Another initiative is The R&D Village which is a 20-acre experiment facility to be located in Elmina East.

Tunku Badlishah says the facility will be the testing platform to analyse various performance aspects of the company’s latest prototype designs.

“Working closely with our vendors and suppliers, the R&D Village will test and demonstrate new building products, construction technologies and system applications to the public in order to evaluate the response of the market.

“What we hope to offer to our partners is an opportunity to test and showcase products that have not been available or generally associated with regular home offerings,” he further explains.

He says the merger has allowed Sime Darby Property to take advantage of its increased scale by negotiating better terms with its vendors for the benefit of purchasers.

Significant cost savings and quality improvements have been achieved through identification of preferred vendors and negotiating pricing based on estimated annual requirements.

“Sime Darby Property is giving preference to vendors whose manufacturing process and products are “green” and “sustainable”.

“Quality has been enhanced as contractors are required to utilise specialist installers/applicators nominated by the preferred vendors and the product warranties are issued directly by the manufacturer to the purchaser,” he elaborates.

So far, the new procurement initiative has resulted in savings of up to 20% on certain building materials.

Tunku Badlishah says construction costs have also been reduced by combining construction contracts that are within the same location, as it has resulted in significant savings on the cost of preliminaries and mobilisation.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #322
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Fock Wah bangun perumahan mewah

KUANTAN 23 Ogos - Syarikat pemaju perumahan, Fock Wah Development Sdn. Bhd. sedang memajukan tanah seluas 4.22 hektar bagi membangunkan kediaman mewah dikenali Forest & Hill di Bukit Pelindung di sini.

Pengarah Eksekutif syarikat itu, Yap Chen Yee berkata, projek tersebut melibatkan pembinaan 52 buah rumah mewah berharga antara M938,000 hingga RM1.45 juta.

Beliau berkata, pembinaan projek itu yang dibuat dengan kerjasama Rankaian Delima Sdn. Bhd. membabitkan dua fasa dengan pembinaan fasa pertama dimulakan pada pertengahan tahun lalu manakala fasa kedua dijangka bermula pertengahan tahun depan.

"Bagi fasa pertama, sebanyak 18 unit rumah berkembar dan 16 unit banglo berangkai telah dibina dan dijangka siap akhir tahun hadapan," katanya di sini, baru-baru ini.

Che Yee yang enggan menyatakan kos projek berkata, setakat ini sebanyak 18 unit rumah mewah itu telah ditempah oleh pembeli dan dijangka boleh diduduki akhir tahun depan.

Tambahnya, dengan mempunyai ciri-ciri kediaman eksklusif dan terletak di tepi bukit berhampiran hutan simpan Beserah serta tidak jauh dari Pantai Teluk Chempedak, kediaman itu yang turut mementingkan aspek keselamatan, menjanjikan satu kelainan kepada pemiliknya.

"Bakal pembeli pasti tidak akan kecewa dengan membuat pelaburan membeli rumah di Forest & Hill. Ini kerana, kami turut mementingkan kelainan dalam aspek seni bina dan rekaan dalaman rumah yang cukup elegen," katanya.

Jelasnya, untuk menambah lagi keunikan rumah tersebut, pembeli diberi pilihan bagi mereka bentuk sendiri dalaman rumah sekali gus menepati ciri-ciri rumah impian mereka.

"Pembinaan projek ini bagi berharap ia dapat membentuk satu mercu tanda kepada bandar ini dan juga di kalangan pembeli-pembeli yang mementingkan rumah berkualiti di tengah kehidupan bandar," katanya.
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Keunggulan hartanah Emerald Rawang

Oleh KHADIJAH MOHAMAD NOR
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ANTARA rumah contoh yang terdapat di Emerald Rawang.

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TERLETAK di atas tanah pegangan bebas seluas 404 hektar, projek pembangunan hartanah Emerald Rawang ternyata mempunyai keistimewaan tersendiri.

Ia terbahagi kepada dua kawasan, Emerald East dan Emerald West dengan sebuah jambatan menghubungkan antara Timur dan Barat. Bandar ini meliputi pembangunan yang terdiri daripada pelbagai jenis kediaman termasuk tasik buatan untuk pemandangan mendamaikan.

Antara projek kediaman yang ditawarkan di Emerald Rawang adalah rumah teres, kluster, rumah berkembar serta banglo mewah.

Sehingga kini, terdapat 700 buah rumah telah siap dibina di Emerald East dan dijual kepada pembeli dengan hasil jualan RM147 juta. Sebanyak 600 buah rumah di Emerald West pula berjaya dijual dengan perolehan RM121 juta.



RUMAH berkembar menyerlahkan gaya hidup moden.

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Bagi melancarkan segala urusan berkaitan aktiviti jualan, perhubungan antara pelanggan dan mempamerkan kemajuan projek pembangunan yang dijalankan, Emerald Rawang turut menyiapkan galeri jualannya kira-kira dua bulan lalu.

Emerald Rawang merupakan projek usahasama antara GuocoLand (Malaysia) Berhad dan Hong Bee Land Sdn. Bhd. GuocoLand Malaysia bertindak sebagai pemaju serta pengurus projek.

Menurut Pengarah Eksekutif GuocoLand Malaysia, Chan Chee Meng, galeri pameran tersebut yang dibina di kawasan Emerald West akan menjadi satu wadah untuk pelanggan menerima maklumat terkini mengenai bandar tersebut.

Malah, pelanggan juga boleh berbincang dengan kakitangan Emerald mengenai soal pemilikan rumah, termasuklah nasihat tentang pinjaman perumahan serta khidmat lepas jualan.

"Secara keseluruhannya, Emerald Rawang merupakan satu projek yang mewakili visi GuocoLand Malaysia dalam membina dan melestarikan komuniti. Ia merupakan satu tempat idaman untuk keluarga yang ingin hidup dalam persekitaran persendirian tanpa kesesakan jalan raya.

"Kini, kawasan yang berhampiran dengan pusat bandar semakin padat. Rawang juga berada di kedudukan yang strategik dan hanya mengambil masa 15 minit untuk perjalanan dari tol Jalan Duta.

"Apa yang penting, hartanah yang jauh dari bandar lebih mampu untuk dimiliki. Tambahan pula, kemudahan laluan juga amat baik kerana Emerald terletak hanya beberapa minit dari tol Rawang di Lebuh Raya Utara Selatan yang membolehkan seseorang untuk sampai ke mana-mana kawasan Lembah Kelang dengan mudah," ujarnya dalam satu majlis bersama media di Kuala Lumpur baru-baru ini.



REKAAN dalaman rumah lebih berkonsepkan moden kontemporari.

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Tambah Chee Meng, pihaknya masih dalam proses meningkatkan lagi persekitaran bandar secara keseluruhan. Misalnya dengan mewujudkan lebih banyak kawasan rekreasi seperti trek joging di tepi tasik, taman untuk permainan layang-layang dan beberapa aktiviti riadah yang lain.

Tidak ketinggalan, pihak pemaju turut menyediakan sebuah padang golf sembilan lubang yang direka oleh Ronald Fream sebagai tarikan kepada golongan yang meminatinya.



LAPANGAN golf sembilan lubang turut disediakan bagi memenuhi keperluan penduduk.

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Lapangan golf tersebut dijangka mula beroperasi menjelang suku keempat tahun ini. Ronald Fream pernah mereka bentuk padang-padang golf yang berjaya meraih anugerah di Amerika Syarikat (AS), Eropah dan sekitar Asia.

Antaranya, padang golf terkenal di Malaysia seperti Saujana, Palm Resort di Johor, Bangi Golf Resort, Bukit Unggul dan Kelab Darul Ehsan.

"Pihak GuocoLand Malaysia memilih padang golf sembilan lubang kerana mahu mempromosikan cara permainan yang menyeronokkan, mudah serta tidak terlalu memberi tekanan pada fizikal," jelas Chee Meng lagi.

Sementara itu, satu lagi projek pembangunan besar yang bakal diusahakan di Emerald Rawang adalah pembinaan sebuah sekolah rendah Cina.

Apabila siap sepenuhnya dalam tempoh dua tahun lagi, sekolah itu akan mempunyai 36 bilik darjah dan pelbagai kemudahan pelajaran termasuk satu blok pentadbiran.

Sekolah itu akan dapat menampung 2,000 murid. Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Emerald merupakan salah satu daripada enam sekolah baru di seluruh negara yang diluluskan oleh Kementerian Pelajaran.

Kota Emerald berada di lokasi yang tidak jauh dari bandar Rawang dan nadi komersialnya. Sebagai sebuah bandar yang bertapak kukuh, Rawang mempunyai segala kemudahan penting seperti bank, pejabat pos, restoran, pasar raya besar dan stesen komuter.
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Developers foray into boutique development
By EDY SARIF


THE concept of boutique developments is fast becoming an attraction in the property market nowadays.

Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd managing director Chow Chee Wah says usually, the design of a boutique development is for the middle to high-end housing, catering to a special targeted niche market that has a discerning taste and appreciation for resort lifestyle living.

“Gamuda Land has a few boutique developments, namely Valencia in Sungai Buloh, Jade Hills in Kajang and Madge Mansions in Kuala Lumpur. Both of these landed developments – Valencia and Jade Hills – are within the 300-acre range, while Madge Mansions, our high-end condominium is on 2.16 acres,” he says in an email.

Chow defines Gamuda Land’s concept of a boutique development as one with a low density ratio and a host of other Oooomph! factors.

“It has to be very exclusive, very private with top security features in placed. Added to that is the ambience and this includes a host of criteria – quality products, safety and security, tranquil environment, well-equipped facilities, status and class, and a good return on investment, he says.

He says Gamuda Land first ventured into boutique developments in the year 2000 with Valencia.

“This luxurious project became the first boutique development in Malaysia with a private 9-hole residents’ golf course and country club. Valencia soon became a much sought after address because it offers the perfect combination of living in a landed property with condominium living facilities.

“It is a private, exclusive development within an environment equipped with the best resort facilities for a healthy and secure living lifestyle,” he says.

Facilities and ambience aside, Chow says a boutique development is also about location. It has to be a prime address that an owner will be proud of.

“It is about being a class above others,” he says.

“Gamuda Land decided to undertake this type of projects because we saw a growing demand and need for it. In urban areas, especially in the Klang Valley, the growing population of the affluent and elite group are looking for residences that meet their needs and desires for fine resort living.

“Valencia and Jade Hills testify to our success in this boutique home category. More than 60% of Valencia purchasers are repeat buyers. Thirty percent of Valencia’s residents today are expatriates, a large majority of them are Europeans. This means our boutique developments have become prime investments,” he says.

Because developers saw the popularity of boutique properties, they are now beginning to offer boutique commercial developments.

IRDK Land Sdn Bhd director Datuk Kevin Woo says such developments are not a trend but a need as the market evolves.

“The difference between boutique commercial developments and other commercial developments is the concept and setting of the development. It gels the business with lifestyle elements by providing and facilities,” he says.

The company is developing a boutique commercial development called Alam Avenue in Shah Alam, comprising 51 commercial units on three-storey intermediate shop offices and five-storey corner and end units.

“The ground floor will have a floor to ceiling height of 4.5 metres (15 feet). It will be generously fitted with high quality zinc aluminium roller shutters of 10 feet high to give maximum advertising and showroom presence.

These shops will have generous 17-feet verandas and walkways frontage to accommodate alfresco dining and cafes. They will be tiled luxuriously with homogenous floor tiles. Decorative light fittings will be installed at the walkways to enhance the ambience and to exude on easy flamboyant lifestyle where business and leisure meet in a quaint setting,” he says.

The gross development value of the project is about RM100mil. It is scheduled to be completed by December next year.
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Ecohome DIY
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One architect has devised ways to make his linkhouse more liveable in the tropical heat.

DARK and stuffy – that’s what most linkhouses are. So families are left with little choice but to keep lights on, even during the day, and the air-conditioning perpetually running. This can send their carbon footprints bloating.

Architect Clement Wong feels that Malaysians need not live that way and to prove it, he has renovated a typical linkhouse to include various design elements that can raise the comfort level up several notches. The result is that his 22 x 85 feet (6.6 x 25.5m) double-storey linkhouse in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, is surprisingly bright and airy.


Model house: Architect Clement Wong and his wife Grace Soh, in front of the linkhouse which they are renovating as a green building.

“The house is 30 years old and so needed a bit of work. I took the opportunity to look back at the fundamentals of a good design and incorporate them. This is a green home DIY. I had a lot of cost considerations, so I did not put in fancy green things but just went back to basics.”

Going back to fundamentals meant Wong had two aims: promote cross-ventilation and tap natural lighting.

“To cool buildings in the tropics, we need cross-ventilation and shade from the scorching sun. It is easy to get cross-ventilation. You just need two openings in a room. If there is only one opening, the room is air-locked.”

So in his house, Wong made sure that no walls obstructed the kitchen from the living hall. This allows constant airflow through the house.

He had chosen the house, which doubled up as his office, for its north-south orientation which maximises natural lighting. To brighten the interiors, he punctured the ceiling with skylights. Tastefully designed to blend into the architecture, these 25cm-wide openings have tough laminated glass covers to ensure security. Through these slits in the ceiling, sunlight floods the kitchen, dining area and stairs landing.

“There is no need to turn on a single light in the daytime,” Wong proclaims proudly. In addition to that, narrow gaps just beneath the glass covers of the skylights allow hot air to escape, which further cools the house.

The pride of the house has to be its green roof. It is a welcome oasis from the busy road outside and the surrounding hot roof tops. This secret space is perfect for Wong’s wife Grace Soh to do yoga and son Ernest to run around. Wong created a 6m by 3m space for the roof garden simply by shrinking the roof and making it slope sideways.

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“The green roof is nice-looking and cools down the building dramatically. The roof has to be as light as possible so I mixed polystyrene crumbs with the soil to reduce the weight,” explains Wong.

To conserve water, he installed a simple rain harvesting system. Gutters divert rainwater from the roof into a storage tank. The water is then piped into three gardens. So not a single drop is wasted. Concerns over acid rain which can corrode the piping system, however, deterred Wong from using rainwater in the bathrooms (for flushing).

To keep the carbon footprint of the house small, Wong left the bathroom walls bare and not tiled up. His eagerness to put discarded stuff to good use is seen all over the house. The floors are not paved over with tiles but a composite made of white cement and marble and granite chips (such as those used for potted plants). Polished to a high shine, the effect is like terrazzo flooring.

“The stone chips are something that people won’t use otherwise,” says Wong.

Instead of buying new plywood for formwork (mould), he used salvaged roofing material – and got interesting results, in the form of corrugated walls. The kitchen cabinets were salvaged from a renovation project he did. All they needed were a fresh coat of paint and new handles to look good.

Use of waste is again seen in the front gate perimeter wall. “I told the contractor to bring any stones he can find at construction sites.” The odd-sized granite stones are pieced together by cement and left unpolished, creating a rough-hewn look that is not unappealing.

Despite renovating the house since early last year, the task is still not finish as Wong not only personally sources for materials, he is not rushing himself. “It is a work in progress. I like to say that I am growing a green home.”

He envisages the house as a model of how to make a typical terraced dwelling greener and more comfortable. In fact, one potential client, after viewing the house, was impressed enough to commission Wong to renovate his home.

“If you buy a terrace house, you will need to do it up. So why not take the opportunity to incorporate useful features. Forget about expensive costly techniques. Get the fundamentals right. Even a terrace house, despite having little exposure to the sun, can use sunlight,” says Wong. He has demonstrated that even simple steps, such as changing the interior layout, can do wonders to a home. Isn’t it time you insist on that from your architect?

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THE Belleview Group will showcase the RM65mil Bukit Dumar Residences, comprising 62 units of terraced and semi-detached units for the forthcoming Star Property Fair.

Belleview Group managing director Datuk Sonny Ho said the units have two covered car porches, an impressive dining area with a large expanse of glass to bring in natural lighting, a spacious master suite, and balconies for occupants to enjoy the panoramic view of the Penang Bridge.

The units also has spacious family areas, walk-in closets, and separate dry and wet kitchens, Ho said.

The other property that would also be showcased at the Star Property Fair include the Palmyra Residences in Balik Pulau, the RM400mil Melody Homes, All Seasons Park and All Seasons Place projects in Air Itam, and the 1st Avenue shopping mall, a joint venture project.


Well planned: An artist impression of the Bukit Dumbar Residences project.

“The Palmyra Residences comprise 227 units of landed property, while the Melody Homes, All Seasons Park, and All Seasons Place projects in Air Itam comprise 1,300 units of high-rise property. We will also construct a 250,000sq ft commercial complexes for the Melody Homes, All Season Park, and All Seasons Place projects.

“The three residential schemes and the commercial complex in Air Itam will take about five years to complete,” Ho added.

Ho said the 1st Avenue shopping mall, with a built-up area of 900,000sq ft, was scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2010.

The Star Property Fair 2009, organised by The Star in collaboration with Henry Butcher Malaysia and supported by The Expat Group, will feature the creme de la creme of property and will take place at the G Hotel on Sept 11, 12 and 13.

A ‘lifestyle’ section has also been introduced as an extension of the fair at the Gurney Plaza where visitors would find a varied selection of home improvement products and offerings with the aim of converting a property into a dream home.
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Unhappy over RM1 payoff
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2009/09/04

A GROUP of housebuyers in Johor Baru has alleged that their property developer was willing to pay only RM1 as compensation for the late completion of their houses.


Housebuyers voicing their dissatisfaction with the compensation offered by the developer for the late delivery of their homes.

Their housing project has been delayed for two years.

Abdul Razak Mohd Yusuf, 40, a representative of the housebuyers, claimed that the developer was not being responsible for the delay and did not show an understanding of the housebuyers' plight.

"It is shocking that the developer was only willing to pay RM1 as compensation for liquidated and ascertained damages for not delivering the houses within the period stipulated in the sales and purchase agreement," Razak alleged.


Another housebuyer, Ezad Daud, 44, who bought a double-storey terrace house under Phase 3A, claimed that he had to pay RM1,000 to the bank monthly eventhough his house was not completed.

The houses were sold between RM180,000 and RM200,000.

"Many housebuyers had to rent a place to stay for two years while waiting for their units to be completed," Ezad said.

He also claimed that the delay had caused some of the housebuyers to be blacklisted by the banks as they could not settle their monthly loan payments.

Ezad said the housebuyers come from all walks of life, which include civil servants, retirees and those from the middle-income group.

"We want the property developer to compensate us in accordance with the Housebuyers' Act," he said.
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BLand expects RM150m from Seputeh project
By Sharen KaurPublished: 2009/09/07





BERJAYA Land Bhd (4219), a unit of Berjaya Corp Bhd, expects to rake in RM150 million in sales from its Vastana25 bungalow and villa boutique development in Taman Seputeh in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur.

Vastana25, which has three bungalows and 22 link villas, is an exclusive enclave within the 16.5ha freehold low-density Seputeh Heights project.

Berjaya Land senior general manager for properties and marketing, Mah Siew Wan, said the company has started construction on Vastana25 and the properties will be ready by October next year.

The bungalows and villas are priced from RM5.5 million to RM8 million, with a built-up area of 5,743-7,665 sq ft and a private glass lift and pool each.
Mah told Business Times during a site visit recently that Berjaya Land has sold eight bungalows despite the economic slowdown, by word of mouth.

She said there will be a private viewing for the properties in December, where the company hopes to close sales for the remaining 17 units.

"People are buying into Vastana25 because of its location. Every unit offers an excellent view of the city and a lot of natural lighting, thanks to the glass features," Mah said.

On Seputeh Heights, Mah said that prices of properties built by land owners in Seputeh Heights have tripled since 1997.

Berjaya Land started Seputeh Heights in 1997, offering 103 bungalow lots, measuring 7,992 to 23,100 sq ft, for sale.

Ninety lots have been sold over the past 12 years at more than RM150 per sq ft.

Seputeh Heights also has four purpose-built bungalows, which were constructed by Berjaya Land and sold for more than RM5 million each.

"Seputeh Heights is one of our most exclusive developments and it would be impossible to replicate it. This is because land is scarce in prime locations and not many areas can offer a full view of the city," Mah said.
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THE developer of the 16 bungalow units at the top of a 30m-high cliff in Taman Bukit Permai, Ampang were granted an extension to cover the gaps from piling works carried out earlier.

Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee was at the Mutiara Court Apartments to brief the residents about the latest development of the new project. The developer did not show up.


Dangerous effects: Lim showing photos of the smashed windscreen of his pickup van caused by falling rocks.
“The developer asked for a 10-day extension to cover the gaps, failing which the site will be flooded.

“The developer has also showed us that they have bought insurance for the residents,” she said, adding that there were three meetings between the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), Ikram, the developer and herself.

StarMetro reported three months ago that residents were concerned about the falling rocks. Taman Bukit Permai Rukun Tetangga chairman Leong Soon Heng said residents were still worried about their safety.

JMB chairman S. Madhavan said residents have been facing the problem of rocks falling onto their vehicles for more than 10 years.

“Every time it rains, the rocks will fall and damage our motorcycles and cars.

“Now, with the new development three months ago, the situation has worsened. With the help of Lee, a stop-work order will be issued,” he said.

Mutiara Court resident Lim Kee Chong is one of the victims to have his pickup van damaged by falling rocks.

“A few years ago, it was damaged by falling rocks and it cost me about RM300 to get it fixed. Just over a month ago, the same thing happened and this time the van’s windscreen was smashed,” said the 70-year-old.

Also present at the event were councillors Dorothy Cheong Chye Wah and S. Supiramany.

Vista Panaroma JMB treasurer Walter Chai, a resident for the past 10 years, also lamented about the problems he faced in his apartment.

It is developed by the same developer as the apartments in Taman Bukit Permai, namely Mutiara Court Apartments and Pangsapuri Intan.

“The intercom does not work from the day we moved in but the developers said that it is not their responsibility. We recently discovered that the domestic tank is leaking, affecting the 250 residents of both block A and B.

“As we do not have our own strata title, the developer is still under responsibility,” he said.

Lee added, “When the development in Taman Bukit Permai took place in the 1980s to 1990s, the MPAJ was yet to be formed, hence there was no technician from the council to oversee the construction and we don’t know if there was any fault with the development then.

“Although the developers have handed over the hill slope to MPAJ seven years ago, they have to exercise social responsibility and can’t just wash their hands off,” she said.
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LBS Bina upbeat on demand


PUCHONG: LBS Bina Group Bhd is confident of strong demand for phase II of its Town Villa at Taman Tasik Puchong based on the response to previous launches of property units under its Affordable Home Series.

Managing director Datuk Lim Hock San said in a statement he believed there would be significant demand for affordable residences in this locality.

Phase II, comprising 96 town-houses, was launched yesterday in conjunction with the unveiling of the Town Villa show unit.

LBS said 97% of the 104 units offered under phase I were sold within three weeks of its soft launch.

Town Villa, which occupies 2.2ha of Taman Tasik Puchong’s development land of 64.8ha, comprises 330 townhouses with a total gross development value of RM62.3mil.

The units are priced from RM179,000 to RM267,000.

For its Affordable Home Series, LBS has extended its LBS Hassle Free Hone Ownership programme that allows purchasers to make a low down-payment of RM1,000 while LBS will absorb the legal and disbursement fees.

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Taman Tasik Prima








Property Type : Bungalow (3 storey)
Built Up Area : 4,500 Sq. Feet
Bedrooms : 6 + 3
Bathrooms : 6
Facilities : 24 X 7 Security, CCTV Monitoring, Children Playground
Remarks :
Taman Tasik Prima consists : 13 units of Lake Bungalow and 9 units of Courtyard Villa.

Price of Lake Bungalows : From RM1, 297,200 to RM1, 783,700

Courtyard Villa
Built up area: 3,050 sq ft
Bedrooms: 5+1
Bathrooms: 4
Price: from RM646,100 to RM883,200

Taman Tasik Prima, a premier lakefront township in Puchong offers a resort living environment overlooking a 200-acre lake. It is a whole different lifestyle concept that integrates with the beauty of nature - imagine resort living everyday!


Location
Prominently situated in the established township of Puchong and within the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), Taman Tasik Prima grants easy accessibility via major highways such as the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) and Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS Highway). This excellent location and accessibility makes Taman Tasik Prima a prime and worthy investment.


Built-up Area
Taman Tasik Prima is a low density development offering only 13 units of Lake Bungalow and 9 units of Courtyard Villa.

The Lake Bungalow comes with a modern open plan gallery design concept where the entrance unfolds to an exciting three storey gallery space. Designed with the residents’ comfort in mind, the spacious built up of 4,500 sq ft consists of 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 study rooms, and a family room. There’s definitely ample space for a growing family. The living areas and master bedroom overlook private landscape areas and formal lawns where one can enjoy a magnificent view of the lake. These fine homes are tagged at an attractive price of RM1, 297,200 to RM1, 783,700.

As for the Courtyard Villa, they are designed to blend nature into the living space by allowing an abundance of natural light illuminate the home interior. With a built-up of 3,050 sq ft, all units come with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a family room. The living and dining areas open out to a private courtyard. For those who enjoy entertaining guests, a private party can be held at the spacious compound area. Prices for these villas range from RM646,100 to RM883,200

Both the Lake Bungalow and Courtyard Villa are equipped with 3-phase electricity supply and an expansive car porch big enough to accommodate 4 cars! Thoughtfully planned 50 feet wide driveway with paved pedestrian walkways, streetscapes and landscapes add to the appeal of this idyllic lakeside neighbourhood.


Launch
Recently launched on the 15th of August, the developers are offering exclusive discounts for early birds. For the first 5 units of the lake bungalows and courtyard villas, a rebate of RM20,000 and RM10,000 are given respectively. Bumiputras can enjoy a 7% discount.


Facilities and Amenities

It is a complete neighbourhood that offers unique features such as a landscaped central park to every precinct to create a quality lifestyle; aesthetically appealing underground cabling and covered drainage, and most importantly provides a safe gated and guarded sanctuary for peace of mind.

With an unbeatable location close to a public transportation hub, a clinic, schools, kindergartens, police station and banks, Taman Tasik Prima offers convenience to its residents with these readily existing amenities. Shopping is a breeze with shopping centres including the IOI Mall, TESCO and GIANT hypermarkets.

Upcoming amenities include water sport facilities, a lakeside commercial village, central parks with children’s playground and a gazebo area.


The Developer
Taman Tasik Prima is developed by Prima Nova Harta Development Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with Bolton Berhad, an established name with more than 40 years in property development. Prima Nova Group is an up-and-coming property developer that is fast establishing a name for itself in the property sector.



Developer Information :


Prima Nova Harta Development Sdn Bhd and Bolton Berhad
6th Floor, Campbell Complex
98 Jalan Dang Wangi
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 603-8068 4030 (Puchong)
Tel : 603-2692 0303 (KL)
Website : www.bolton.com.my
Email Add : sueellen@bolton.com.my / kwyap@bolton.com.my
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Low-density freehold homes


TROPIKA@ Ferringhi Park, the second of a four-phase Ferringhi Park project by Blossom Time Sdn Bhd, offers low-density freehold homes and affordable resort living in Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

The project comprises 32 three- storey semi-detached homes and 95 three-storey bungalows.

The semi-detached homes, with launching scheduled for either December or January next year, will open for pre-registration at The Star Property Fair 2009, which opens at the G Hotel and Gurney Hotel today.

Early birds who register during the three-day fair will enjoy special rebates.


Norita showing a scale model of the Type A semi-D homes.

Blossom Time assistant marketing manager Norita Ibarahim said the semi-detached units have two types – Type A with modern design features (18 units) and Type B with a more tropical feel (14 units).

Both have built up areas of between 3,990 and 3,995 sq ft with tall windows allowing ample natural lighting for interior spaces. The spacious bedrooms open up to private gardens or terraces where one can just lounge and enjoy the fresh early morning mountain air, while bathrooms employ an open-air concept.

“It is located just a few minutes away from the famed Batu Ferringhi beach, an international school and lots of eating outlets,” Norita said, adding that the entire area was also gated and guarded with 24-hour security and CCTV.
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Solar energy shines bright
2009/09/07



Ahmad Hadri says the project aims to increase installed
BIPV capacity by about 330 per cent by next year.

Global warming. Fossil fuel hike. Higher electrical bills. Looks like it’s time we look to the sun as a source of renewable energy.

Turning to the sun

The deployment of solar power as an energy source has been hampered by the low uptake of photovoltaic technology, which is the application of solar cells to convert solar energy (sunlight, including ultra-violet radiation) into electricity.

The Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic Technology Application Project hopes to change all that. Rozana Sani has the story.

WITH the rising cost of electricity due to depleting energy sources such as fossil fuel, solar power as an energy alternative is a pretty compelling idea. But the first thing that comes to mind is the cost and complexity of implementing such a system.



An example of a BIPV system installed on the lower
rooftop at a residence in Kota Damansara.


Well, this is set to change with the progress made by the Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic Technology Application Project.

Part of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (2005-2010) with co-financing from Global Environment Facility disbursed through the United Nations Development Programme, the main objective of the project is to reduce the long-term cost of solar Building Integrated Photovoltaic, or BIPV, technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions into the environment, and address long-term energy supply security for the country.

According to national project leader Ir Ahmad Hadri Haris, the initiative promotes grid-connected solar BIPV systems in the country. Grid-connected photovoltaic applications dominate the world’s total photovoltaic installations at 84 per cent. Over the lifetime of the expected installed BIPV capacity from the project, the energy generated will avoid 65,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the country’s power sector.

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Rosy outlook for property sector


EXHIBITORS at The Star Property Fair 2009 at G Hotel and Gurney Plaza in Penang were pleased with the huge crowd turnout during the three-day event which they declared a resounding success.

Belleview Group managing director Datuk Sonny Ho said the overwhelming response at his company’s booths was totally unexpected.


Good response: A crowd milling around Belleview Group's model houses at the fair.

“We had, since the fair first started back in 2003, suggested that it should be held at a good shopping mall so as to attract the weekend crowd. But even then, I had not anticipated such a response,” he said.

Ho said the company opened up 50% of its new Bukit Dumbar Residences freehold landed property for sale and would have been happy to sell half and follow up on the rest.

“On the first day itself, we already achieved our expectations in terms of committed sales, and by today, we have achieved our quota,” he said on the last day of the fair yesterday, adding that they also received good response for Phase 2 of their Palmyra Residences.


Check it out: Alliance Relationship management executive Natalie Eng (left) explaining The Star Property portal to The Star executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim (second left) and Chow Kon Yeow (right). With them are The Star regional manager operations (north) Chung chok Yin (back, second right) and Dr Teoh (back, right).


Taking notes: An interested buyer showing keen interest in a project showcased at SP Setia's booth

SP Setia Bhd property division (north) sales and marketing assistant manager Joanne Koay said the company generated good sales and did not mind the venue of the fair as long as the crowd kept turning up.


Making enquiries: Visitors checking out EUPE Corporation Bhd's projects.

EUPE Corporation Bhd marketing assistant manager Chris Tan said the crowd at this new venue was slower but of higher quality than at the previous venue at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) in past years.

“This turned out well as it provides us a chance to spare more time for potential buyers,” he said.

Blossom Time Sdn Bhd assistant marketing manager Norita Ibarahim said they received more enquiries than expected.


Great deals: A crowd looking for good bargains at the booth of Kitchentech on the last day of the fair yesterday.

“The response for our The Residences @ Ferringhi Park was good, and some visitors even made the trip to the showhouse in Batu Ferringhi on the spot,” she said, adding that they also received many enquiries about their beachfront condominium project which was open for registration.


Personal attention: A visitor getting a product briefing at the booth of Cucina Kitchen & Wardrobe.

Over at the ‘lifestyle’ section, Kitchentech general manager Wilson Yeoh said there was a good flow of people and it was a good chance for them to showcase their products and enhance their value.

Cucina Kitchen & Wardrobe managing director T.H. Tan said the fair was always a good way to advertise and promote their products.

“The crowd is good but the atmosphere is more relaxed, giving us the opportunity to pay attention to our customers.”

A buyer, operations executive Ch’ng Lee Hong, 49, and her husband who only wanted to be known as Lim, 50, made an impromptu decision to buy their dream home in the form of a double-storey terrace house in Belleview Group’s Palmyra Residences project in Balik Pulau.

Ch’ng said she was happy with the layout of the four-bedroom unit with two parking spaces while Lim said he was pleased with the location and trusted the developer.

A buyer who only wanted to be known as Mrs Lau, 38, said she and her husband bought two condominiums, one for their own stay and one for investment.

“We’ll probably stay at IJM Land Bhd’s Platino in Jelutong, while the other unit — Ideal Homes Properties Sdn Bhd’s One World 2 in Bayan Lepas — is for investment,” said the sales manager.

Henry Butcher (Malaysia) Penang director Dr Teoh Poh Huat noted that the visitors to this year’s fair were more affluent, and there was a great deal of interest in subjects pertaining to lifestyle, particularly going by the large crowd attending the health talks.

He said: “People are aware that they need good health to enjoy their wealth.”

Where property was concerned, Dr Teoh said quite a number of new projects attracted some attention, indicating that buyers had been waiting in the sidelines for the right time and opportunity.

The three-day fair, themed Modern Lifestyle, featured over 50 exhibitors occupying some 100 booths at the hotel and shopping complex.

Besides checking out property, home improvement products and financing packages at the exhibition booths, visitors also took the chance to attend various talks and forums, take part in the ‘Surf, Click & Win’ and ‘Lucky Catch’ contests, and watch performances such as belly dance and a fashion show featuring various pieces of jewellery which were auctioned off by Henry Butcher in aid of the Penang Pure Lotus Hospice of Compassion and Asia Community Service.

The Star Property Fair 2009 was organised by Star Publications in collaboration with Henry Butcher and supported by The Expat Group.
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