Inter-district travel banned in Sabah

Roadblocks are already up in all district borders in Sabah following the announcement of the ban on inter-district movements starting tomorrow. The announcement was made by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday, where he added cross-district movements will be restricted until Oct 16. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said all district police stations have been notified of the ban, which exempts those who are in essential services. Those living and working in separate districts have to show proof of their work and home address to pass the roadblocks. “Those working must have letters from their employers, ” he said. Although travel between districts is banned, all businesses and offices are allowed to operate as usual as long as it does not require travels out of the districts. (The Star Online)

Unreleased Bumi lots contribute half of property overhang

The unreleased Bumiputera lots contribute to about 40% to 50% of the country’s overhang numbers, according to Rehda Malaysia president Datuk Soam Heng Choon. Many completed houses in certain states were unsold because the state governments do not want to release the Bumiputera lots. “For example, Johor has a 40% Bumiputera quota. Assuming the developer sold 10% of the quota, it still has 30% unsold, and the overhang units get accumulated over time,” he said. The National Property Information Centre’s (Napic) Property Market Status Report for 1H20 showed there were 31,661 overhang residential units worth RM20.03 billion. The overhang in the serviced apartment subsector continues to rise and form the bulk of commercial property overhang. He added that the divergence between location, type of property and prices contribute to the high overhang number as well. The right product with the right pricing but built at a wrong location could not attract buyers. (The Malaysian Reserve)

Stricter health screenings at all public transport terminals from Oct 2

Stricter health screenings will be conducted at all public transport terminals, stations and service counters beginning today in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said COVID-19 preventive measures including cleaning and disinfection exercise would also be conducted. He said the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council, such as physical social distancing and the use of face masks would also be enforced without compromise in the interests of all parties including public transport users. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the 260 new positive cases recorded yesterday was the second-highest tally in the country since 277 cases were reported on June 4. Four new COVID-19 clusters were also detected today namely the Jalan Meru Cluster in Selangor, tje Joo Hwa Cluster in Sabah, the Selasih Cluster in Putrajaya and the Bah Ketil Cluster in Kedah. (Bernama)

25 developers to participate in HOC-MAPEX 2020

Close to 9,000 homes worth RM12.83 billion in the Klang Valley and Negeri Sembilan will be showcased during the Home Ownership Campaign-Malaysia Property Expo 2020 (HOC-MAPEX 2020) this weekend. Organised by Rehda Malaysia, the property fair will be held at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC) in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 2 to 4 (Friday to Sunday) from 10am to 9pm. There will be 25 developers, six government agencies and three financial institutions participating in the exhibition, which serves as a one-stop platform for potential property buyers to seek products and services from private developers, financial institutions and government agencies. Apart from discount and stamp duty waivers offered by HOC, the developers will also provide attractive discounts and packages for home buyers during the property fair. (The Edge)

RM400mil needed to upgrade infrastructure in Kampung Baru

The Federal Territories Ministry is asking for an allocation of RM400 million from the Finance Ministry under the 12th Malaysia Plan to upgrade the basic infrastructure in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, including repairing and widening roads. Its minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the ministry would, however, ensure that building roads and other infrastructure in the area would involve minimum land acquisition, besides getting the agreement of the landowners. Annuar had reportedly said before that the redevelopment of Kampung Baru would see the area divided into precincts or parcels involving sub-division for each hectare, thus enabling further division into certain grids or smaller blocks. (Bernama)