Wong … 'the management company told us we could carry out the work'
ABOUT 40 residents of Bukit OUG Townhouse found themselves in a
tight spot after receiving notices from Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s Town
Planning Department for putting up illegal extensions in and around their
They have been given 14 days to remove the extensions or face a fine.
Most of the extensions were done on corner-lot property as well as the
Residents claim the management corporation hired to manage the property
had misled them.
They said the management company had given them the green light to carry
One of the effected residents, Vincent Wong, said that he had been living
in the area for 10 years and had not done any extension on his property
until he was given the permission to do so.
“The management company told us we could carry out the work and we even
have letters of acknowledgement from the company.
Wong said when City Hall officers inspected the premises recently and
issued warning notices to residents, the management company did not back the
Another resident, who wished to be identified only as Jamal, said that it
was not fair that residents be penalised for someone else’s mistake.
“We admit that we are wrong but we are appealing for some leniency from
A Bukit OUG Townhouse with extensions.
“We are willing to pay a certain amount of fine but please don’t ask us
to tear down our extensions as we have paid thousands of ringgit to build
them,’’ he said.
Residents have sought help from Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and she has
promised to discuss the matter with the department director.
“Most of the residents are ignorant of the law that townhouses fall under
the same category as apartments and condominiums, hence they are not allowed
to do any extension to their property,’’ said Kok.
“They did not realise that the illegal extensions would impede the local
authority from issuing the strata titles,’’ she said.
When contacted, the management company’s operations manager Alex Tan
denied giving residents the green light to build the extensions.
“We never said they could do it. It’s clearly stated in the rules and
by-laws that there cannot be any changes in the facade but they went ahead
and did it,’’ he said.