A snag over strata titles
21/01/2008 The Star By Bavani M.
According to Villa OUG Residents Association chairman Gary Choong, the
residents received a letter on October 2007 stating that their application
for strata titles had been approved but it could only be released after the
company managing the condominium releases the management accounts.
“Our titles are ready but the problem right now is that the previous owner
of Villa OUG, which is the Selangor State owned Kumpulan Hartanah Sdn Bhd (KHSB),
sold the property to GMB Construction last year,'' he said.
“But the management company SAP Urus Harta Sdn Bhd, which is managing Villa
OUG is a sister company of KHSB and for some reason only known to them, they
are holding back the management accounts,'' said Choong.
He said GMB Construction had written many times to the management company
requesting for the accounts.
Why are we waiting?: Villa OUG residents discussing their next course of
action with Kok (third from right) and Choong (fourth from left)
However, that is not their only problem. The management company has also
stopped paying the contractors servicing the condominium.
According to the cleaning company owner who only wised to be identified as
Madam Tan, the company owes her four months salary, totalling RM18,000.
“I haven’t been paid and I have staff to pay. If they don't pay me I may
have to withdraw my services,'' she said.
Choong said the cleaning company was not the only one that had not been
paid. He said the security services and swimming pool maintenance contractor
had also not received their payment for services rendered and are
“What is strange is that the management company is still collecting the
maintenance fees from us and we are paying on time,'' he said.
“We want our strata titles as soon as possible because we can then manage
our property and I believe we can do a better job .''
“It is shameful that a government owned company can practice such unethical
tactics when they should be setting an example,'' added Choong.
A spokesman for GMB Construction said he had advised the Villa OUG Residents
Association to form their own management corporation as soon as possible
since the strata titles had been issued.
“I have advised them to get a lawyer to help them with the paper work and
get their lawyer to meet with the management company,'' said the spokesman,
adding that he had also met up with people from the management company
requesting that the matter be resolved as soon as possible.
When contacted, an officer from SAP Urus Harta Sdn Bhd, said that they were
in the process of auditing the accounts and would be facilitating the
residents request for the strata titles soon.
“We apologise for the delay. Once that is sorted out, the issue of payment
to the service contractors would also be sorted out,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said she would help arrange for a meeting
between the residents, new owner and the management company.