Mak: Condo owners must know
18/08/2008 The Star By Tan Karr
RESIDENTS of apartments and condominium units should take a pro-active role
in running their Joint Management Bodies (JMB).
According to Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Mak Khuin Weng, it
is important for unit owners to know their rights to successfully run the
JMBs and address any conflicts with the developers.
Mak was speaking to residents of Armanee and Park Avenue condominiums at
Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya, during a meeting to address some of the
problems that the Joint Management Committees (JMC) were facing.
Many residents, including those in the JMC, were not clear about their roles
and rights under the Building and Common Property (Management and
Maintenance) Act 2007.
“The JMC dictates what goes on in your condominium like the maintenance fees
and the service contractors.
How it’s done: Mak (left) and Tengku Nazaruddin explaining the issues
involved to the reisdents.
“If you are not satisfied with the company managing your condo, you have the
right to terminate their services,” Mak said.
According to Armanee Condominium JMC member Zaimi Rosmida Md Jamin, the JMB
was formed in January this year but there were disputes with the property
management company and even within the committee itself.
“We’ve had a few meetings where the chairman was not present,” Zaimi said.
Mak said a chairman was supposed to preside over all meetings and committee
members could call for a vote of no confidence if they were not satisfied
with the chairman.
“It is important to keep the minutes of meetings, which have to be submitted
to MBPJ. Minutes have to be approved and signed by members. It is proof of
whether you are running the JMB in accordance to the law,” Mak said.
Acknowledging the fact that the Building and Common Property Act 2007 is new
and could be vague, Mak said he was working with lawyers and council
officers to define any ambiguity in how MBPJ interpreted it.
“To further help owners, the council has set up an arbitration board if
issues with the developer still cannot be settled. We’ll sit in the meeting
as a neutral party.
“However, MBPJ will not call for this arbitration unless all the necessary
documented evidence is provided. That is why your meeting minutes are very
important,” Mak said.
He said there were 93,000 units of condominium and apartments under MBPJ and
only four staff members handling these issues.
He urged residents to unite and get involved in the JMC even if they were
not in the committee and to get legal advice if they had doubts.
Also present at the meeting were Condominium, Apartments and Highrise
Committee (CAHC) Tengku Nazaruddin Zainudin and All-Petaling Jaya Selangor
Residents Association Coalition (APAC) chairman Liew Wei Beng.
Liew advised residents to set up residents associations (RA) to monitor the
“The RA helps to forge closer ties between the residents, making it easier
to work together.
“With an RA, residents could also have a pool of people who could be chosen
to sit in the JMC when the need arises,” said Liew.