High-rise memo for Selangor
05/01/2009 NST By Sheila Sri priya
Residents of high-rise buildings in Petaling Jaya participating in a
dialogue session before presenting a memorandum to Selangor State Exco
member Iskandar Abdul Samad.
PETALING JAYA: Residents of high-rise buildings in Petaling Jaya have sent a
memorandum with a long list to the Selangor government.
The residents feel it is not a tall order. They only want a special unit to
be set up under the Commissioner of Buildings (COB) to provide services for
about 100,000 condominium and high-rise residential units in PJ.
They made their request through the All Petaling Jaya Residents Association
Coalition headed by Liew Wei Beng.
Liew said the setting up of the special unit will ensure that the COB is
able to provide the required services to condominium and high rise building
Among the requests to the Selangor government:
- to list down the services offered by COB
- to provide a budget to establish a COB department or secretariat to each
of the 12 local councils.
- to provide enough working staff under the commissioner of buildings to
function, and also to include a professional lawyer and a certified
- to have enforcement guidelines and uniformity for the interpretation of
Act 663 for all the 12 councils in Selangor.
- to create an enforcement department at state government level to carry out
enforcement duties on errant developers, joint management committee members
and related issues.
- to ensure all condominiums form the Joint Management Body (JMB)
- COB must monitor the first JMB meeting.
- To ensure the quorum for the first JMB meeting paid their maintenance
- Joint purchasers are allowed to vote by proxy.
- Developers must not be allowed to vote because the first JMB election is
for unit buyers.
- The chairman must have voting rights.
- It is the duty of the developer to convene the first JMB meeting (The
developer is often late in having the meeting.
- To ensure the local council has a copy of important data of every
- To obtain all information of unit purchasers, maintenance accounts,
building plans - structural and building plans and other relevant
information from the developer to enable the JMB to carry out its function
- To provide assistance to the Joint Management Committee (JMC) to collect
unpaid maintenance fees from errant unit owners.
- To conduct workshops for JMC members.
- To address issues related to building and maintenance funds.
The residents want the state government to view all the requests seriously.
The event was also attended by councillor Mak Khuin Weng and assistant
director of development and PJ city council planning department Lee Lih
The memorandum was presented to Selangor state exco member Iskandar Abdul
Samad after a dinner attended by almost 200 resident association
There was also a dialogue session by the residents before the dinner.