rules regarding housing
07/12/2009 The Star
IT’S high time
the Housing Ministry looked into ways and means of improving the way
housing estates are established, types of housing designs, the rules
governing their existence, whether they are gated or guarded, and the way
houses or units are sold.
To begin with, in most cases housing estates are badly planned. This is
evident when several developers develop housing projects next to one
Turning a housing estate into a “guarded” or “gated” area becomes a
nightmare due to the fact that road planning, not to mention road
numbering, ends up becoming a mess.
Definition of what “guarded” means at times sounds ridiculous. A housing
estate can set up a guarded estate but it cannot put up a perimeter fence.
It cannot put up a checkpoint bar across the road. In short it cannot stop
anyone from entering because the roads are public roads. How ridiculous!
In the case of “gated” housing, the whole responsibility of maintenance
belongs to the residents or developer.
All these years nothing really much has been done to improve housing
design, parking space and even roads to accommodate school buses in
The time has indeed arrived to move into the 21st century with a better
mindset towards a healthier lifestyle.
HAJI MOKHTAR STORK,
Batu Caves, Selangor.