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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Regulate property management! Forum on Strata Management in Penang

IT is understandable for the Strata Management Act to attract much public interest. There are (or will soon be) more people living in high-rise strata properties than in landed properties, given the rapid urbanisation and rising land prices in Malaysia.
The issue of the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (BVAEA) seeking to regulate property management is controversial. Since the BVAEA is a body under the Finance Ministry, isn’t it odd that the Finance Ministry rather than the Housing Ministry is trying to regulate property management?

Most people have a pretty good idea about the job of a property manager and would conclude that it is a generalist’s job.

There should not be too many restrictions attached to a generalist’s job, such as that of a sales manager or a supermarket manager.

The opinion of HBA honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong on the role of a property manager is a bit overstated.

Property managers are at all times employees of MCs and JMBs and never the other way round.

Lives and property worth millions of ringgit are the prime responsibilities of employers and not the employees.

It is an exaggeration to say that lives and property worth millions are being entrusted to property managers to care, control and manage.

However, it may be a good idea to regulate the property manager’s job, but it would be more appropriate if it came under a board in the Housing Ministry with input from engineers and architects.

It would be less appropriate to come under a board in the Finance Ministry, as property management has more to do with building than finance.


Forum on strata management

A SEMINAR on the Strata Management Bill 2012 as well as the Strata Titles (Amendment) Act 2012 will be held at Auditorium C and F, Level 5, Komtar, from 10am to 4pm on Jan 13.

Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik said many people were unaware of the new bill’s contents, including how to handle strata management disputes.

“The bill provides better protection for property owners. It is important that they know their rights,” he said at a press conference.

He said lawyer Lee Khai would talk on the application of the Strata Management Bill while licensed land surveyor Chuang Kuang Han would talk on Strata Titles Application and Problematic Cases.

Registration fee is RM30 per person which includes buffet lunch and lecture notes.

The public, including management corporations, joint management bodies and residents associations are invited to attend.

For more details, contact Ng’s service centre at 04-2270215/017-4108914/012-4290163, fax 04-2278215 or e-mail before Jan 8.

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