Posted: 01 Aug 2010 11:38 PM PDT
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Housing and Local Government Ministry to review the conditions of highrise flats and condominiums in the country and to find effective solutions to the woes of these flats and condos.
We shall continue to raise the problems of highrise housing in the House. As the population increases, cities and towns will build more highrise building.
On 1.8.2010, Dr Tan comments on the minister YB Dato' Wira Chor Chee Heung criticising local building commissions.
We have often brought the problems of highrise housing to the House. The ministry's replies tend to be ministerial. It has to come out with something more effective.
We do not oppose the promulgation of laws such as the 2007 Joint Management of Property (Maintenance and Management) Act. But, the ministry must truly understand the various problems, some of which are due to human weaknesses including the lack of civic consciousness.
Besides strata titles, highrise flats face problems like water, electricity, lifts, rubbish and noise. For example, flat dwellers at Happy Court, Kepong Garden, Kepong Central and Metro Prima present endless complaints.
Local governments such as City Hall Kuala Lumpur have representatives in various agencies such as joint management agency. The monitoring of these agencies is essential. The part played by the ministry is important.
The new minister has to try harder to find solutions to the myriad problems. He may want to leave a mark.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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