Housing Ministry must monitor JMBs closely
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw presses Housing and Local Government Ministry to improve its monitoring of Joint Management Bodies, JMB, in all highrise residential buildings.
On 31.10.2011, Dr Tan listened to the answer from the Deputy Minister of Housing on JMBs. He has to look into it further.
As society advances, more Malaysians migrate to towns especially big ones such as Kuala Lumpur. One solution to the housing problem is having more highrise buildings as seen in KL. According to the Deputy Minister, out of 1,886 developers in KL, 538 JMBs have been formed. There are over 2000 JMBs in the country.
Besides some highrise residential buildings without JMBs, those with JMBs face various problems, including residents who do not pay maintenance fees.
In Kepong, JMBs have their share of difficulties, whether low or medium cost buildings or condominiums.For example, Kestana Condominium, Kepong, has JMB which is represented by residents. These office-bearers have their respective occupations. They employ workers such as Noor Salida Ahmad who was account executive. On 3.10.11, the discovered that she used false documents to swindle them of RM253,000. The case is under police investigation.
Over five years ago, the Housing Ministry presented JMB Bill in Parliament. We listed the difficulties such as the lack of effectiveness of JMBs in the Malaysian setting. Nevertheless, the bill was passed. The Ministry must step up its surveillance of JMBs in the country.
Tan Seng Giaw