DAP man: Delay in enforcement of Strata Management Ordinance 2019 will affect property owners

Michael Kong

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KUCHING, Feb 11: Any further delay in the enforcement of the Strata Management Ordinance 2019 will adversely affect property owners, opined Special Assistant to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong.

Kong said the Ministry of Local Government and Housing must take steps to ensure that the Strata Management Ordinance 2019 is enforced in the near-immediate future.

According to Kong, the Strata Management Ordinance 2019 was passed by the Sarawak State Assembly as early as Nov 4, 2019. Subsequently, it obtained assent on Nov 28, 2019, then published in the Government Gazette on Dec 12, 2019.

“It has been more than two years since it was passed, and yet this law has yet to be enforced.

“The whole purpose of such a law is to protect the homeowners, particularly those of a strata-titled project,” he said in a statement today.

Throughout Sarawak, Kong noted an increase in the number of strata-titled projects.

As of Oct 31, 2019, it was announced that there were 280 projects comprising 18,323 strata titles.

He also said in Kuching alone, thousands of properties are still pending issuance of Strata Title.

“This would mean that at this point, all these owners are unable to participate in the management of these strata-titled projects.

“I, therefore, urge Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian as the Minister of Local Government and Housing to quickly implement and enforce the law for the benefit and protection of these owners,” he added. — DayakDaily