MBKS to look into taking over management of Pending Height Flats

Foo (second left) showing Wee (left) the rubbish bin centre sponsored by Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers' Association (Sheda) in 2015 under Foo’s initiative.

KUCHING, Sept 9:  Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) youth is urging Kuching South City Council (MBKS) to invoke Section 27A(1)(b) & (c) of the Strata Titles Ordinance 1995 to take over the management of Pending Height Flats.

SUPP youth general secretary Milton Foo said the residents or the owners of the flats were supposed to form a committee to look after the management and cleanliness of the 146-unit low cost flats.

“As it is not government flats but under private development, the subsidiary proprietors (ie the unit owners) must form a management corporation to maintain the buildings and the common property as required under Section 23 of the Ordinance,” said Foo in a statement today.

However, the failure to do so resulted in overgrown weeds, littered garbage or waste in the flats’ compound and car park area as well as drain blockage.  

The dire environment around the flats has resulted in the breed of pests such as mosquitoes as well as snakes and scorpions.

Foo (left) and Wee (second right) visiting Pending Height Flats yesterday (Sept 8, 2019).

Foo said MBKS has no jurisdiction over the maintenance of the flats which is vested in the management corporation of the flats inter alia to control, manage and administer the common property such as corridors, staircases, drain, car park, bin centre etc.

However, he pointed out that Section 27A(1)(b) & (c) of the Strata Titles Ordinance 1995 may be invoked so that MBKS can take over the management of the flats.

Foo, MBKS Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng as well as Kaiptan Phang Jee Fah visited the flats yesterday. 

Meanwhile, Datuk Wee reiterated that MBKS being a city council has the duty to take up and look into the matter seriously.

Upon inspection of the Pending Height Flats, Wee immediately asked from his officers all relevant documents with regards to the issue and further instructed them to arrange a dialogue session with the flats residents and subsidiary proprietors the soonest possible.

He said if there were to be unanimous consensus of the subsidiary proprietors of the flats for MBKS to take over the management of the flats, he would do so by taking the necessary action.

He added that he would seek direction from the Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian to resolve the thorny issue that has been plaguing the residents for more than two decades.— DayakDaily