Apartment residents to set up management committee
Posted on August 5, 2012, Sunday
KOTA KINABALU: Residents of Beverly Hills Apartment Phase III have taken the advice of Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Edward Khoo Keok Hai to set up a management committee.
So far, 688 out of the 1,388 owners/residents of the apartments have agreed to have the management committee set up as soon as possible as they feel that the welfare committee to which Kapitan Lim Shim Min said he was appointed to chair would not serve them fully.
One of the residents, Tang Chee Fui, said that he had been unaware of the setting up of the welfare committee and only came to know about it after reading the announcement in the newspaper.
“While I do not have any problems with the current management company which is run by the developer, it would be good for the residents if they are empowered to manage the development themselves.
“We also need professionals in the committee and I am of the opinion that some of the just set up welfare committee are sort of dubious. We do not want any Tom, Dick and Harry to manage the committee,” he said, adding that most of his fellow residents are professionals and should be on the committee.
In a recent statement, Beverly Hills Apartment residents welfare committee chairman Kapitan Lim said he was appointed by more than 200 owners at Beverly Hills Apartment to approach the relevant government agency to resolve the various issues faced by the residents. These include issues pertaining to the annual financial report by the management and developer, fire insurance fee, strata titles, and emergency funds.
According to Tang, so far, the developer which has been running the management committee has been doing its job well and there are no critical problems yet to be resolved.
“I have no major complaints about the current management but feel that a residents’ management committee would serve us better,” he said when met at a gathering of the residents at Beverly Hills Phase III multipurpose hall yesterday.
Fellow residents Siva Rajan and Ismail Ali who was also at the gathering, said it would be good if there is a representative from each block on the management committee as these individuals know what are the issues that need to be resolved at their respective areas.
They were of the opinion that dealings with a residents’ management committee would be more transparent.
According to the duo, in the past, an opinion poll was conducted to find out if the residents were agreeable to the proposal for a residents’ management committee.
“But we do not know the outcome of the survey carried out,” they said.
Yati Rahim, Charlyn Christine, Efa Ayu and Shirley Wong were also supportive of the proposal for a residents’ management committee.
All four women said that while there are no critical problems with the current management committee, it would be good if the residents are the ones making decisions as well as finding ways to resolve the problems there.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Khoo said he had learnt from the print media that the apartments owners were seeking strata titles and demanding the management to make known to them the annual financial report and fire insurance.
As for the strata titles of Beverly Hills Phase Three, Khoo said the relevant authority had issued strata tiles in June last year.
However, to date only 20 per cent of the owners went to collect the strata titles from the legal firm, he said.
“If the residents want to form a management committee, at least 33 per cent of the owners must have their strata titles. Hence, I hope that the owners of (Beverly Hills Apartments) Phase Three will get their strata tiles as soon as possible in order to form a management committee to run their own apartments.”