Sunday, October 28, 2012



Amazed to see an amazing amount of people of 3 multi ethnic gathered together at Tadika Melody as early as 8am just to celebrate our National Day, singing our Motherland anthem.  This proved the actual meaning of “Patriotism” of our nation in all races at all ages.

Everyone standing tall with head held up high when the flag was raised to the air.  What a phenomenal spirit and pride of the people?

Mdm. Julie Quah, the Event Organiser welcome YB Gobind Singh, YB Teresa Kok, Cr. Chang Kim Loong who is also the Chairman of JKP Zone 16 Puchong and 5 of his Committee Members namely Mr. CC Chik, Ms. Alice Choo, Mr. Ben Mok, Mr. Jordan Kum and Mr. Peter Ng, all parents and residents of Wawasan 2.

Before the commencement of the event, YB Gobind was extremely pleased to witness the loving soul of all attended to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

So touchingly, our YB Gobind commemorated our late Tunku Abdul Rahman who played an important role for our independence.  Nostalgic!

In addition, he mentioned that during these 3 years have not been easy nor difficult for the State Government administering their roles, hence it has been a learning stage.

He also said that State Government will try to undertake a comprehensive study of the administration and will try to make a more significant overall improvement.

He commented that the true responsibility lies on each of us on “Country Ideology” and who believe in saving the future of our country by making the right choice. 

He too reminded us the importance on “Working towards a better Educational system.

Ideally, this community function should be carried out more often for the people to meet and deliver the ideal conceptional idea to them and they will do all possible to help.

It pleased us all to hear YB Teresa Kok gesturing her heart-warming appreciation to Mdm. Julie Quah, the Director of Tadika Melody to have her invited.

She abandoned her presence at Dataran Merdeka by attending this function to her constituency to see the children who will be the Future.

All Selangor flags hung around the compound were done by the children and this creativity of the children impressed her immensely and delightfully.
She believed it was a natural touch of love and sense of belonging for these children to value moral and patriotism.

YB Teresa also highlighted that the State Government has formulated a Social Welfare programme that distribute  $50 to poor families and single parents on monthly basis so that they can send their kids to school.

This act of spontaneity of the State Government should not go unnoticed and rewarding them with some token of appreciation simply because it pays to do good to the nation at large.

One can get more information from the Selangor State Government website.

She also elaborated briefly that we the rakyat hold the choice of freedom in magnanimity, humanity and should be of  no prior restraint.

YB Teresa sincerely hopes that our people will come forth and approach them to voice out their views or complaints, eventhough  no result can be achieved but  at least they will still listen and try to help.

She hopes that everyone can work together for the betterment of the community.

Lastly children of young age presented the song “SAYA ANAK MALAYSIA” and the crowd sing-along joyously, followed by dance performances too.

Event ended with giveaway hampers to single mothers and the unfortunate by YB Teresa!  Isn’t she another Mother Teresa!

By Alice Choo
Chairman RA BP 11
Cum Secretary JKP Zone 16 Puchong

Saturday, October 27, 2012

STRATA TITLES: Look at draft bill again

Read more: STRATA TITLES: Look at draft bill again - Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times

THE National Land Council recently announced it would go ahead and prepare a Strata Management Bill to be tabled at the next session of Parliament. This bill will supersede the existing Buildings and Common Properties Act (Act 663) and come together with amendments to the Strata Title Act.

A lot of thought and effort seems to have been put into this bill. Kudos to those involved. Nevertheless, good intentions may produce undesirable results and we must be aware of such pitfalls in this new bill.
But first, what is the fuss over strata titles?

Strata living or living in vertical multi-level structures like apartments, flats and condominiums, and to a lesser degree, horizontal stratas such as gated landed communities, is the fastest growing real estate development in Malaysia. Since the introduction of the Strata Titles Act in 1985, an estimated 25 to 30 per cent of residential holdings are in strata form.

However, with the rapid growth of strata development comes a crisis in strata administration rights.

A report by the Housing and Local Government Ministry says that 500,000 dwellings have yet to obtain strata titles and this number is increasing with new applications for strata development.

Among the proposals to be tabled is one which makes it compulsory for real estate developers to procure a strata title upon issuance of vacant possession.

This is to ensure that when you buy a newly-constructed apartment, the developer has a duty to deliver an apartment with its strata title issued or the developer risks penalties, including jail time.

The onus on making developers responsible rests on the assumption that it's in their interest to ensure that all administrative documentation and processes to procure a strata title be given equal priority should the developer wish to sell the unit.

However, the assumption ignores the fact that issuance of strata titles is the responsibility of each director of the state Land and Mines Department. If the amendments are passed in this form, technically, it shifts the burden of procuring strata tiles to the developer.

The logic, which seems to be missed by those drafting the bill, is that should the developer be unable to deliver the property because of strata title issuance, then the buyer also suffers because:

THE buyer has already entered into a sale and purchase agreement and would have incurred cost; and,

MOST buyers need loans. Regardless of the fact that the developers may be subject to liquidated ascertainable damages for late delivery, the burden still falls on the buyer should the developer become insolvent and, directly or indirectly, these amendments may promote project abandonment.

The other implication is more speculative: the practice of developers chasing for strata titles may promote a culture of corruption in the civil service or create an avenue for rent-seeking services.

So, should the amendments be shelved? The answer is no, the focus on delivering title right to buyers should remain as priority, it's just that the methodology or approach should be tweaked.

For those familiar with the draft Strata Management Bill, it is known that there will be provisions that developers are required to notify and submit plans to the commissioner of buildings at their local authorities prior to initiating any sale of strata units.

Herein lies the best way to put the onus on real estate developers to procure a strata title before any sale of strata units is made.

Since the proposed act recognises that there be a point where a developer should identify its intention for stratified development, the proposed bill together with proposed amendments to the Strata Title Act, may then create an approval in principle for "stratified titled development", wherein the relevant authorities provide approval services for administrative issuance of a strata title prior to the built strata plan, which may then be submitted at a fixed minimum time, for example, six months before vacant possession.

In effect, a developer must ensure that all administrative issues, especially those connected to the National Land Code, are cleared, prior to embarking on any development towards the sale of strata parcels.