Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Current housing ordinance to be updated

March 19, 2013

A committee headed by Assistant Housing Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah will work together with the Land and Survey Department, the state Attorney General Chamber and his ministry to study and propose for the restructuring of the housing ordinance.



KUCHING: The government will be looking at amending the current housing ordinance in its efforts to update current regulations to suit current needs.

Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the current changing lifestyle of the people requires several amendments to be made.

Amendments will also aim at ridding loopholes, he added.

“A fine example on the issue is in regards to gated community. There is no specific rule and detail that can be looked at as basis for reference.

“For example, whether the roads within the housing are private or public ones,” said Abang Johari.

He added that his ministry has studied several examples of gated community especially the ones in Brisbane, Australia. He believed these will be a good basis for new regulations on gated community.

“Another rising issue is over commercial building with high-rise apartments. We know of three such examples at the moment, and they affect licensing.

“The question is whether the building is for commercial or accommodation purpose. We will study this matter thoroughly,” he said.

He was speaking at the pre-launch of Vista Perdana Phase 2 housing project by Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) at a leading hotel here on Sunday night.

Abang Johari also highlighted the issue concerning apartment management.

He said each apartment building must hire a resident manager to look at the management of the property.

“He must have a solid background in real estate management and is able to manage the apartment efficiently,” he said.

According to him, a committee headed by Assistant Housing Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah will work together with the Land and Survey Department, the state Attorney General Chamber and his ministry to study and propose for the restructuring of the housing ordinance.

He said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had previously taken several measures such as the revision of the land premium rate which is now much more affordable.

“These efforts are to ensure that Sarawakians are not burdened by costs when owning houses while at the same time protecting the owners’ interests,” he said.

On another matter, he highlighted the request by the community in Sungai Assap in Bakun, who had suggested the construction of Rumah Panjang Mesra, similar to the Rumah Mesra Rakyat (RMR) project.

“The idea is pretty much the same as terrace houses in RMR project where the ‘Ruai’ is at the front,” he said.

Earlier, SPNB chairman Datuk Wira Idris Haron in his speech said SPNB will be relying on the state government’s advice on its project in the state.

“We believe that the state government’s advice is the best. We believe on the wisdom and capabilities of the leaders in the state. Their advice will definitely provide us with a win-win situation,” he said.

The Vista Perdana Phase 2 project located in Miri is a mixed residential area on a land totalling 296 acres.

The event also saw the presentation of keys to 43 units of refurbished houses of Taman Desa Guru project, which received occupational permits issued by Kuching North City Commission on Nov 24 last year.

Also present yesterday were Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof, Rural Development Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) chairman Datuk Dr Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zen and Daya Builders Sdn Bhd chairman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.
  

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