The Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Sheda) has asked the Land and Survey Department (LSD) to extend a draft of the proposed amendments to the Strata Title Ordinance.
This was to enable the association – a stakeholder – to be included in the consultation process before the proposal is tabled at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) and gazetted.
Sheda, in a statement yesterday, said this was among the issues discussed with newly-appointed LSD director Zaidi Mahdi during a courtesy call on him last week.
It pointed out that a lab session on the proposed amendments to the Strata Title Ordinance would be organised soon.
“The director (Zaidi) has assured that Sheda, together with other stakeholders, will be invited to the lab session for discussion,” said the statement.
“Sheda reiterated to the (LSD) director that the amendments to the Strata Title Ordinance would bring more benefit to house purchasers than developers. Currently, there is no standard Strata Title Management Act for the compliance of developers and residences.”
The Sheda delegation, led by its president Joseph Wong Kee Liong, also brought up a few housing related issues including suggestions on how to get individual land titles issued within three months for landed development, and six months for strata development.
During the discussion, Zaidi noted that there were 130 cases where the Memorandum of Surrender and Alienation (Mosa) was issued to respective developers yet to return it and pay the premium amounting to approximately RM22.5 million and as such, the individual land titles could not be issued.
“Sheda has asked Zaidi to extend the list of developers (and their projects) who have not paid the premium so that the association can advise them to return the Mosa, and pay up the premium for the benefit of house purchasers.”
Zaidi informed Sheda that there were 125 cases – involving RM21.7 million in premium – still being processed by LSD’s respective departments before Mosa could be issued to the respective developers.
Sheda appealed to him to expedite the process and issue the memorandum to the respective developers accordingly.
Zaidi, in response, assured the association that LSD would do its best to clear the backlog within a short period of time.
Meanwhile, Sheda proposed to the state government to construct approximately 20,000 affordable houses for middle-income families across the state to which Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg had agreed in principle.
“While Sheda is waiting for the official notification from the state government on the proposal, it seeks LSD’s cooperation and assistance to streamline the application
for variation of title condition (AVTC) so that participating developers could get the necessary approvals promptly before commencing construction works.”
LSD deputy director (management) Abdullah Julaihi was also present at Zaidi’s office during the courtesy call.
Source : @ Borneo Post Online