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Tackling high-rise owners' concerns


GEORGE TOWN: The state Barisan Nasional has proposed a framework to address problems affecting owners of apartments and low- and medium-cost housing.

State BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said issues, such as the maintenance and the management of low-cost housing, affected low-cost home owners.

"We propose that the collection of quit rent and assessment taxes be given back to apartment blocks for maintenance and management.

"Local authorities will not suffer a loss of income. They still need to spend, so rather than they (residents) asking for allocations to paint buildings, repair drains and install lighting, why not plough the money back to residents?"

Teng was speaking after opening a seminar on high-rise buildings here yesterday.

Teng said quit rent and assessment taxes would be given back to joint management corporations (JMCs), and for low-cost housing without JMCs, an agency could be set up to maintain and manage low-cost housing units.

As for low- and medium-cost housing, affordable housing, apartments and condominiums, Teng proposed the setting up of a Rukun Tetangga scheme to channel financial aid and management information to JMCs of these schemes.

"We propose giving allowances to chairmen and secretaries of JMCs, just as what we do for the Village Security and Development Committee and Rukun Tetangga. We will probably call it community residents' association.

"We propose each committee be given an annual grant of RM3,000 to RM4,000 for administrative purposes, as well as other support."

Teng said BN would carry all these out if it won the next polls.

Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow says the party’s framework covers owners of apartments and low- and medium-cost housing.

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