KPKT enforces compounding of strata management offences

Regulations have been enacted to empower the COB to compound offences committed under Act 757

by FARA AISYAH / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) has enforced the compounding of offences under the Strata Management Regulations 2019.

Deputy KPKT Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said the implementation of the new regulations began on May 2, 2019.

“The regulations have been enacted to empower the Commissioner of Buildings (COB) to compound offences committed under the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757) or its subsidiaries.

“Among the benefits of the new regulations are time and cost savings, as well as more effective and efficient strata management,” he said at the KPKT’s monthly assembly in Putrajaya yesterday.

With the new regulations, Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said there’s no need to wait for any offence to be charged in court which will be costly and involve a long process.

As such, Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah urges the COB to intensify the enforcement of the new regulations to ensure the wellbeing of the strata community.

The new compound regulations allow 29 offences under Act 757 and 19 offences under the Strata Management (Maintenance and Management) Regulations 2015 without having to refer to the court or the Strata Management Tribunal.

The rates of compound applied are between RM2,500 and RM250,000, which are 50% of the maximum RM500,000 compound under the Act.

The offences that are compoundable under Act 757 include developers’ failure to pay charges and contributions to unsold units; joint management bodies’ (JMBs) failure to dissolve the body and hand over to management corps (MCs); and parcel holders’ failure to comply with the notice demanding payment of the amount due within 14 days of the notice date.

Meanwhile, the offences compoundable under the Strata Management (Maintenance and Management) Regulations 2015 include JMBs/MCs/sub-MCs’ failure to provide proof of amount of money paid, failure to have the first general meeting, and management agents’ failure to submit bonds to COB.

However, seven offences which are not compoundable include offence of collecting any charges or contributions before opening the account; failure to comply with the award decided by the tribunal; and obstruct, host, detain, delay the COB or any authorised officer in his/her duty.

All the compounds are to be paid to the state government.

Meanwhile, KPKT has also introduced a media management system known as e-Media.

“The e-Media system, which is developed in-house, can save on costs and improve the work processes. The development of the system, if out-sourced, would cost us up to RM679,185,” Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said.

He added that the e-Media system enables the management of media statements in real time, responsive and transparent.