Red tape cut for land title
22/09/2003 The Star By Jacobus Raj
GATED community schemes are the latest trend in housing development in
Malaysia, with more and more developers building such communities.
Unfortunately, legislation still does not exist to cater fully to these
schemes and this was one of the main issues dealt with at a recent seminar
on Gated Communities organised by the Department of Land and Mines and the
Association of Authorised Land Surveyors.
Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperative Development Dr Tan Kee Kwong
opened the seminar. In his speech, Dr Tan said gated communities already
existed overseas and that more and more local developers were trying to
create such projects. He added that the main problem dealt with the
issuance of land titles for those living in such schemes.
He said the seminar had been organised after a fact-finding mission led by
Department of Land and Mines director general Datuk Ismail Dolah Harun to
Western Australia where he visited the Department of Land Information to
learn more about the Australian experience with gated communities.
Dr Tan addressing delegates at the seminar on Gated Community Schemes.
Speaking to the press after the launch, Ismail said the seminar aimed to
generate suggestions and proposals from all participants so that
amendments could be made to the Strata Title Act 1985 to cater to new
concepts brought about by gated communities.
Association of Authorised Land Surveyors president Chan Hun Seok explained
that in a gated community, buyers owned their individual units but the
facilities were shared and maintained by a maintenance corporation.
Dr Tan also advised those living in apartments and other high-rise
dwellings to apply for their strata titles as soon as possible to identify
themselves as the legal owners of their units. He said the ministry had
taken steps to reduce the red tape involved in such applications,
including the installation of a RM200 million computerised Land
He added that the ministry had issued new equipment to 107 sites,
including land offices throughout the country, as part of its modernising
efforts. He said a proper system of registration was important as land was
not only an asset to the country but also fundamental to development.
Speakers at the one-day seminar included two representatives from the
Department of Land Information, Western Australia, Charles Noble and Ken
Alexander, who presented papers on Australia's Experience with Strata
Concepts for Community Titles and Surveying Requirements for Community