Concern over gated housing projects
20/08/2004 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will look into the social impact of
gated housing projects, said Housing and Local Government Minister
Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
He said people should not jump to conclusions about such projects,
adding there were pros and cons to be studied.
“We will have to look into whether the projects will create social
apartheid in the community,” he said after attending The Edge’s Top
Property Developers Awards 2004 at the Courtyard Garden at Damansara
Heights here yesterday.
The proliferation of gated housing estates, especially in the urban
areas, has caused concern among some people who see it as a form of
Most of the gated housing estates have perimeter fencing and guarded
Ong said some gated communities were initiated by residents of
particular housing areas.
“They have a right to come together,” he said.
Commenting on a separate matter, Ong said the ministry would
continue to look at ways to amend the Housing Developers Act to
ensure the housing industry was well regulated.
He said the areas being looked into include expanding the power and
scope of the Housing Tribunal.
“We want to ensure developers have sufficient paid-up capital and
submit reports of their developments every six months,” he said.
He said the housing industry had been relatively free of trouble
since the act was amended in 2001.
Ong also said blacklisted companies or directors of companies had to
rectify their mistakes before they were given licences to undertake
“We have a list with the licensing division (of the ministry). They
should not be in the market to give more problems to buyers,” he