We refer to Mr Paul Chan's letter, "For the collective good in condos" (4 January 2013).
The Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (BMSMA) is aimed at facilitating self-governance by owners and residents and gives the Management Corporation (MC) flexibility to make decisions. The present system allows Subsidiary Proprietors (SP) the voting rights in a general meeting to elect council members of their choice to represent them. The council members are appointed yearly and may be re-appointed except the treasurer who is restricted to a 2-year term. All SPs can either vote in person or by proxy. This system allows SPs to take an active interest in the affairs of the MC and in participating in decision making to safeguard their own interests.
Regarding the use of sinking funds, we wish to highlight that the MC must pass proper resolutions at general meetings before funds can be used for improvement and upgrading works in the estate. It is also an existing requirement that minutes of council meetings are to be displayed on the notice board within seven days after the meeting.
We have received feedback on some of the concerns people have over the proxy system. This is one of the issues that BCA is reviewing as part of the on-going BMSMA review. We thank Mr Chan for his comments and suggestions which we will consider as part of the on-going review of the BMSMA.
Lim Chong Yong
Director, Building Management Department
Building and Construction Authority