We agree with Ms Estella Young (“Safety or aesthetics? Consider compromise”, 4 April) that safety is very important.
We would like to clarify that the prescribed by-laws under the Building Maintenance (Strata Management) Regulations states that a Subsidiary Proprietor (SP) shall not be prevented from installing any locking or other safety device/structure (i.e. safety features) to improve safety within that lot or any features to prevent harm to children. The SP usually refers to the owner of the individual unit. Where the developer or Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) has in place a set of design guidelines for the installation of such device or structures for the residential development, the unit owner must ensure that such installations are consistent with these guidelines. If he wishes to install safety features of other designs, he/she should consult the developer or Management Corporation before doing so.
BCA will remind all MCSTs again to consider this issue seriously in the interest of addressing the safety concerns of residents, particularly those with young children. The MCST could introduce relevant design guidelines for adoption by the residents to ensure uniformity in appearance of safety features with the rest of the building.
Teo Orh Hai
Director, Building Plan and Advertisement Licensing Department
Building and Construction Authority