Residents want EGM

Residents of Gambier Heights Apartment in Penang are urging the Commissioner of Building (COB) to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) after the parcel owners claimed that they were not given the audited financial report by the Joint Management Body (JMB).

The apartment is located in Persiaran Bukit Gambier near Bukit Gelugor.

They claimed that matters arising at the second Annual General Meeting (AGM) were also not forwarded to them during their third AGM held on May 3 last year.

Teacher S.C. Tan, 45, said the EGM was needed to vote and endorse a licensed property manager to manage the overall operations and administration of the apartments.

“We were also not given the audited financial statements for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

“According to the Building and Common Property Act 2007 (Act 663), the EGM could be called if a quarter of parcel owners signed for it.

“We submitted the petition together with 202 signatures by parcel owners to COB requesting an EGM but was later informed that the request had been rejected.

“In their letter dated November 1, it was stated that the rejection was because 25 owners had withdrawn from the petition, three had duplicated their signatures and six were not parcel owners.

“This left us with 168 signatures. Hence, the petition was rejected,” she said after a meeting with the MPPP president Patahiyah Ismail at Komtar recently.

Engineering site supervisor Stephen Lee, 49, said there were 737 units in Gambier Heights Apartment and at least 185 signatures were required.

“The law is silent on whether it allows ‘withdrawal’ from petition or if it rejects the ‘add-on’ of signatures,” Lee said.

“If the COB had allowed the ‘withdrawal’ of those who are for the EGM, why can’t they allow the ‘add-on’ of signatures?” he asked.

Lee claimed that a decision would be made known after the COB’s meeting on April 13.

Patahiyah declined to comment when met after the meeting. - By The Star

1 comment

April 5, 2012 at 10:27 AMrobby

Robin There is a trend for management committees to control finances and resist audits.
I wish people to form a association of apartment dwellers not just at Gambier heights but all apartments where there is the presence of management committee which are professioanl estate firms and have a vested interest . Is there some movement I can join.
Owner from the Spring