This post is brought on by this comment by boyscout2B:
I am currently waiting for a collective action to be initiated by GCROA whether to withhold payment for the 4th Qtr’s maintenance fees. Our fearless leader (Johann lah) seems to be shy over this matter. Over to you Johann. Can we have a collective decision?
I can answer the question now, after the committee meeting last evening, and boyscout2b and some others will not be happy to learn that the Committee is generally not in favor of collective action to withhold payment for the 4th quarter. Instead the Committee would urge members to look ahead towards taking over the maintenance and security in GC under the umbrella of the GCROA. The Committee feels that is the best way forward for residents. If you disagree let us hear from you.
Many residents I’ve talked have asked whether there should be a reduction in the amount charged. That is understandable because we have lost the services of the gardening contractor epitomized by the tall thin Chinaman (Ah Ping). The truth is (and I have said this before), the amount that GCD collects from residents just about covers the payment to the company that provides the guards. In essence we are not overpaying and the past arrangement was possible because all other costs were being absorbed by GCD. The charges in GCD have thus been somewhat lower than in other comparable gated and guarded communities. This can be verified if you take the trouble to find out.
Having said that, I am also in agreement with those of you who believe we are not getting value for money. For example, at the main guardhouse we can can still residents using the left hand lane meant for visitors. Likewise visitors are using the right lane because that is so convenient for the driver to hand back the placard. Perisiaran Damar is prone to flooding when it rains because the drains are clogged with leaves. P2 boardwalk remans poorly lit at night. So if anyone feels that he/she will not pay until things get better, I can understand that. I even join you in that regard. So I hope boyscout2b can see I am by no means shy.
The GCROA has been granted verbal approval (waiting for the hard copy!) by the Registrar of Societies Malaysia to set up a company that will be registered under the Companies Act (i.e. a Sendirian Berhad). I have been told we are the first RA allowed to do such a thing and it will help us save some hefty management fees that the GCROA (in other words all the residents) will have to pay if an outside management company were to be hired.
The company will be wholly owned by the GCROA and its purpose is to manage the security and maintenance aspects of this community. Its board of directors shall include members of the Committee (perhaps 3) and non-Committee members (perhaps 2) whom you may nominate to give a cross spectrum of representation.
Please note that this does not mean we will definitely go ahead with this proposal because getting the ROS approval only means we can now take it to the next level of discussion with GCD where there a quite a number of nuts and bolts to be sorted out. When things are finalized and the financial implications are known, all members will be provided with information so you can vote on the matter. It will not happen unless it is approved by the members in general meeting.