THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) raided the Joint Management Body (JMB) of two apartment developments in Taman Kosas, Ampang, seizing relevant documents to facilitate investigations into alleged missing funds, during a joint operation.
This was following a complaint signed by 20 residents claiming that maintenance funds totalling RM70,000 had gone missing.
A team of 20 enforcement officers from MPAJ as well as the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) Strata Management branch, turned up at the JMB office and seized the documents after the JMB ignored repeated requests from MPAJ for the documents.
MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said the council’s commissioner of building (COB) had received a letter from residents on the matter on Oct 18 last year.
“On Nov 30, the council asked the JMB to clarify the matter in 14 days, but they did not cooperate.
“We also made three visits to the apartment, but we did not manage to get the documents we wanted,” he said during a press conference at the apartment.
“The complaints included the lack of maintenance of the building, resulting in faulty lifts, and that the JMB failed to submit audited financial statement to MPAJ’s COB since 2013.
“The JMB has also not held its annual general meeting, which is required under the law,” he said.
The operation was conducted under the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757).
The raid was focused on one condominium and six blocks of middle-cost apartments, totalling 520 units.
Each unit is charged a sinking fund of between RM96 and RM183 for condominiums, and between RM9 and RM18 for apartments, monthly.
During the operation, MPAJ requested several documents including bank statements, sinking funds collection reports, expenses and payment reports, bank-in slips, financial reports, ageing lists and minutes of meetings.
“The JMB cooperated, and we will investigate the matter further.
“If there is a case of misappropriation of funds, we will pass it to the police,” Abdul Hamid said.
A JMB representative, who was present during the operation, said the JMB planned to call for a press conference soon to clarify the issue.