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17 July 2020
On 10 June 2020 the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) released a circular on the standard operating protocols (SOPs)(1) for the strata management sector, effective during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.(2) A series of FAQs (RMCO FAQs)(3) by the KPKT has since been made available on the KPKT's website. This article highlights the KPKT's strata SOPs and FAQs applicable during the Controlled Movement Control Order (CMCO) which continue to apply for the duration of the RMCO.(4)
The key changes to the previous strata SOPs and FAQs are as follows:
The SOPs for physical meeting are as follows.
Before the meeting, the following applies:
At the meeting, the following applies:
After the meeting, the following applies:
While the conditions imposed are well intended and aim to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, the legality of certain conditions (eg, the mandatory requirements to download and activate the MySejahtera app) imposed relating to attendance and participation at meetings are questionable as they are not provided for under the Strata Management Act 2013.
Further, the compulsory use of the MySejahtera app presumes that every individual owns a smartphone and is sufficiently well versed in IT to be able to download and use the app. This premise may not hold true, especially for many senior citizens. In this regard, the recording of attendance through the use of a paper-based register would achieve the same objective. Further, certain individuals may be of the view that the MySejahtera app impinges on their privacy. Therefore, the use of this tracing app should be made optional rather than mandatory.
For further information on this topic please contact Jocelyn Yean Tse Lim or Jeremiah Ch'ng at SKRINE by telephone (+60 3 2081 3999) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The SKRINE website can be accessed at www.skrine.com.
(1) The full text of the KPKT's SOPs is available here.
(3) The full text of the KPKT's FAQs is available here.
(4) Further information on the CMCO is available here.
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