MoD staff learn about overseas strata title management procedures

|     James Kon     |

A TWO-DAY Strata Title Workshop organised by the Survey Department, Land Department and Brunei Institution of Geomatics is being held at the Betabur Hall of the Ministry of Development (MoD).

Attending the workshop’s opening ceremony yesterday was the Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar.

Also present were permanent secretaries, heads of departments and heads of divisions of the MoD.

Beginning yesterday, the workshop’s objective is to relay to MoD staff and departments the best practices in strata title handling procedures as carried out in other countries such as Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, and to discuss with them the challenges encountered in the implementation of strata titles.

A strata title is a title issued to each unit in a multi-storey building where permission to subdivide the building has been approved.

The Land Code (Strata) Act (Chapter 189) was introduced by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in 1999 and has been fully implemented since July 1, 2009.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar in a group photo with senior officials, organising committee members and invited speakers. – JAMES KON

The Act was enacted to allow people to own property in the form of units in building lots in Brunei Darussalam.

Four speakers from abroad specialising in strata titles management were invited to present papers at the workshop.

They are See Seng Guan from Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd, Singapore with his presentation entitled ‘The Characteristics of a Successful Management Corporation’; So Sun Sing from Association of Authorised Land Surveyors Malaysia (PEJUTA) with his presentation ‘Strata Title Act in Malaysia’; Mohd Azua bin Mohd Zain of the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM) with his talk ‘Subdivision of Building or Land: Rules and Conditions’; and Dr Nicole Johnston of Deakin University, Victoria, Australia with her talk ‘The Challenges Confronting Strata Title Properties and the Lessons Learned’.

A separate session will be held and made open for the public and other professionals in the field.