News: New Rules For Shah Alam Residents Who Want To Turn Their Neighbourhoods Into Gated-And-Guarded Communities

Jul 10, 2018

The Shah Alam City Council has introduced new rules for communities who want to turn their neighbourhood into a gated-and-guarded area in a bid to avoid untoward incidents, reported The Star.

For instance, barricades can only be placed on entryways between midnight and 6am, but there should be no obstruction outside of this period. A guard needs to be posted at the barricade while it is being used in case of emergencies, but they are not allowed to confiscate motorists’ MyKad or other important documents.

Residents are also not permitted to fence their neighbourhood unless it is near a highway or a drain.

“If there is a need to fence up the area, residents will have to apply to change the land status to strata but this means all maintenance work will be their responsibility instead of the council’s,” said City Councillor Foong Saik Hoong.

This also means that the community will be responsible for garbage collection and road maintenance.

Aside from that, 75 percent of residents need to approve the installation of manual boom gates, but all must give their consent if they want to set-up an automated access card system.

These requires high approvals as the implementation of a gated and guarded scheme among residential projects have previously resulted in fights among residents.

“The conflict often happens with individuals who have personal agendas,” Foong added.

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