Posted on Jul 14, 2019

Veon Szu & Kok Thye (George Town Office)

f the management corporation of your condominium refused to enforce the bylaws, can you seek help from the Strata Management Tribunal (SMT) compelling the management corporation to do so?

In this case, the SMT dismissed my client's case on the ground that the matter had become academic since the committees concerned have all stepped down by the time my client's claim came up for hearing. Dissatisfied, my client instructed us to file judicial review against the said award given by the learned chairman of the SMT.

The parties raised various issues concerning the application of the Strata Management act 2013 at the hearing before Penang High Court. Having considered both parties' oral and written submissions, Penang High Court granted certiorari quashing the Award of the SMT and remitted my client's claim back to the SMT to be heard before another Tribunal Chairman.

The learned High Court Judge's parting remarks:
"Ini adalah suatu kes yang jelas di mana Tribunal telah gagal memahami fakta, isu, undang-undang, menilai keterangan dan membuat keputusan yang salah. Nampaknya, Tribunal tidak menghargai prinsip pematuhan kepada undang-undang sehingga Tribunal sendiri pun tidak patuh kepada undang-undang."
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