New gated and guarded community guidelines applied with immediate effect

KUALA LUMPUR: New guidelines for gated and guarded communities will now be applied on all new applications for such schemes, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

According to various press reports, he said the new guidelines which were approved by the National Council for Local Government will cover the definition and standards of a gated community.

Some examples of stipulations under the new guidelines are a certain height for fences as well as a permanent house guards with security guards continuously patrolling the perimeter, said Muhyiddin.

Nonetheless, boom gates and guard posts must be erected as temporary structures should local authorities require their removal on the grounds that they are unsuitable, he said.

He added that residents of guarded communities cannot prevent access by non-residents to schools or playgrounds through their housing area.

The guidelines did not set a standard security charge for residents.

He said current gated schemes may continue to use their barricades and or guards as long as they do not inconvenience residents. Problems arising must be dealt with by local authorities, he added.

A by-law will later be formulated under existing laws such as the Strata Titles Act and Street, Drainage and Building Act to empower local authorities to deal with non-compliant parties, he said.
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