Commitment to the community

A non-strata gated-and-guarded development often looks nice and well-kept when the property developer is maintaining the surroundings. But what happens when the local authorities or residents take over? There is no assurance that the place will be just as well-maintained as when the developer was taking care of the facilities and public areas.

For property developer Gamuda Land, it does not see its role end even after the handing over of public infrastructure to the local councils. Rather, it feels that it has an even more crucial responsibility to ensure that its developments continue to be maintained well.

“Our commitment to our community is that we will always have our presence wherever we go. We have in place our Gamuda Land Property Services team that is always on ground with the community to ensure the development is well-maintained.

“After the handover, it doesn’t mean that we can just wash our hands and escape from our responsibility. We will be acting as a bridge to connect the residents and the local council to resolve any issues,” says Gamuda Land executive director Datuk Abdul Sahak Safi.

Over at Horizon Hills in Johor, for instance, the developer has been working closely with the residents to manage the township and it has no intention to stop doing so, even after the township’s public infrastructure is handed over to the authorities in the future. In fact, one of the precincts, The Hills Precinct at Horizon Hills, received a Special Mention at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards 2018.

Located at the highest point of Horizon Hills, The Hills Precinct is one of 11 residential precincts at the 1,200-acre township which is being jointly developed with UEM Sunrise Bhd. The gated precinct was completed last year and is a non-strata residential development spanning over 75 acres. It consists of 558 units of linked, cluster and bungalow homes.

“We have set up a residents’ committee (RC) and our township management team has been working closely with the RC right from the beginning, working on tightening house rules, processes, building relationship with the authorities, etc. The team is always contactable whenever the RC needs assistance and is always willing to lend a hand,” Abdul Sahak says.

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