Subsidiary proprietors should ensure proxies act in their interest

The Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act provides a framework to allow management corporations, which comprise all subsidiary proprietors within a development, to manage their estates ("How much authority do AGM proxy forms afford?" by Mr Koh Kong Chia; Nov 23).

Under this framework, any subsidiary proprietor can appoint a proxy to represent him at a general meeting, as well as vote in the election of council members, if he is unable to do so in person.

Every subsidiary proprietor who appoints a proxy must do so in writing.

The Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act does not impose restrictions on the number of proxies a person can hold.

We are currently reviewing possible enhancements to the proxy system.

All this notwithstanding, all subsidiary proprietors should be prudent when appointing proxies, to ensure that those appointed are able to act in their best interests.

We encourage all subsidiary proprietors to attend general meetings personally so that they can discuss and vote on matters concerning their estate in the collective interest of their management corporations.

Lim Chong Yong

Director

Building Management Department

Building Plan and Management Group

Building and Construction Authority

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2016, with the headline 'Subsidiary proprietors should ensure proxies act in their interest'. Print Edition | Subscribe