PETALING JAYA: The National House Buyers Association of Malaysia (HBA) has stressed that any rules approved by a building’s management must be subservient and consistent with the local authority law in that area.
Commenting on the issue of dogs in condominiums, HBA Honorary Secretary-General Chang Kim Loong said different local councils had different laws on keeping dogs in high-rise buildings.
Therefore, these laws of local authorities would decide whether a person was allowed to keep a dog or not.
“If a building’s management says that dogs are not allowed to be kept as pets in a certain condo, even though the local council allows it, then that building management’s rules don’t hold water.
“It is just like how some condos pass racially-discriminatory rules and regulations forbidding homeowners from renting out their units to Africans. This cannot be enforced.”
Chang also noted that local authority laws must also be adhered to in condos which allowed dogs to be kept.
He said if a local authority did not permit dogs to be kept in high-rise buildings, and a person kept a dog even though the building’s management allowed it, then the owner of the dog would be breaking the law and action could be taken against him.
A check by FMT on the websites of some local authorities revealed different rulings on the matter of keeping dogs.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) allows only nine specific small dog breeds to be kept in high-rise buildings on the condition that the building’s JMB and MC allowed it.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) do not allow dogs to be kept above the ground floor of a high-rise building.
A check with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) revealed that the council did not allow dogs to be kept in high-rise buildings.
Here's kaytee's opinion, bearing in mind I'm a dog lover who has kept dogs over a number of years including two very agile Border Collies, a German Shepherd as well as no-breed (mongrel) dogs, (future: possibly a Dalmatian or a Labrador but not yet) ...
... but I have not and do not tolerate stray dogs (possibly diseased) being left alone to roam around villages and suburbs as they wish, as Penang so-called dog lovers have unreasonably demanded, to potentially menace and bite people especially elders and children nd defecate all over.
My belief and indeed conviction: Put them under restraint (in a fenced dog park which means they have to be fed), prepare and give them away for adoption (which means they will be looked after) or cull them, full stop. There is no room for wild stray dogs in our society.
Now, as for dogs in condominium, please DON'T.
It's cruel to both the dogs and your neighbours.
Dogs need to roam around freely and confining them in one's own flat or apartment or whatever you may wish to call your residence, is unduly cruel to the animal.
Even in a bungalow type of house, meaning your house sits in a garden, be very cautious of the type of dog you want to have - the bigger the dog is (German Shepherd) the bigger the garden should be.
Think also of your neighbours, both in a condominium or bungalow. Your dog needs to poo and the odour can be very offensive. Loose dog hairs abound, and the worse, the dog's possible incessant barking, yapping or howling.
For those who want to keep dogs, there are lots and lots of responsibilities, expenses and social considerations. Be mindful of these before you start, or you'll end up discarding the poor canine.
Additionally in Malaysia or Australia or the USA, do not take doggie for a ride in a supermarket trolley, because it's bloody unhygienic for the food stuff you have loaded in the trolley, to you and subsequent users.