Living up to its reputation of delivering on its promises, the developer of The Haven Lakeside Residences handed over the sinking fund to the newly-formed Joint Management Committee (JMC) on Saturday, October 4 within the one-year period as stipulated under the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act 2007.

“The total in sinking fund and maintenance fees collected and remaining in the fund added up to a healthy balance of RM1.6 million. We’ve added various amenities to the development which was not originally included in the sales and purchase agreement and have even contributed maintenance fees for vacant unsold units,” said Peter Chan, Chairman and CEO of The Haven Sdn Bhd, the project developer.

During the inaugural annual general meeting of the JMC, General Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi bin Hj Zainuddin (Rtd) was voted in as Chairman. Tan Sri Zahidi was previously the Chief of Defence Forces Malaysia until his retirement and is currently the chairman of companies like Affin Holdings Berhad and Genting Plantations Berhad, as well as director in several other companies.

“What the developer has done for The Haven is unprecedented and I hope all the owners realise this. I am honoured to be elected Chairman of the JMC. I’ll look forward to sharing my military and corporate experiences with fellow residents so that The Haven will become the most peaceful and harmonious residence in the country, if not the region,” said Tan Sri Zahidi.

As a developer who believes in his own product, Chan has bought a unit for himself and by popular demand, was voted in as Deputy Chairman of the JMC.

While many strata-titled developments struggle to find owners to form a JMC to oversee the management of their properties, The Haven saw the eight committee posts hotly contested by 14 nominees who each gave an impromptu presentation.

“I am excited by all that is happening at The Haven which keeps growing from strength to strength with every new feature or amenity being added. The developer has done a lot for the owners. Their vision and commitment for the development remains its strongest asset besides the natural landscape,” said Steve Oh, a resident who was voted into the JMC as its secretary.

Other members of the JMC are: Amy Lau Siu Yin (assistant secretary), Cheah Eng Hooi (treasurer), Lee Hooi Hoong, Vincent Lee Yew Hock, Jim Chiang Leong Yeow and Gabriel Lew Kah Siang.

The Haven Lakeside Residences is the first luxury high-rise condominium project in Tambun, Ipoh, with a unique mix of residential and condotel units managed by international hotel operator Best Western Premier. Owners can opt to have their units leased to the hotel operator or for their own stay. The development is also the first of its kind to be built on the edge of a 280-million-year-old rainforest and facing a natural lake and limestone hills. To date, the development has garnered over 20 awards, both local and international – including for ‘Best Condominium in Malaysia’ and more recently for ‘Best Green Development in Malaysia’ at Southeast Asia Property Awards Malaysia 2014. It has also been nominated World Luxury Hotel Awards in three categories: Luxury Family All-Inclusive Hotel; Luxury Hotel – Best Scenic Environment; and Luxury Suite Hotel which decision will only be rendered in late 2015.