TELUK INTAN: About two weeks after Barisan Nasional wrested this constituency from the Opposition, it will get 5,000 affordable homes and a university branch campus.
Announcing the building of the affordable homes under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Scheme (PR1MA), the Prime Minister said this was proof of Barisan’s sincerity in bringing socio-economic development to Teluk Intan and its nearby constituencies.
“Many were of the assumption that Barisan would lose in the recent by-election but with the support and belief of our voters, the coalition has proven itself and shown that we are the people’s choice.
“Do not belittle this win by Barisan because Datuk Mah Siew Keong is not a ‘short-term’ MP. With him, we will make sure Teluk Intan remains within Barisan’s fold,” said Najib at the Dataran Menara Condong yesterday.
On May 31, Barisan regained the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat from DAP after its candidate Mah, who is also Gerakan president, defeated DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud with a 238 vote-majority.
Najib said Barisan won because many had felt that the ruling coalition would bring about changes and greater development to Teluk Intan.
“I am here today to thank our voters as well as to let them know that Barisan does fulfil its promises.
“As voters here have expressed their wishes for an institution of higher learning, the Government will set up a Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris branch to train teachers in vocational and technical subjects.”
Hinting that Mah would be made minister, Najib also assured voters that he would work on setting aside RM5mil to fulfil other Barisan election pledges.
PR1MA chairman Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis said the scheme would be developed on a 202ha land in Changkat Jong belonging to Koperasi Pegawai-Pegawai Melayu Malaysia Bhd.
“We will build 1,000 single-storey terrace homes initially. Building plans for the first 1,000 units will be submitted to the relevant authorities as early as next month. We hope to start construction by next year with an 18-month targeted completion time frame,” he said.
To ensure that the homes were truly affordable, Jamaluddin said the price for each unit should not exceed RM150,000.
“The new Upsi branch campus will be located within the scheme. The state government is also trying to get the International Trade and Industry Ministry’s assistance to create an industrial area there so as to boost job opportunities,” he said, adding that PR1MA aimed to build 30,000 affordable homes in Perak such as Ipoh, Taiping, Slim River and Tanjung Malim.