A STATE legislator has challenged the Federal Govern-ment to submit firm propo-sals to build affordable housing in Penang.
State Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said there was no concrete plans by PR1MA to build affordable housing despite its announcement.
“This is based on the minutes of the 68th local government national council meeting in Kuala Lumpur which was attended by state Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow on Jan 26.
“The document supplied by the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government stated that 12,074 housing units in three projects by PR1MA were pending approval by the Penang government.
“However, later that particular document had disappeared from the books.
“This confirm my theory that there was no concrete plan to build affordable housing by PR1MA,” he said.
Jagdeep said mere announcement of “plans” held no water.
“The Federal Government should show its commitment by submitting actual plans just like the private sector.”
He alleged that the Ministry of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government had also stated that were no plans whatsoever to build any PR1MA housing projects in the state in its reply to a written question by Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi.
“They only say the National Housing Department is implementing 231 housing units under the People’s Housing Projects in Kampung Tok Subuh, Seberang Prai, and plans to build 70 similar units in Mak Mandin,” he claimed.
Jagdeep hoped that an urgent clarification would be forthcoming so that third parties could not use PR1MA’s name to cheat house-buyers.