CHRISTOPHER TAN, CAVINA LIM, LOGEISWARY THEVADASS, R. SEKARAN, KHAIRANI QALBI and M. DARISHINNI MATHURA at the Penang State Assembly
PENANG government must act swiftly against developers who ‘abuse’ their way by not selling bumiputra housing units to bumiputras.
Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN-Teluk Air Tawar) said that she has received numerous complaints about such developers.
“Developers would say ‘no more units available’ because they do not want to give the ‘bumiputra discount’.
“There should be more concerted effort done by the state to monitor developers and make sure that the developers follow the guidelines,” Jahara told reporters during the tea break at the fourth term of 13th Penang State Assembly sitting yesterday.
She was responding to the newsarticle reported on the Auditor-General’s Report 2015, which reported that the managing of bumiputrahousing quota by the Penanggovernment was found to be unsatisfactory.
The report tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday , stated that although the state government had set 30% bumiputra quota for each housing development project, the audit carried out from August to November last year found bumiputra property ownership to be below the 30% target.
“Buyer status of bumiputra units were not verified, bumiputra units were sold to non-bumiputras before obtaining release from the authorities and the Penang Bumiputra Housing Trust funds were not utilised,” it said.
Jahara urged the state government to build more People’s Housing Projects (PPR) rather than focus on affordable housing projects, which cost up to RM300,000.
In a separate press conference later, state Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said Penang recorded between 10% and 15% bumiputra property ownership.
“We followed the guidelines of 30% bumiputra quota for each housing development project and otherprocedures.
“During application to the state to release the bumiputra units, developers must show that the development has achieved 80% and they have advertised at least four times in Bahasa Malaysia and English within six months.
“Only then, the state will consider to allow them to release the bumiputra units or not,” he said.
He said that the state had blacklisted several developers who did not comply with procedures related to release of the bumiputra units.
Jagdeep urged the banks to look into easing housing loans to potential house buyers.
He further explained that the Penang Bumiputra Housing Trust fund has about RM88mil, and the amount would be utilised to cross-subsidise bumiputra low medium-cost (LMC) projects, beginning with the 320bumiputra units in Jalan S.P. Chelliah, George Town.
Jagdeep said there were a total of 770 LMC units for the project in Jalan S.P. Chelliah.
“We will pay RM72,500 to thedeveloper and RM67,500 per unit to the local council, for being the land owner, and we will be the unit owner.
“The units will then be sold tobumiputras for only RM72,500 per unit with one free parking lot,” he said.