Not a sen needed for roof repair

(From left) Jagdeep, Paramasivam, Law, Muhammad Razdman and residents giving the thumbs up to the free repair after the press conference in Jelutong, Penang.

RESIDENTS of Taman Medan Penaga Block 77 in Kampung Batu Lanchang, Jelutong, can rejoice following the state’s approval to fund 80% of the cost to replace their block’s leaky roof.

To add to their happiness, their state assemblyman Danny Law Heng Kiang will cover the remaining 20% for them.

State Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the state approved the residents’ application under the Maximum 80% Housing Maintenance Fund.

“The roofing replacement cost RM40,850. So the state government will pay RM32,680 while the Batu Lanchang assemblyman will foot the remaining RM8,170.

“The residents won’t need to come up with even one sen,” he said after handing the approval letter to the apartment’s management corporation recently.

Taman Medan Penaga Block 77 was built in 1997 and the repairs are expected to be completed in May.

Jagdeep said the state government has several maintenance funds for low and low medium- cost housing and recently extended the funds to cover apartment blocks costing RM150,000 per unit at the time of purchase.

“For public housing, we have some 50 schemes in Penang and since 2010 we had spent nearly RM31mil to upgrade and maintain all the public housing schemes.

“For private housing, we have approved 105 maintenance projects costing RM19mil,” he said.

Jagdeep also said on top of the 105 applications, another nine applications are pending.

“The nine new applications will cost an estimated RM1.5mil,” he said.

Jagdeep added that from the 105 projects, 54 were for the refurbishment and replacement of lifts, 28 for the refurbishment or replacement of water tanks, seven for roofings, and 16 for miscellaneous works such as repainting, road resurfacing and fence or wall repairs.

“For the latest nine applications, two are for roofs, four for lifts and three for water tanks,” he said.

Also present were Law, Taman Medan Penaga Block 77 residents association secretary T. Paramasivam and treasurer Muhammad Razdman Abdullah.

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