More aid for housing scheme upkeep

Residents of Taman Dato Syed Abbas apartments in Jalan Jelutong using the newly replaced lift. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE state government will apply for RM17.4mil from the Federal Government under its new Malaysia Home Maintenance Fund (TPPM).

State housing, town, country planning and local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said both public and private housing schemes were eligible to apply for TPPM.

He said the fund could be used for repairing and replacement of faulty water tanks and reticulation system, roofing, staircases and handrails as well as other damaged basic infrastructure in common areas.

The fund also covers maintenance and replacement of lifts and sanitary pipes as well as repainting of buildings and fences in the area.

“We have just received notification from the Federal Government about the new fund.

“All public housing schemes are eligible for TPPM while private housing schemes with principal price of less than RM80, 000 are also eligible for the programme.

“Under TPPM, the Federal Government will bear 100% of the expenses.

“Only maintenance work costing above RM50, 000 will be taken into consideration.

Jagdeep (pointing) and Rayer (long-sleeved white shirt) visiting the storm-hit Kampung Masjid Hashim Yahaya in Penang.Jagdeep (pointing) and Rayer (long-sleeved white shirt) visiting the storm-hit Kampung Masjid Hashim Yahaya in Penang.

“Priority will be given to schemes under the care of Joint Management Committees and Management Corporations, ” he said.

Jagdeep was speaking to reporters after witnessing the completion of the lift replacement at Taman Dato Syed Abbas apartments in Jalan Jelutong.

“The lift replacement work cost RM244, 360 under the State Housing Maintenance Maximum 80% Fund (TMP80PP).

“To date, the state government and local authorities have spent RM228.3mil on maintenance work at public and eligible private housing schemes, ” he said.

Jagdeep also advised residents to make prompt maintenance payments to fund their buildings’ general operating costs.

Also present were Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim and Taman Dato Syed Abbas apartments Joint Management Committee chairman Sheik Mujibu Rahamn Ilyas.

Jagdeep, who is also Datuk Keramat assemblyman, and Rayer also gave out RM2, 400 financial aid to three families who were affected by a storm at Kampung Dodol and Kampung Masjid Hashim Yahaya recently.

He said the money was meant for them to repair their homes.

Among the recipients was taxi driver Mohamad Ali Abdul Najid, 52, who said the money would help alleviate his burden.

“We were woken up by a very loud noise, ” he said about the storm.

“We realised that a tree had fallen on the roof above my children’s room.

“Luckily my children were not at home then, ” he added.

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