Penang hoping for fair treatment on housing

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020

THE Penang government is hopeful that the newly formed Government will approve its applications for the People’s Housing Project (PPR) and the Malaysia Home Maintenance Fund.

Of the 137 applications submitted to the Local Government and Housing Ministry, 39 were approved while the approval of 98 is still pending.

“We hope that the 39 approved schemes costing RM23mil will be carried out as the state has started work by calling for tenders and appointing contractors.

“I have also asked the state Housing Department to write to the ministry once the new Cabinet is announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“We hope they’ll consider approving the remaining 98 applications which will cost about RM78mil, ” said state local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo during a press conference at Komtar.

Jagdeep said he hoped the newly formed government would give fair treatment to Penang.

“Housing is a fundamental right of all humans.

“The new Prime Minister did say that he is a prime minister for all Malaysians, ” he said, adding that for the last 22 months when Pakatan Harapan was in power, there was positive development where housing was concerned.

Jagdeep also said that the ministry had announced that new PPR projects would be carried out at 14 new locations.

“The state has identified five sites totalling 72 acres (29ha) for the PPR projects.

“We will also get feedback from the Federal Government on whether the new PPR projects would include the five plots we have identified in Penang, ” he said.

He added that the state was also awaiting feedback from the ministry on other projects such as the Rent-to-Own (RTO) projects as announced by former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, federal affordable housing scheme, Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Project and urban regeneration schemes, especially on the amendment of the Strata Title Act.

“We hope the Government will take into consideration that with or without the amendment, we need to move on as we have many buildings which are more than 50 years old, ” he added.

Also present at the press conference were several assemblymen and state housing director Ainul Fadhilah Samsudi.

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