Jinjang folk want low-cost flats project to resume

Yee (second from left) says residents hope the project can resume soon to avoid further delays.

RESIDENTS of Jinjang Selatan Tambahan in Kepong are urging Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to ensure construction work on the low-cost flats being built for them will resume soon.

The project that started earlier last year has been stalled for almost four months now, with no signs of new activity at the site.

Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping said residents were worried that the work stoppage would delay completion of the project, which was scheduled for late 2023.

“We hope the mayor Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah can look into the issue and review the development.

“Residents are anxious to move in as they are currently renting elsewhere, ” he said.

The residents’ original houses were demolished in 2017 and they were asked to relocate to make way for a mixed development project.

The developer then promised to build replacement flats for them at the 30ha site.

First-generation families were offered a one-off ex-gratia payment of RM1,000 and a monthly allowance of RM700 as well as a free 900sq ft unit at the completed flats.

The developer offered second-generation families a one-off ex-gratia payment of RM3,000 and an 800sq ft unit for RM200,000.

Yee said the developer, when contacted, informed him that the management was still deciding on the number of units to be built for the first and second-generation families.

“This should not be happening as the developer should have worked out all the details in the building plan, ” he said, noting that piling works had been done at the site.

He expressed worry that the project completion might be pushed back another three to four years if work did not restart soon.

“Many residents are renting elsewhere in the city while waiting for the project to complete.

“They have to fork out additional expenses and the monthly allowance from the developer is insufficient to cover their monthly rental cost.

“If this project is delayed, it would mean that they would have to rent for a lot longer, which would burden them financially, ” he added.

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