Don't play favourites, Sharir tells politicians

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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: Politicians and government officers should place the people’s interest before their own and not favour their friends or associates when awarding contracts, said Johor Baru Umno division chief Datuk Shahrir Samad. 

He said it was particularly important when it came to crucial infrastructure development like housing. 

“Even if the house is low or medium-low cost, it must be a home that is liveable for families,” he said at his division’s Hari Raya open house celebration yesterday. 

In the case of new flats to replace those at Bukit Chagar and Jalan Lumba, which would make way for the development of the new CIQ complex, he said they should not be 20-storeys high. 

“Previous experience has taught us the negative impact such high-rise have on residents,” he said.  

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who was at the function, said the new flats, to be built on land awarded by the Sultan of Johor and the state, would be low-rise with facilities even though they were meant for rent.  

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