Use RM800mil to build houses, council told

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Jul 2011

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) has been told to put to better use the RM800mil for a proposed one-stop centre in Jelutong and not waste taxpayers’ money on mega projects.

“Rather than spending such a huge sum on infrastructure, the money can be better channelled to socio-economic needs like affordable housing for the poor,” Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohd Idris said.

“The proposed project in Jalan S.P. Chelliah, which is in the heart of Jelutong, is also not feasible in view of the rising cost of living,” he said.

Idris said for its administrative needs, the council should consider using the empty office lots in Komtar or abandoned buildings here.

Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi and MPPP president Patahiyah Ismail seemed to be at loggerheads over the announcement of the proposed one-stop centre.

The MPPP’s public relations office issued a statement denying that Patahiyah had made the announcement but this prompted Ooi to express his unhappiness over the management of information.

Ooi said Patahiyah should take full responsibility for her announcement.

He said the statement was made by her during a monthly council meeting which she had chaired and it was also widely reported by the Chinese dailies.

On Monday, Ooi said the proposal had baffled him as the RM800mil cost was equivalent to the state’s annual budget.

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