SHAH ALAM: Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) general manager Othman Omar has refuted allegations that the corporation has neglected projects that catered for the poor.
Referring to the issue of building a lavish condominium complex called Datum Jelatek in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Othman said PKNS had given more than enough compensation to residents who stayed in the area previously.
He said between RM250,000 and RM300,000 were given to former house owners while RM500,000 was given to those who previously owned shoplots there.
“Only 11 families refused to accept our compensation. The rest took the offer and have since bought bungalows and semi-detached houses,” he said.
“Some even bought several units in PKNS projects in Antara Gapi, Serendah and Bandar Baru Bangi,” Othman said after Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim took part in a ground-breaking ceremony to build low-cost houses here.
Othman claimed that the 11 families who took the matter to court had lost the case after the court ruled that PKNS paid the families compensation of not more than RM120,000.
Selangor Anti-Irregularities Federation (GAPS) had highlighted the building of Datum Jelatek in an area where mostly the underprivileged had been staying, stating that each unit at the condominium was being sold for between RM956,000 and RM11.6mil.
GAPS president Hamidzun Khairuddin had also slammed PKNS for concentrating only on high-end projects.
Meanwhile, Khalid reiterated that PKNS needed to focus on high-end projects in order to subsidise the construction of affordable homes for the poor.
He also said PKNS, despite being in the construction business for years, had failed to be on par with several developers that came into the business much later.
“PKNS has developed many projects in Kota Damansara, Kelana Jaya and others, but what most people do not know is that the corporation only handled 30% shares of such developments while the rest are managed by its partners, which are private companies,” he pointed out.
“If this is going to go on for long, PKNS will never become a highly reputable developer and the people will never gain confidence in the corporation.”
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