PCM: The rich are staying at LMC units


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  • Friday, 07 Oct 2016

GEORGE TOWN: Imagine seeing a Honda HRV, Toyota Altis or a BMW superbike, each priced at more than RM100,000, parked at a low-medium-cost (LMC) apartment block in Bukit Gambier.

If the vehicles belonged to the house owners, then each of those vehicles is pricier than the RM72,500 LMC unit, says Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan.

He believed that several LMC units at the block are being occupied by unqualified people.

Under the state housing policy, he said such units are meant for those with a household income of not more than RM3,500. Owners are not allowed to rent out the units or turn them into homestays.

“I am surprised to see expensive cars and motorcycles parked at the LMC apartments. Do these residents deserve to stay at this place?.

“Many deserving applicants are still on the list to secure low-cost and LMC units.

“We will lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission on the matter,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

The Star had earlier reported that almost half of the 780 units in Tower A and Tower B were rented out as alleged by a resident in February this year. A unit owner claimed that many owners began leasing out their units once the CFs for occupation were obtained for Tower A in October 2013 and Tower B in April 2014.

It was also reported that the state government had extended the mora­torium on the subsequent sale of low and low-medium-cost housing units to 10 years from the principal purchase.

In one case, they found two cars and three superbikes bearing the same registration number plates.

“The three bikes alone amounted to more than RM237,000,” he said, adding that the bikes are a BMW Motorrad GS superbike worth RM114,900, a Triumph Street Triple superbike (RM53,900) and a KTM 1050 Adventure superbike (RM68,888).

Huan said he was also surprised that many LMC units there were available for rent or for sale on many online property portals.

“These units are not supposed to be leased or sold. We hope state housing exco member Jagdeep Singh Deo can explain this to the people,” he said.

Jagdeep said he would get his housing department officers to look into the matter.





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