SHAH ALAM: After two decades of waiting, 987 settlers under the Green Revolution Programme (Phases 2 and 3) can finally set foot into their new homes at Laman Haris, Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam near here after receiving the keys to their new homes at an event here Sunday (Feb 16).
The settlers, who came with their family members, were handed the keys to their homes by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Also present at the event were Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad and Deputy Rural Development Minister Sivarasa Rasiah.
"The settlers who are here today are very emotional as they have waited for their homes for two decades, and more than 300 of them have passed away, while some others came today in wheelchairs," Azmin said.
The Economic Affairs Minister recalled that in the year 2000, the state government approved land ownership to the settlers but the two property developers failed to develop the land as promised.
"In 2014, when I was Mentri Besar, the settlers came to see me, together with lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah and the incumbent Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad to find a resolution to the issue.
"I decided that the state government would not seize the land as ownership had been handed to the settlers.
"We wanted to see how we could fulfil the promise to the settlers, and among them was to pay compensation amounting to RM44mil, which was paid to the settlers by the developers before development works started," said the Gombak MP, who visited a unit of the settlers during the event.
Azmin advised settlers against selling their property due to the complete infrastructure and facilities provided in the area, such as a recreational area, mosques, schools and other houses of worship.
"I believe the housing value in the area will continue to rise, and that is why we advise settlers who have received these houses for free, based on the value of their land at the time, against selling off their houses."
Azmin said of the 13,000 units that will be built in the Eco Grandeur project, 40% will be affordable homes, providing a good opportunity for the M40 and B40 groups to own a house with good infrastructure and facilities.
Meanwhile, Amirudin lauded the openness and collaboration of the government and a credible property developer, EcoWorld, for prioritising the needs of the people in finding a viable solution to the settler's problem.
"Despite the project receiving resistance by many parties in the past, the Eco Grandeur project has been successful due to the collaboration between the government, developer and the rakyat," Amirudin said.
A settler, Normah Samin, said she had mixed feelings after being handed the keys to her new home due to the loss of her husband a year ago.
"I'm happy and grateful to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Datuk Seri Amirudin for their efforts in resolving the abandoned project.
"However, I am saddened that my husband could not be here with me, because we've waited so many years to move into the new house together," she said.
Under the programme, each settler is entitled to a three bedroom double-storey terrace house with a built-up of 1,750 sq feet.
The development value of each unit is estimated to be at RM250,000, and the completed property value is more than RM500,000 per unit.
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