Joy for res­i­dents of 1Razak Man­sion

They get new homes twice the size of their old ones and strata ti­tles with 99-year lease

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FER­NANDO FONG KUALA LUMPUR kee.soon@nst.com.my

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak handed over keys to orig­i­nal oc­cu­pants of the Razak Man­sion flats in Jalan Sungei Besi here yes­ter­day.

The pub­lic hous­ing scheme un­der­went a com­plete re­de­vel­op­ment un­der the 1Razak Man­sion project, which started in 2014.

Each new unit mea­sures 800 sq feet, with two or three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms, and comes with one park­ing lot.

Na­jib com­mended de­vel­oper Impianika Devel­op­ment Sdn Bhd, led by its ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Datuk Seri Jeff Lee, for com­plet­ing the project nine months ahead of sched­ule and en­sur­ing that res­i­dents were given strata ti­tles with a 99-year lease.

The re­main­ing lease was only 40 years pre­vi­ously and res­i­dents did not have strata ti­tles.

It was a mem­o­rable mo­ment for Na­jib as he had of­fi­ci­ated the project’s ground­break­ing.

“The old units only mea­sured 399 sq feet to 504 sq feet. Some have two bed­rooms, some only one. Res­i­dents will now get to en­joy a spa­cious 800 sq feet unit.

“The price of each unit was RM60,000 to RM80,000, but now, the new units are worth at least RM350,000,” Na­jib said.

He said this was not just an­other pub­lic hous­ing scheme, but was a medium-cost con­do­minium project.

He said res­i­dents told him they were very happy, adding that they also had ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties such as an air-con­di­tioned hall, surau and shops.

“The huge im­prove­ment be­tween the old units and the new is like night and day.”

Con­struc­tion of the Razak Man­sion be­gan in 1963. It was launched in 1967 by Na­jib’s fa­ther, Tun Ab­dul Razak Hus­sein, who was then deputy prime min­is­ter.

Na­jib de­liv­ered more good news to res­i­dents when he an­nounced that they need not pay for main­te­nance and sink­ing fund for two years as the de­vel­oper would bear the cost.

Be­sides that, 101 Kuala Lumpur City Hall pub­lic hous­ing ten­ants would be of­fered a chance to buy a unit at 1Razak Man­sion for only RM42,000.

Na­jib also told the de­vel­oper to ex­tend the re­lo­ca­tion pe­riod for res­i­dents to two months. The de­vel­oper would bear the re­lo­ca­tion cost of RM3,000 for 557 Razak Man­sion res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­vel­oper, the project, which was jointly car­ried out with City Hall, cov­ered 13.4ha and com­prised three 18-storey blocks with 658 con­tem­po­rary res­i­den­tial units.

Na­jib said the project showed that the gov­ern­ment pri­ori­tised hous­ing for the peo­ple.

He said the gov­ern­ment had car­ried out many hous­ing ini­ta­tives, such as the well-re­ceived Dasar Rumah Wi­layah Perseku­tuan to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing to city folk, Civil Ser­vants’ Hous­ing Project, 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Pro­gramme and Pub­licPri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP).

He de­scribed PPP as a four­pronged strat­egy in which ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment could take place.

“Razak Man­sion used to be re­garded as an ur­ban shanty and an eye­sore, but to­day, thanks to the PPP con­cept, it has been trans­formed,” Na­jib said.

He thanked res­i­dents for not ob­ject­ing to the project, say­ing they were now re­warded for their faith in the project.

Page 1 pic: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak with res­i­dents of Razak Man­sion who re­ceived mock keys to their new homes at 1Razak Man­sion in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. With him are Impianika Devel­op­ment Sdn Bhd ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Datuk Seri Jeff Lee (sev­enth from left) and Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Ab­dul Aziz (fifth from left).

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