‘1Razak Man­sion proves govt cares about low-in­come group’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Ger­akan vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Do­minic Lau said the 1Razak Man­sion project was proof that the gov­ern­ment was lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple.

“1Razak Man­sion is a fine ex­am­ple of how the peo­ple with low and mod­er­ate in­comes are pro­vided hous­ing and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in the ur­ban area.

“If home own­er­ship con­tin­ues to re­main elu­sive, this would have led to pop­u­la­tion dis­place­ment and weak com­mu­ni­ties that lack equity devel­op­ment.

“The na­tion would not be able to un­leash the full hu­man po­ten­tial, in­clud­ing those who are strug­gling,” he said yesterday.

Lau said the gov­ern­ment treated Malaysians in a fair and eq­ui­table man­ner, as many Chi­nese res­i­dents had ben­e­fited from the 1Razak Man­sion project.

He said this was proof that the gov­ern­ment wanted to achieve ra­cial equity.

He said the gov­ern­ment could only pur­sue af­ford­able hous­ing if peo­ple had faith in the rul­ing coali­tion.

Lau re­minded the peo­ple not to be swayed by the op­po­si­tion, which re­jected what the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to do for them, much against the spirit of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism.

“This has pre­vented the few op­po­si­tion states from meet­ing the chal­lenges of ur­ban hous­ing.”

On Wed­nes­day, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak handed house keys to 557 res­i­dents, who were the orig­i­nal oc­cu­pants of Razak Man­sion flats in Jalan Sun­gai Besi here.

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

Each unit, with a mar­ket price of RM350,000, mea­sures 800 sq ft with three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and comes with one park­ing lot.

A to­tal of 101 Kuala Lumpur City Hall public hous­ing ten­ants will be of­fered a chance to buy a unit at 1Razak Man­sion for only RM42,000.

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

The project, jointly car­ried out with City Hall, cov­ers 13.4ha and com­prised three 18-storey blocks, fea­tur­ing 658 con­tem­po­rary res­i­den­tial units.

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