Pe­nang govt ‘ma­nip­u­lat­ing’ hous­ing fig­ures, says Ger­akan

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Pe­nang Ger­akan has ac­cused the state gov­ern­ment of “ma­nip­u­lat­ing” fig­ures on low-cost hous­ing units in the state to show that it has built more units com­pared with the pre­vi­ous Barisan Na­sional-led ad­min­is­tra­tion.

State Ger­akan pub­lic­ity bureau chief Ooi Zhi Yi said the fig­ures given by the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment were in­ac­cu­rate and con­tra­dicted the date pro­vided by the Na­tional Prop­erty In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (Napic).

He said the data ob­tained from Napic showed that be­tween the third quar­ter of 2002 and the first quar­ter of 2008, the pre­vi­ous BN-led ad­min­is­tra­tion had built 13,112 low-cost hous­ing units, av­er­ag­ing 2,384 units a year.

He said the data showed that be­tween the sec­ond quar­ter of 2008, when the then Pakatan Rakyat as­sumed power, and the fourth quar­ter of last year, the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment had built only 11,016 low­cost hous­ing units, or an av­er­age 1,296 units a year.

“It is ob­vi­ous that the BN-led ad­min­is­tra­tion has built more low-cost hous­ing units than the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment.

“We are not try­ing to boast what the BN-led ad­min­is­tra­tion has done, but the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment keeps pro­vid­ing in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion and blam­ing the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“As long as this state gov­ern­ment does not ac­knowl­edge the hous­ing prob­lem, the peo­ple of Pe­nang will suf­fer for a long time,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Ooi said state Hous­ing Com­mit­tee chair­man Jagdeep Singh Deo, had, in a writ­ten re­ply to Pengkalan Kota as­sem­bly­man Lau Keng Ee at the re­cent state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly sit­ting, men­tioned that it was a norm for a low-cost hous­ing project to take five years to com­plete its plan­ning and devel­op­ment process.

“With such a re­ply, we are con­fi­dent to say that the low-cost hous­ing units built within 2008 to 2013 was ap­proved by the pre­vi­ous BN-led ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he noted.

Ooi also urged Jagdeep to come clean on where he ob­tained the data that the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment had built more low­cost hous­ing units com­pares with BN-led gov­ern­ment.

Ooi Zhi Yi

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