Se­lan­gor govt taken to task

> Noh Omar blames state ad­min­is­tra­tion for de­plorable con­di­tions of Pub­lic Hous­ing Pro­jects

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LEE CHOON FAI

KUALA LUMPUR: The Se­lan­gor govern­ment is to be blamed for the de­plorable con­di­tions of the Pub­lic Hous­ing Pro­jects (PPR) in the state, said Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He at­trib­uted this to the fact that the PPR flats are man­aged by lo­cal bod­ies that are un­der the state govern­ment’s author­ity.

“As min­is­ter, I will do what I can to help al­le­vi­ate the peo­ple’s bur­dens, but the main re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the state govern­ment.

“I don’t have the full author­ity to or­der any­one as the Am­pang Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (MPAJ) is filled with po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees (from the Op­po­si­tion). I can’t do any­thing,” Noh told a press con­fer­ence after vis­it­ing the Taman Tasik Tam­ba­han PPR.

Ear­lier in his speech, he said if MPAJ coun­cil­lors were all Umno mem­bers and if the party was still in power in Se­lan­gor, then he could have eas­ily or­dered them to quickly solve many of the res­i­dents’ prob­lems.

Noh, who is Tan­jung Karang MP, said the litany of is­sues fac­ing PPRs, in­clud­ing mal­func­tion­ing lifts, leak­ing roofs and clogged pipes, was the re­sult of poor man­age­ment by the state govern­ment.

It is un­fair for the state govern­ment to say PPR res­i­dents bear the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pay­ing main­te­nance fees for up­keep and en­vi­ron­men­tal hy­giene, he said, adding the Op­po­si­tion should stop blam­ing ev­ery­one else but them­selves for its fail­ure in ad­min­is­ter­ing Se­lan­gor.

He ac­cused Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali, and by ex­ten­sion the Op­po­si­tion, of play­ing pol­i­tics in­stead of serv­ing the peo­ple of Se­lan­gor.

He pledged RM400,000 in al­lo­ca­tion to help solve prob­lems fac­ing the Taman Tasik Tam­ba­han PPRs, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing the roofs of the four blocks of flats.

Noh said he will con­sider pro­vid­ing more funds but the res­i­dents must write to him to spec­ify the amount needed and the pur­pose.

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