Projects need to com­ply with guide­lines


GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment has re­jected two 1Malaysia Civil Ser­vants Hous­ing Pro­ject (PP1M) ap­pli­ca­tions for fail­ing to com­ply with build­ing re­quire­ments.

State Hous­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lor Jagdeep Singh said the projects were ear­marked for Teluk Kum­bar and Balik Pu­lau.

He said one pro­ject was re­jected for not com­ply­ing with tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments and the other was due to it be­ing built be­tween 80m and 120m above sea level.

He said this ex­ceeded the state guide­lines which for­bade devel­op­ment above 76m.

He said the Pe­nang ad­min­is­tra­tion was eco­log­i­cally con­scious and urged fed­eral agen­cies to com­ply with state re­quire­ments be­fore sub­mit­ting devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions

“There is no point in sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion if it does not com­ply with the ba­sic guide­lines,” he told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day af­ter a Deep­avali lun­cheon at the Pe­nang Cheshire Home here.

Jagdeep urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to al­lo­cate more for af­ford­able hous­ing in the state in the 2017 Bud­get.

He pointed out that Pe­nang de­spite be­ing one of the small­est states in Malaysia is in the top three in con­tribut­ing taxes to fed­eral cof­fers and so de­served more such projects.

The Datuk Kera­mat asem­bly­man also hoped funds would be made avail­able for flood-con­trol projects in Pe­nang and in his con­stituency in par­tic­u­lar.

This mo­tor­cy­clist seems obliv­i­ous to the dan­ger he is putting these chil­dren through as he fer­ries them to school in Ta­man Medan Baru, Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

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