‘Pe­nang has low­est num­ber of PPR flats’

> Fed­eral govt should build more low-cost homes in the state: Jagdeep


GE­ORGE TOWN: The fed­eral gov­ern­ment should build more Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Pro­ject (PPR) in the state since Pe­nang has the low­est num­ber of PPR units in the coun­try.

State Hous­ing Com­mit­tee chair­man Jagdeep Singh Deo said the state gov­ern­ment had iden­ti­fied land on which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment could build 5,000 PPR units.

“We urge the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to build more such units for the ben­e­fit of the low­in­come group in Pe­nang,” he said dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence at Ta­man Mu­tiara Vista in Jalan Je­lu­tong yes­ter­day.

Jagdeep said the state gov­ern­ment is al­ways con­cerned about the hous­ing needs of Pe­nan­gites, es­pe­cially the lower in­come group, as many of them could not af­ford to buy low­in­come homes cost­ing RM42,000 each.

He said PPR’s ex­is­tence is to ad­dress the hous­ing needs of the low-in­come group.

“I must stress that PPR is a pro­gramme solely un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment while state gov­ern­ments are re­spon­si­ble for car­ry­ing out the projects,” he said, adding that Pe­nang has only 999 PPR units.

He said Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar, in a meet­ing with Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng and him, had asked the state whether land had been iden­ti­fied for PPR projects.

“We have iden­ti­fied sev­eral ar­eas in Je­lu­tong for the pur­pose.

“How­ever, the min­istry has can­celled a sched­uled tech­ni­cal visit to the iden­ti­fied sites via a let­ter dated Oct 6.”

Jagdeep said he had in­structed the Pe­nang Hous­ing Depart­ment to write a let­ter to the min­istry ask­ing for the rea­son be­hind the can­cel­la­tion.

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