Dream comes true for wheel­chair-bound Ro­hani

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By LIEW JIA XIAN ji­ax­[email protected]­tar.com.my

GE­ORGE TOWN: De­spite be­ing wheel­chair-bound, Ro­hani Ibrahim could not con­tain her hap­pi­ness over own­ing her first house at the age of 68.

“I am so happy!” said the re­tiree who has spinal disc prob­lem.

Ro­hani, who also has hear­ing dif­fi­culty, was lost for words as she re­ceived her bal­lot for a low-cost unit in Batu Maung.

Her daugh­ter Is­ni­coati Is­mail, 40, said they were very lucky as they ap­plied for the af­ford­able hous­ing scheme just a year ago.

How­ever, re­tiree V. Ra­ja­si­vari, 65, whose bal­lot was picked for a Bukit Mer­ta­jam low-cost unit was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed with get­ting a place on the 15th floor.

“I am very happy to own my first house but the unit is too high for me,” she said.

Ro­hani and Ra­ja­si­vari were among 200 peo­ple who suc­cess­fully got a RM42,000 flat unit by de­vel­oper Sun­way Prop­erty.

Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Chow Kon Yeow wit­nessed the el­i­gi­ble in­di­vid­u­als bal­lot­ing for flat units in Sun­way Prop­erty @ An­son.

In his speech, he com­mended the com­pany for help­ing the state gov­ern­ment re­alise its pledge of build­ing 75,000 units of low-cost and low-medium cost hous­ing by 2020.

“We have sur­passed the grand to­tal with 80,000 units built to date,” he an­nounced proudly, adding that some houses were com­pleted and some are still un­der con­struc­tion.

He also ap­plauded Sun­way Prop­erty for un­der­tak­ing the Build-ThenSell (BTS) con­cept for low-cost de­vel­op­ments to ben­e­fit low-in­come earn­ers in sav­ings on in­stal­ment in­ter­ests.

There are now 30,726 peo­ple on the wait­ing list to buy low and low-medium cost units and 12,326 for other cat­e­gories, with the ma­jor­ity of them on the is­land, he said.

“The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment is look­ing into var­i­ous op­tions such as the rent-to-own scheme to en­sure low-in­come earn­ers can own their homes too,” he said at the event.

Sun­way Ber­had Pe­nang se­nior prop­erty divi­sion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Daniel Lim Hin Soon con­grat­u­lated the first time home own­ers.

These own­ers will get their house keys next month.

Also at the event were Batu Maung assem­bly­man Ab­dul Halim Hus­sain, Pe­nang Hous­ing Divi­sion se­nior prin­ci­pal as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Ainul Fad­hi­lah Sam­sudi, Sun­way Ber­had Prop­erty Devel­op­ment Pe­nang Divi­sion gen­eral man­ager Ahila Gane­san and Sun­way Ber­had Prop­erty Devel­op­ment Pe­nang Divi­sion as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Fong Choon Fuoi.

Lucky pick: Ro­hani pick­ing the bal­lot for her Desa Kayu Ma­nis, Batu Maung, low-cost unit at Sun­way Prop­erty @ An­son in Pe­nang.

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