Build low-cost houses, Chua tells Penang Govt

Property News/ 21 December 2011 Leave a comment

KUALA LUMPUR: The Penang Government should build low-cost houses for its people first and worry about land conversion later, said MCApresident Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek.

“The Chief Minister said they cannot build low-cost houses because there is no freehold land to build them on.

“If they don’t build any (low-cost houses) soon, Penang and Selangor will become states for the rich while the poor and middle class will have to leave,” Dr Chua said after a 1MCA Medical Foundation cheque presentation at the Sunway Putra Hotel here yesterday.

He said this in response to comments by Chief Minister Lim Guan Engthat the state government could not build any low-cost units because the state’s leasehold land could not be converted to freehold status.

“This is just an excuse because one does not need that requirement (of converting leasehold to freehold status) to build low-cost housing,” said Dr Chua.

He said sand and land conversion prices in Selangor were also the highest in the country.

This is further aggravated by the fact that the state government does not build any low-cost houses, he said.

At the same event, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung urged consulting engineers and architects to ensure that cables and wires used by building developers are up to standard.

Asked if developers found using low-quality cables will be penalised, the minister said: “It is too soon to tell. I will approach the relevant bodies to further investigate the matter.”

Source: The Star

  1. wiseman
    December 21st, 2011 at 14:28 | #1

    Oooops… if MCA/BN have proper plan.. already can seen long time ago….

  2. wiseman
    December 21st, 2011 at 14:37 | #2

    now want to blame our lovely lim huan eng

  3. 1 penangites
    December 21st, 2011 at 22:22 | #3

    The Penang CM should give more urgent priority to building more affordable housing instead of all those luxury high-end properties which are beyond the means of the majority of the people .
    LGE has been unsually silent on this issue ..
    hope he will not be a hypocrite like those before him

  4. Tembaga
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:38 | #4

    Only way is to increase per capital income. Don’t think any government being BN or DAP able to hold the low cost housing at the flat at i.e. RM75 for long due to inflasion and increase in land price as well as raw material. in 1970, low cost house only sold around RM3.5k a unit in Noordin street as well as Rifle range. Now those houses cost > RM40k a unit. Thus, only solution is to increase disposable income. The otherway is to reduce car price in Malaysia so that more people can channel the money spent on car to house. Our car price is almost double compared to our neighbouring country.

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