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Where are the low-cost houses, asks Penang MCA

December 11th, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang MCA has slammed the state government for concentrating too much on mega-projects and losing sight of the need for affordable homes on the island state.

Penang MCA secretary Lau Chiek Tuan said that the construction of low-cost housing had ceased since DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng took over as Chief Minister.

He said Lim’s development direction in building “huge highways” and the Penang-Butterworth undersea tunnel would only jack up property prices in the state and leave low-income earners in the lurch.

Lau did not discount the benefits of traffic management through the construction of such mega-projects, but pointed out that motorists would end up paying expensive toll rates and also face soaring housing prices.

He dismissed Lim’s claim that better connectivity would allow islanders to migrate to the mainland, countering that property value in the project’s surrounding areas would skyrocket beyond the affordableprice range.

“Why did the Penang state government take great pains for this project instead of building low-cost housing for the people? After all, the land in Penang is more valuable than money.

“The Penang government has said the main objective of the mega-projects is to solve traffic woes. However, its good is countered by the rising house prices which will result in Penangites being unable to afford homes.

“The state government’s plan to ease traffic woes on the island is merely a ploy to gain votes as they want to tout their so-called ‘achievements’ by announcing large-scale projects. This will make the people feel that the Pakatan Rakyat government is doing something good,” Lau said.

Last month, Lim announced plans to build the 6.5km undersea tunnel to serve as the island’s third link to the mainland.

The Federal Government is currently building the second Penang bridge.

SOURCE: The Star

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  1. lol
    December 12th, 2011 at 12:53 | #1

    In Batu Kawan a lot low cost house for penangites to buy and stay, island only for rich ppl… lol

  2. Buyer
    December 12th, 2011 at 13:22 | #2

    The low-income earners are not from Penang but in M’sia as well. The low
    income level had been achieved since the Federal government allowed
    foreigners to be employed in this country. The government fails to raise
    the standard living of Malaysian citizens and MCA a component party of
    BN is trying to blame the state authority.

    Penang MCA secretary Lau Chiek Tuan is like an empty vessel.If the MCA
    had in the past understood the needs of the people, MCA today wouldn’t
    be in such a position.(Irrelevant).

  3. CK
    December 12th, 2011 at 15:57 | #3

    Buyer, for once I really like your opinion

  4. Buyer
    December 12th, 2011 at 17:55 | #4

    In a plural societies, we have different views and opinions and some
    might not like it but the truth prevails.

  5. Bayan
    December 13th, 2011 at 12:07 | #5

    don’t understand why some people like to waste time condemn other but they themselves never made full use of chances given. Frankly, what had been contributed by MCA before 308 for Penang ?

  6. auss
    December 13th, 2011 at 13:12 | #6

    At least penang govt plans to built low cost at batu kawan, what did koh tsu koon do, instead of developing batu kawan to the poor, the land was sold at a super cheap price to Patrick Badawi.

  7. Buyer
    December 13th, 2011 at 13:57 | #7

    Nice name, Patrick ‘Swaysi’ Badawi even better.

  8. auss
    December 13th, 2011 at 14:37 | #8

    if MCA or gerakan to rule penang, i won’t be suprise if Tanjung Pinang land is sold cheaply or given free to similar parasites like Patrick Badawi, at the end no tunnel, highway or low houses for penang

  9. penangites
    December 13th, 2011 at 21:26 | #9

    when it comes to providing low-cost and affordable housing , the penang state government has FAILED completely … LGE seems lacking sincerity to solve the lack of affordable housing … he is busy helping those greedy developers promoting highend luxury properties, reaping unprecedented huge profits , ignoring the welfare of the poor people ….

  10. William
    December 13th, 2011 at 22:26 | #10

    I really don’t know what the state gov can do on this low cost house issue?
    If developer own the land and they don’t wanna build, what state gov can do?
    Or state gov got land but not money to build then again what they can do?
    Hope for the federal gov help lo, but again federal gov don’t wanna help because concept of ‘you don’t help me so I don’t help you lo’ working here, pls don’t ask me why because we are ‘not settle! Settle!’ ok!
    Haha…………

  11. Carrie
    December 14th, 2011 at 02:38 | #11

    Not a problem for me, as long as these irrelevant ADUN and MP still around who keep on barking at petty issues, the harder they will falls…

  12. expose
    December 14th, 2011 at 22:09 | #12

    the AG Report revealed that not a single low or medium cost was built by the DAP-led state government , even the previous Gerakan govrnment did not earn this dubious distinction ! when queried, LGE tried to deflect the criticism by shifting the responsibility to the the private developers … how devious and evasive he can be !
    Housing is a basic necessity & providing affordable housing is an important social responsibility of the government authorities .

    when DAP was voted into power, there was so much hope and promise then … but now we are starting to see the dark side of LGE where money and economics take precedence over social responsibility and welfare of the people . why is he giving so much priority to building highend luxury properties & why the need for mega projects like the undersea tunnel when the 2nd penang bridge is not even completed and operational yet ??

    is this the LGE’s great segregation masterplan : rich & wealthy on penang island … poor & destitute to be banished to batu kawan on the mainland !

  13. penang lang
    December 14th, 2011 at 23:31 | #13

    maybe LGE already “bought” by the rich & powerful developers ?! ha ha

  14. Carrie
    December 14th, 2011 at 23:53 | #14

    Whatever, LGE is still much better …. it’s always sour when your competitor is doing much much better than you while at helm…

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