Penang prioritises liveability in public housing schemes


Liveability is an important issue that the Penang government takes it seriously.

Penang Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the state acknowledges the need to ensure that public housing schemes are liveable.

“That is why the Penang Housing Board continues to monitor public housing schemes and People’s Housing Projects (PPR). We look into their needs,” he told a press conference at his office on Wednesday.

Jagdeep commented on a news report by an English daily which highlighted the tough life of children living in PPR.

The news article, which focused on several PPR outside Penang, reported the living conditions that could make children vulnerable to mental health issues.

“We share the concerns of the public and we hope that the issue can be addressed quickly.

“In Penang, we do not compromise liveability; especially for our low-cost, low medium-cost and affordable housing schemes.

“As for PPR projects in Penang, the Desa Wawasan in Bukit Mertajam is a good example of a well-maintained PPR project,” Jagdeep said.

He added that the state’s objective was no longer only assisting those eligible to have a roof over their heads, but also ensuring the homes are liveable.

“These projects must include features and facilities for the families or residents living there,” he added.

Source: Buletin Mutiara

  1. Erwin
    March 25th, 2023 at 15:39 | #1

    I think this must be a joke? Quote “Liveability is an important issue that the Penang government takes it seriously”, you let businesses run on landed residential area, which brings in unwanted traffic to the area plus increasing pest like aedes mosquito & smelly drainage due to this factor. Thanks for this irresponsible and no action taken (even after filing complains), my neighbor and my family contracted dengue.

    Don’t know what is this state government doing, all talk but none of the action.

  2. MajorArches
    March 25th, 2023 at 18:34 | #2


    Agree with you that this is a joke.

    Based on my expereinced, LC,LMC and Affordable are so high density and maintenance fee are not able to cover at all and in the end the owners have to vote for increase in maintenance.
    High density and over crowded, link all these to the exact words you say which is true.

  3. Erwin
    March 26th, 2023 at 18:05 | #3


    Yes, LC, LMC and affordable apartments now built with at least 1000 unit and some even more. When it’s new like 2-3 years, the density is low but after that, the amount if cars moving through the car park lane will be hell, 1000 with each unit now allocated 2 CP, that will be 2000 cars, give or take. Maintenances cost is not cheap with each unit at least RM200++ due to high upkeep on high density apartments.

    All and all, living standard will be getting worst as time goes by.

  4. jack
    March 27th, 2023 at 11:20 | #4

    When residents and communities have issues/complaints, they all pandai main taichi. After residents and communities solve issues by themselves, they will come and show face claim credit 😀

  5. MajorArches
    March 27th, 2023 at 11:37 | #5


    True and agree on what you said.

    High density like 1000 to 2000 units. Repair and Maintenance will be a problem. The maintenance, the heavy usage and repairs will be a burden as well if the funds are not enought to cover it after the warranty period ends after 2 years.

    In the end buyers are the one suffering. Goverment and state goverment should look into this matter, not only selling LC,LMC and affordable at a lower price but also need to forsee in the coming future as well.

  6. Skyline
    March 27th, 2023 at 12:30 | #6

    Just my humble opinion here.
    I don’t think current Penang project of LC or LMC will come with 2 cp for all units. Mostly 1cp or maybe no CP. Those come with 2cp usually fetch higher price of RM400k.
    As of 1000units even is condominium consider quite common.
    May I know what will be consider as low/ acceptable range of density in Penang?

  7. MajorArches
    March 27th, 2023 at 15:25 | #7

    Oh yes of course really.

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