Stalled housing project to be
16/06/2003 The Star By Tunku
THE low-cost housing project in Merbau Kudong, Tasek
Glugor, which was stalled for four years will now be revived.
Tasek Glugor MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar said the housing
project, comprising 200 units of low-cost houses, 133 units of low
medium cost houses and 10 units of single-storey shops, would be
revived before the end of this year.
He said the 37 families, who would have to make way for the
project, would be offered an option of either accepting RM300 per
family as rental for 18 months or more depending on the completion
date of the project, or to be relocated to a high rise apartment
block in Teluk Air Tawar in Butterworth for the same duration.
He said upon completion of the project, the families would be
given first priority to purchase the landed low-cost and low
medium-cost houses in Merbau Kudong.
He said the housing project, which was launched during the 1999
general election when Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon
performed the ground-breaking ceremony, was later shelved by the
state due to several reasons.
“I was the Deputy Chief Minister when the project was launched.
“Somehow, the project did not take off ground as promised as the
state government had cited it as unviable and that cost of land in
Penang was escalating.
“This housing project must be implemented as it will fulfil the
state's social obligation to the lower income community in Merbau
“After pursuing the state government and with the help of Deputy
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, we (Umno) will see
to it that the project takes off before the next general election,”
he said during a meeting with the 37 affected families at Dewan
Besar Sungai Dua on Thursday.
Mohd Shariff said the affected families were those who had filled
in the survey forms in 1999 and who were already compensated between
RM20,000 and RM100,000 depending on the value of their property and
land during that year.
“Those extended families, who had moved in with their relatives
after that period will not be compensated,” he said, adding that the
surplus low-cost units would be tendered to those registered with
the State Housing Division first.
Mohd Shariff said the project would be developed by JKP Sdn Bhd,
a wholly-owned company under the Ministry of Finance Inc.
JKP chief executive officer and general manager Adzmi Ariffin
said letters to inform the 37 affected families of the project would
be sent out to them in July when they would be given a month to
vacate their premises.
“We need to have the land vacant by August so as not to delay the
project which will take at least 18 months to complete,” he said.
He also said the three bedroom low-cost and low medium-cost
houses would have a built-up area of 700 sq ft and 800 sq ft and
cost RM38,000 and RM80,000 respectively while shoplots would cost
RM90,000 per unit.
Affected resident Goh Kee Long, 44 who is also Merbau Kudong MCA
secretary who represented the residents, said the residents were
happy as their four-year wait was finally coming to a fruitful
Also present was Sungai Dua assemblyman Jasmin Moha-mad.