Group find proposal
KUALA LUMPUR, Mod. - "Preposterous", "incredible" and
"neo-feudalistic" were some of the reactions to the Selangor
Government's proposal to allow the rich to buy low-cost houses and
rent them to the poor.
Trade unions, consumers
associations and political parties contacted today recommended
instead that the authorities buy such units and lease them to
They also proposed that if
deserving individuals could not afford to buy the houses now they
should be given a chance to do so later.
The Malaysian Trades Union
Congress said low-cost houses and apartments sold to the rich may
not be affordable as rents would be subject to market forces.
Its president Zainal Rampak said
the goal of building low-cost houses and apartments was to provide
shelter to low-income groups.
"The provision of affordable and decent housing is a key component
in the improvement of the quality of life.
It is preposterous to expect the
rich to rent the houses or apartments to the poor at reasonable
rates," he said. Federation of Malaysian Consumers' Associations
president Datuk Dr Hamdan Adnan said it was incredible that Selangor
faced a glut of low-cost homes.
"I know of many people, some of
whom have waited almost 10 years to own a house, who have still not
been given one. It is amazing how the State Government can make such
a claim," he said.
Consumers' Association of Penang
said the State Government should abort the 'buy and rent' proposal,
which bordered on "neo-feudalism".
"Instead, it should seek ways to
make these houses more accessible to the masses, either by further
price reductions or easier financing."
National House Buyers
Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the term
"low-cost" housing meant houses for those in the low-income bracket.
He said the association was against the idea because the poor would
become "slaves" to their rich landlords.