“The state government acquired the land for the proposed housing project
in 1999 and Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon conducted the ground-breaking
“No work was carried out and last year, the authorities agreed to proceed
with the project.
“There was a simple ceremony attended by Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Seri Mohd
Shariff Omar and a few JKP officials in January.
“At the function, we were asked to move out from the area and JKP agreed
to pay RM300 monthly rental to each affected house owner. Each of us received
advance payment of RM1,800 for a period of six months.
“So far, we have received three payments for rental until the anticipated
completion of the housing project this June.
“Now, we do not know what will happen after June. There is only empty space
instead of houses,” he said.
He said all the affected residents were now renting houses elsewhere pending
the completion of the project.
When completed, the low-cost housing project on the 5ha land would have
210 low-cost terrace houses, 80 medium-cost terrace houses and 10 shoplots.
Cheah and a few residents yesterday approached Mohd Shariff for help.
Mohd Shariff said he had been told that JKP could not carry out the project
because the state government had yet to appoint them as developer.
“The state government has yet to sign the agreement with JKP to allow the
committee to carry out the project.
“JKP needs the approval so that they can apply for the permit from the
Housing and Local Government Ministry to carry out the project. Without the
permit, it cannot apply for the Federal Government allocation.
“I do not know what is holding back the state government because this project
is for the people. I hope this project does not have to go through a third
launching ceremony,” he said