Ministry to be
16/04/2009 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will strive to be
people-centric and put the interest of the people first when making decisions,
its minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha said.
“We cannot afford to be indecisive. The people will have confidence in us
when we are able to make prompt decisions,” he told reporters after chairing
his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting yesterday.
He also reminded the ministry’s employees to be consistent, reliable and predictable
in delivering excellent services to the people.
On the Cabinet meeting yesterday, Kong said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Tun Razak expressed hope that all ministries would set their respective key
performance index and strive to achieve their targets.
Earlier, Kong held a meeting with the developers of the delayed Permai Putera
and Permai Puteri projects in Ampang, saying the apartments would be completed
and handed over to the buyers by the end of the month and in July.
The 299 units of Permai Putera and 481 units of Permai Puteri low- and medium-cost
apartments have been delayed for more than three years.
Meanwhile, a special task force headed by the Chief Secretary to the Government
Tan Sri Sidek Hassan has been set up to rehabilitate delayed housing projects.
Formed by the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) comprising
senior officers from the Government and the private sector, it had been entrusted
to jumpstart delayed or halted projects through white knights and Syarikat
Perumahan Negara Bhd.
Selangor has the most delayed projects at 39, Johor and Negri Sembilan have
32 and 20 respectively while Sabah and Sarawak have several, a Housing and
Local Government Ministry statement said yesterday.
The task force also planned to tighten licensing approval procedures for housing
development, ensuring developers follow regulations in the Housing Act and
install an oversight and monitoring system via local authorities and financiers.