GEORGE TOWN: Penang executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo today slammed the housing ministry for its “complete and disastrous failure” to provide adequate housing for low-income people in the state.
Jagdeep said according to the housing ministry’s record, there were 999 people’s housing project (PPR) homes in the state, but in reality, only 698 homes.
“Surely, Barisan Nasional must answer to the people of Penang for their complete and disastrous failure in providing PPR homes for Penangites,” he said at a media conference in Komtar.
Jagdeep also told off critics who blamed the Pakatan Harapan state government for not providing housing to meet the demand of the low-income.
He said the critics should train their guns on the federal government instead, as Penang has the lowest number of PPR homes of any state in the country.
Jagdeep said even Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had written to the housing ministry, offering a large piece of land in Jelutong for a PPR project, but there was no response.
To date, he added, there was not even a single 1Malaysia People’s Housing Project in Penang.
However, Jagdeep said the Penang government continued to keep its promise to build affordable homes.
There are 17 projects which will deliver 27,230 units of affordable homes planned by the Penang government, while private developers will build 36,759 units in 18 different projects, he said.
“Clearly, there is enough supply of affordable housing ranging from RM42,000 to RM300,000 each planned by the Penang government.
“The question is the failure on the part of the federal government to supply affordable housing in Penang,” he said.
Jagdeep also said the federal government must address the issue of bank loan application rejections, reported to be as high as 70%.