Penang wants Putrajaya to build more affordable houses

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GEORGE TOWN: The Penang DAP-led state government wants the federal government to build more affordable homes in the state, especially the 1Malaysia People’s Housing (PR1MA).

State Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said so far, the state government had only received confirmation on two PR1MA projects in Penang, despite several announcements on the matter.

Based on records, the projects were approved by the Penang City Council and there was no application of PR1MA projects under the Seberang Prai Municipal Council, he told reporters yesterday.

He said the two projects were at Bukit Gelugor, involving 1,823 units, and the other in Batu Ferringhi (1,248 units) .

As such, he urged Penang Federal Action Council chairman Zainal Abidin Osman to explain the announcement he made last month that 16,297 units of PR1MA houses would be built.

Jagdeep said the state government planned to build 27,230 units of affordable homes, involving 17 projects, in all five districts in Penang.

“Our first affordable housing project in Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan is nearly 100% completed, while the other projects are making significant progress,” he said.