GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has approved a total of RM21.4 million for 138 maintenance projects in private housing schemes in the state.
State Housing Development Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the projects, which date back to 2013, included the upgrading and replacement of 70 lifts, 38 water tanks, 10 roofs and 20 other projects such as painting and road resurfacing.
“The Penang government will continue with such projects, having taken into consideration the poor performance by the federal government in approving maintenance projects from Penang under its 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund (TP1M),” he said.
Jagdeep said this when announcing another maintenance project by the Penang government for residents in Taman Han Chiang, Datuk Keramat, where he is also an assemblyman.
TP1M is a federal government programme which provides funding for the upgrade and repair works at low-cost and low-medium-cost flats or apartments. The repairs include the maintenance of lifts and repainting of blocks, among others.
Under the programme, the government funds 90% of the project and the remainder is borne by the respective joint management bodies or management corporations.
In Penang, the state government tops up the remaining amount under its special assistance programme called “Happy”.
The issue surrounding TP1M is often a contentious one, with Jagdeep previously questioning the delay in federal funds to help residents at low-cost and low-medium cost apartments maintain their buildings.
He had said that in Penang, there were 114 pending TP1M applications, most of which had been delayed since 2012.
He added that other states and territories such as Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Sarawak, Putrajaya and Labuan had also not received their funds.