After waiting 20 years, don’t rush to sell houses for quick profit, Azmin tells settlers

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali talking to a recipient of the Laman Haris house who had been waiting for nearly 20 years. (Facebook pic)

KUALA SELANGOR: Recipients of the Laman Haris houses, comprising settlers from Stage II and Stage III of the Green Revolution Scheme (Rancangan Revolusi Hijau), have been urged not to sell the units for quick profit.

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said the price of the houses, which were given for free to the 987 settlers, would go up after more infrastructure in the area is completed by the developer, Eco World Development Group Berhad.

‘’The developer will build numerous facilities for the residents here, including a primary school, a hall and houses of worship such as a surau.

“I want to advise the settlers receiving the houses for free not to sell them.

‘’The houses are estimated to be worth over RM500,000 each.

“It is difficult to get a house elsewhere complete with such facilities at this price,’’ he told reporters at a ceremony to mark the handing-over of keys for the Laman Haris houses to the settlers here today.

Present were Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari and Eco World Development Group Berhad chairman Liew Kee Sin.

The settlers who received the houses were also given RM180,000 each as compensation for their land which was developed for the housing project.

Azmin said the ceremony was symbolic of the success of the state government in solving the issue of the housing project, which had been abandoned for about 20 years.

‘‘This shows that, when the government, developers and the society co-operate by placing the interests of the people uppermost, issues like this can be solved,’’ he said.

In 2018, the issue involving the settlers attracted a lot of attention, resulting in several individuals being remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in an investigation into the sale of about 880ha of land worth RM1.18 billion to private sector developers.

The land was bought by two companies, LBCN Development Sdn Bhd and Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd, in 1998.

It was taken back by the state government in 2008 under the National Land Code for flouting conditions and terms of the agreement.