Gerakan claims imbalance in Penang’s affordable housing plans

 |Jul 4, 2017
Penang Gerakan Publicity Bureau Chief Ooi Zhi Yi. — File pic credit Facebook Ooi Zhi Yi 黄志毅.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan has taken the DAP-led state government to task over so-called unbalanced housing plans for Penangites.

Describing the issue of affordable housing in Penang as being critical, state Gerakan Publicity Bureau Chief Ooi Zhi Yi went on to slam the Penang state government, claiming that there is a lack of seriousness in handling the matter despite DAP having been in power for almost a decade.

He substantiated this with the recent statistics produced by Penang DAP showing 12,601 future buyers from the lower income group in the Category A of the affordable housing scheme priced below RM42,000 still in the waiting list.

“The state government has only planned to build 867 units over a period of five years whereas 8,936 will be built by private developers.

“Therefore, there is a lack of 2,798 units of such homes under this category,” Ooi told a press conference here, today.

According to Ooi, the information was obtained during the recent State Legislative Assembly meeting where the figures were tabled by a DAP state assemblyman.

Ooi also expressed concern over the proposal of affordable housing under Category B priced below RM75,000.

“Based on the waiting list, the application for homes under that category is only 18,407 but the state government will build 9,283 units and another 10,788 by private developers which means there will be an extra 1,664 units.

“The same goes to affordable housing priced below RM300,000 whereby the application to purchase is only 9,342 but the state government is so generous to build 17,080 units,” he said.