Gerakan’s public housing graft claim ‘baseless’ says Jagdeep

 |Aug 30, 2016
Such insinuations are baseless and scandalous in nature, but they amount to be highly defamatory of the Penang State Government in particular the Selection Process Enhancement Committee and government officials in the Penang Housing Department.
Such insinuations are baseless and scandalous in nature, but they amount to be highly defamatory of the Penang State Government in particular the Selection Process Enhancement Committee and government officials in the Penang Housing Department.

Dato Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo slams Gerakan’s insinuation against the Penang state government alleging existence of corrupt practices within the housing department.

Gerakan claimed several individuals have allegedly collected money from individuals who were promised low medium cost public housing.

“Such insinuations are baseless and scandalous in nature, but they amount to be highly defamatory of the Penang State Government in particular the Selection Process Enhancement Committee (SPEC) and government officials in the Penang Housing Department.

“It should be noted that prior to my appointment as Exco, the selection was conducted by officers in the Penang state housing department who determined eligibility based on the particulars of individual applicants submitted using Form PN1,” said Jagdeep via a statement.

He also pointed out that to strengthen the process of selection of applicants for public housing, Jagdeep, formed the SPEC, comprising of eight elected representatives to oversee the entire selection process on August 2013.

SPEC originally comprised of Jagdeep as the chairman, Phee Boon Poh,  Abdul Malik bin Abul Kassim, Afif bin Bahardin, Ong Chin Wen, Jeff Ooi, Ng Wei Aik, Sim Tze Tzin and was enlarged in January, 2016 to include Teh Lai Heng.

He added that apart from the determination by which an applicant can be considered eligible, the main duty tasked upon members of SPEC which sat at least once a month was to select from the pool of applicants those who were deemed most deserving and eligible for public housing.

“Any insinuation that the system in place allows for payment of any monies by individuals to secure a unit is clearly misplaced and mischievous.

“Such allegations are a disservice to all those who have been waiting this long and are eligible for such housing.

“Deserving eligible applicants must be constantly reminded their interests are being given paramount consideration not the opposite,” said Jagdeep.

In view of the press conference held by Gerakan yesterday, Jagdeep advised those who had made such payments to come forward and lodge police report.

Jagdeep even assured to communicate personally with Penang police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab to seek his assistance to investigate the matter thoroughly.

He also advised the public to be cautious of individuals claiming they can circumvent the stringent process and any queries related to the matter are advised to communicate with him directly or to any of his officers … Video