Probe Penang state LMC housing policy, says Huan

 |Oct 10, 2016
Huan (centre), lodged a report at Penang state MACC headquarters pertaining LMC housing allocation policies.
Huan (centre), lodged a report at Penang state MACC headquarters pertaining LMC housing allocation policies.

Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Huan Cheng Guan lodged a report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Penang state headquarters today on alleged corrupt practice in the state’s housing policies.

The PCM veep also handed over documents highlighting the allocation of low and medium-cost (LMC) units in the state to those who are not eligible.

Among the documents contained in the thumb drive handed over by Huan were advertisements for the unit and photos of the luxury cars and superbikes.

“There is something wrong with the LMC allocation policy by the state government and we want the MACC to intervene, as its a matter of public interest.

“I would like the MACC to investigate an LMC owner, who seems eligible to be allocated a unit at Bukit Gambir here, as we have found that she is well-off and does not deserve to stay there,” Huan said.

He added that for the LMC unit in question, it was found that the owner has three superbikes and two cars, all of which were registered using the same number plate, but with different prefixes.

“One of the superbikes costs RM114,000, which is more expensive than the LMC unit,” Huan pointed out.

LMC unit is only priced at RM72,500.

“The state government owes the people of Penang an answer, especially those 20,000 deserving applicants on waiting list but have not been given one,” Huan told reporters at the state MACC office.

Last week, PCM demanded an explanation from the DAP-led state government on why newly-completed LMC units in the state are being rented out or put up for sale.

He said based on their own investigations at an LMC apartment in Bukit Gambir, many of the units there were either rented out, or put up for rent or sale.

Huan also demanded that the state government come clean on whether only the deserving were being offered the units.

Besides Huan, Penang Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman slammed the DAP-led state government for its ineptness in handling the low medium cost (LMC) housing issue.

Zainal in a press statement yesterday said that the revelation by observers that LMCs were rented out by rich people which were against the state housing policy.

Penang Umno is pushing the state housing executive councilor to conduct a thorough probe into the allegations and re-examine the procedures which are in place.

Meanwhile, state Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the administration will investigate the findings by PCM.

The LMC apartments in Bukit Gambir are freehold and were completed at the end of 2013. They comprise two 31-storey blocks, with a total of 780 units.