Published on: Monday, September 23, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Sepanggar MP Datuk Jumat Idris has called on the Federal and State Governments to give more attention to sub-urban areas like Sepanggar where many squatters are often located.
He said there is a lot of state land in his constituency that can be jointly-developed with PR1MA to avoid high land cost that had been attributed to the higher prices of houses.
"I am sure Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman will agree with me because this (providing affordable homes) is also among the agenda of the State Government," he said.
Jumat said the statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his Facebook page that the government through the Syarikat Perumahan 1Malaysia, PR1MA, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) and State governments would build more affordable homes for the bumiputera in the country is most welcomed.
This was in line with the Prime Minister's earlier announcement on the empowerment of the Bumiputera through the soon-to-be set up Bumiputera Economy Council.
Jumat who is also Sepanggar Umno chief, said the division had previously proposed the setting up of the Sepanggar Special Land Bank Committee that would be spearheaded by City Hall and related government agencies.
The committee objective is to propose lands that can be developed by the State Government in cooperation with the related Federal GLCs such as PR1MA and SPNB among others.
"This way the price of houses and commercial buildings could be control or rather will be less expensive than those done under private initiatives," he said.
Jumat said it would also allow Bumiputera to own real estates and the lower income group to purchase homes. Jumat said Sepanggar needed at least 5,000 affordable houses.
At the moment, an estimated 3,000 new houses were being built by private developers priced above RM250,000, which are out of the price range of the low income people, he said.
According to him, many luxury houses that cost up to RM3 million per unit were also being built in Sepanggar.
"I am sad to see Bumiputera being chased out from squatter settlements because the state land is going to be developed.
"We want the government to have a development plan that take into consideration the Bumiputera Economy Council goals that is to ensure the Bumiputera are well taken care of," he said.
Meanwhile, Jumat is facing a three-cornered fight for the Sepanggar Umno division chairman post with the challenge coming from Nordin Thani and Saleh Abdullah.