KUALA SELANGOR: Despite the various obstacles put in its way by the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) managed to restore the abandoned low-cost housing project in Bandar Alam Perdana, thus fulfilling the dream of 2,500 buyers to own a house.
SPNB chairman Datuk Idris Haron said the Selangor government which had jurisdiction over land matters in the state had imposed various conditions and that SPNB was "kicked" here and there like a football in the process of restoring the low-cost project which had stalled since 2002.
"I am grateful that today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak could personally hand over the mock keys to 10 representatives of the buyers who have been waiting for 12 years for their units," he said after the ceremony, here.
The rehabilitation of the abandoned project was delayed for about a year due to the state government's bureaucracy. Idris said the Selangor government also played politics by promising to give
the temporary certificate of fitness and house-keys to the buyers last year in order to win over the voters, but this did not happen when the general election did not take place in 2012 as some people predicted.
The Alam Perdana project on a 20ha site consists of 2,500 units of five-storey low-cost flats, each 650 sq ft in floor size. It is one of 10 abandoned housing projects in Selangor that SPNB managed to
restore including Taman Dalma (Semenyih), Taman Sungai Pinang (Klang), Taman Desaria (Petaling Jaya), Bandar Pinggiran Subang and Taman Khalid Al-Walid (Shah Alam), Taman Lingkaran Nur Phase 1, Taman Kantan Permai Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Kajang), and Taman Nuri Indah (Kuala Langat).
To date, SPNB which is a wholly-owned company of the Minister of Finance Incorporated, has completed 88 abandoned projects involving 28,039 units nationwide at a cost of RM802.71 million.
Idris said the launching of the SPNB mobile office using four-wheel-drive vehicles by Najib today was to facilitate the public, especially prospective house owners under the People-Friendly Housing Projects, to forward their complaints to SPNB, such as on poor workmanship. - Bernama
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