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Gerakan urges Kedah govt to stop increase of Bumiputera housing quota

KUALA LUMPUR: Kedah Gerakan Youth urged the state government to fulfill its pledge to stop the increase of the Bumiputra quota for housing development.

In a media statement on Monday, Oct 18, the youth division said the state government made its pledge in Decemeber last year to stop the increase of the Bumiputra quota from 30% to 50% for housing developments.

Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said the division had submitted memorandum to the state Menteri Besar on Oct 13 to respect Article 89 of the Federal Constitution and to fulfill its pledge.

“Currently, the state is requiring (as part of their housing development approvals) Bumi Lots for Housing development to be gazetted as Malay Reserve Land. This is against Article 89(2) of the Federal Constitution. This may be an attempt to increase Malay Reserve Land in Kedah,” he added.

(For more information on Article 89, visit here.)

There have also been requirements of up to 70% Bumiputra Quota for housing developments involving swapped Malay Reserve land, he noted.

“There is no reduction of Malay reserve land under the swapping process as an equivalent size of land (plus 5% additional area) would be entered into Malay Reserve land and the land intended for development would be removed from Malay reservation,” he said.
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