By Farah Wahida:

To refute allegations on the lack of affordable housing in Penang, the state government clarified that it has built 14,702 low-cost (LC) and low middle-cost (LMC) homes across the state from March 2008 to July 2012.

Wong Hon Wai, Chairman of the State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee, said these 47 projects have already obtained certificate of occupancy from the Penang Municipal Council and Seberang Prai Municipal Council.

“At the same time, 12,246 LC and LMC units have also been granted planning approval.”

Before this, the Sekretariat Rakyat Bersatu Pulau Pinang on Saturday has organised simultaneous demonstrations at Jelutong, Permatang Pauh, Teluk Kumbar, Tasek Gelugor, Kepala Batas and other areas, over the alleged insufficiency of affordable housing in Penang.

In response, Wong reiterated that the state government has also set aside RM500 million to build 19,172 homes.

“Registration for 13,320 affordable housing units in Jalan S.P. Chelliah and Batu Kawan, which was launched last month, has attracted more than 17,000 applicants…The state government also restored abandoned and neglected houses in the state which were left vacant for over a decade,” he explained.

“We repaired 170 units in Rifle Range, which were originally army quarters and left vacant in early 2000.

“We then rented them out to the poor for RM90 a month.”

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email

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