Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor revealed that the mixed development project at Jinjang Selatan Tambahan would proceed even as some residents protested the demolition of their squatter homes.
“I cannot stand people who like to disrupt development meant for the majority. The minority cannot do that,” he said after the launch of a 600m flyover at the intersection of Jalan Jalil Perkasa 1 and Sungai Besi-Puchong highway.
“The minority must understand what I am doing is for the good of the majority.”
With over 500 built under temporary occupancy licence (TOL) issued in 1969, the lot has been earmarked in 2013 for a joint-venture mixed development project involving a private developer and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
However, residents have reportedly stopped DBKL’s demolition work to clear the area for the project twice.
Tengku Adnan noted that certain quarters are taking advantage of the project.
“At first, we agreed to give them 800 sq ft units and the developer agreed to give 900 sq ft units at a reasonable price,” he said.
“But now another group is coming in, wanting the houses for free.”
Meanwhile, the ministry would look into an urban renewal project for some parts of the city centre like Bukit Bintang, said Tengku Adnan.
“It is like what Singapore is doing…Dilapidated buildings that have become like slums will be torn down and new ones will be built.”
While he shared that they “will get the private sector involved”, Tengku Adnan explained that the scheme is still in the drawing board and details will be revealed later.
Other possible sites for the project include Petaling Street and Jalan Silang.
Tengku Adnan also revealed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had instructed him to set up a RM50 million revolving fund for housing of the Indian community, including squatters eligible for 300 low-cost housing units measuring 800 sq ft in Kampung Pandanmas.
“We were selling it to them at RM42,000 each but they (the Indian squatters) could not raise the 10 percent deposit and the bank rejected all the loans,” he said.
“So to help resolve this, the Prime Minister instructed me to create a revolving fund and they could pay us back every month a sum of between RM220 and RM250.”
Image sourced from The Malay Mail.
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