The state government of Penang has called on the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) to focus on the state’s supply of affordable housing.
According to Jagdeep Singh Deo, Chairman of Penang State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee, the state is in the process of delivering 220,000 affordable homes to the people of Penang by 2030, reported Bernama.
Currently, about 119,000 units are already occupied or are in various phases of development in Penang.
“With the breath of fresh air in politics, I hope aid will reach this state because as the smallest state we (Penang) had been paying high taxes and we should be entitled to federal government assistance,” he said after a surprise visit on the construction site of an affordable housing project in Bayan Mutiara.
“As such, we would like to ask how much allocation will be given to us,” he added as quoted by Bernama.
He revealed plans to submit a formal request for RM100 million in housing maintenance cost from the federal government in 2022.
Jagdeep explained that since 2008, the state had been absorbing RM300 million in maintenance cost, which was used for replacement and upgrade of roofs, lifts, water tanks as well as other repair works, particularly for strata housing.
As such, he is looking forward to meet new KPKT Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican to discuss the plan and direction for the provision of affordable homes within the state.
Earlier, Jagdeep had congratulated Reezal Merican on his appointment as KPKT minister while thanking former KPKT Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin for approving a RM30 million fund for previous housing maintenance costs as well as for her cooperation on housing development within Penang.