GEORGE TOWN, Nov 14 – The RM3.5 million luxurious housing project was approved during Barisan Nasional’s reign in Penang and not under Pakatan Rakyat, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said. The project, D’Residence, by the Penang Development Corporation (PDC), Lim pointed out, was approved in 2006 with its planning submission date approved in the same year.
According to the project plan, the building plans was approved in 2007 with construction work starting on the same year. Pakatan Rakyat took over Penang from the Barisan Nasional in 2008. “This shows that this whole project was approved and built during Barisan Nasional’s time when Datuk Jahara Hamid was a state executive councillor then,” Lim said at a press conference.
Jahara is the Penang opposition leader. Yesterday, Jahara accused the PR state government of also building luxurious homes on land acquired at a low price. D’Residence, located in Bayan Mutiara on the island, was one of the projects mentioned. She also mentioned two other projects in Batu Kawan — Intan Delima and Teratai Idaman in Bandar Cassia. Jahara claimed a terrace house in Intan Delima was sold at RM306,000, which is above the state’s affordable housing ceiling price of RM250,000 for houses on the mainland.
She claimed the maximum price per unit for terrace houses in Teratai Idaman is RM468,471. Lim then demanded Jahara apologise and retract her claim. The DAP secretary-general said he would give her time to “reflect on her mistake”. “The RM3.5 million housing is a BN project, there should be no more excuses,” he said, adding that after PR took over, they changed the policy for PDC to only build affordable housing.