GEORGE TOWN, Jun 21 – On behalf of the Federal agency, the Penang Government can now monitor and supervise the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Project (PR1MA) in the state.
State local government, housing, urban and rural planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the PR1MA project in the state was long overdue during the late years of the Barisan Nasional (BN) governing period.
“Following discussions with Housing and Local Government Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin, she agreed to let us monitor and supervise the project’s progress, instead of the federal agency,” he told reporters after visiting the PR1MA site at Kampung Kastam, Jalan Bukit Gambir here today.
Jagdeep expects no delay from any housing project, regardless whether it was a state government project or federally initiated affordable housing project in Penang, for the benefit of the people of Penang.
However, he said the PR1MA project at Kampung Kastam had been given the green light by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), prior to the 14th General Election. “For Penang, we received three applications that have been approved, two at Kampung Kastam and the other at Batu Ferringhi,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kampung Kastam PR1MA project Ideal developer, executive chairman Tan Sri Alex Ooi said the group expected the project to begin by year-end. He said the first phase of the project would comprise 907 units of affordable home and 257 units of low medium cost home at the 3.2ha in Kampung Kastam.
“The 850-sq ft affordable homes will cost not more than RM300,000 while the 650 sq ft low medium cost will be priced in the region of RM72,500,” he said, adding the project would be completed three years from the date it began construction. The projects will consist of two-block buildings equipped with facilities such as gymnasium, futsal court, surau and meeting room. — Bernama