Wednesday, October 16

‘PR1MA plan will be approved if it meets stipulated condition’

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GEORGE TOWN: The DAP Penang government will approve plan for the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Project (PR1MA) in the state if it meets the stipulated condition of affordable homes, said a state executive council member.

Jagdeep Singh Deo, who is the State Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman, said the state government would have strong reasons to have not approved the plan.

“There is no reason for PR1MA to be rejected in the state, (but) based on facts, there are reasons as to why the project by a federal government agency is not approved,” he told reporters here.

Last Sunday, Penang Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman expressed concern that the third phase of PR1MA could not be implemented in the state because the state government failed to approve the plan for the construction of 9,000 units of low cost and affordable homes by JKP Sdn Bhd and the Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda).

Jagdeep Singh said the state government was not aware that continuation of  PR1MA project in Penang would depend on the approval of the 9,000 units of houses by the two federal agencies.

“In the correspondence with PR1MA , it (PR1MA) did not ever mention that the plan was subjected to the approval to other federal government projects,” he added.

He said the projects by the federal agencies were not 100 per cent affordable homes and he had clarified the matter since October last year.

He said even Zainal Abidin did not deny that most of the houses were not affordable units, being that they were as high as RM1.85 million per unit on the island. — Bernama