Sunday August 19, 2012
Come clean on state land sold, urges BN Youth
By OH CHIN ENG
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional Youth claims that the DAP-led state government has sanctioned the sale of several plots of prime land to developers here.
This would be acceptable if some of these lots are allocated for affordable housing but since 2008, no major low or medium-cost housing project has been undertaken, Youth head Oh Tong Keong said.
He chided the state for selling a lot of land, which he claimed would not bring any good.
The latest plot to be sold, a 0.24ha land located in Jalan Free School, was allegedly by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) last year.
This follows the controversy over the Taman Manggis land which Barisan had claimed was earmarked for affordable housing by the previous state government, but under the present one, was instead proposed for a private hospital.
“After four years in power, not merely two lots of land were sold, there are many more. We are not objecting to any buyer here.
“It is their right to purchase. But the state government should stop selling any more land if they cannot compensate by building affordable houses.”
Oh challenged the state to reveal the number of plots sold since Pakatan took power in 2008.
In one of the annual Auditor-General Reports, it was revealed that Penang managed to increase its revenue but, Oh is inclined to believe that this was only made possible with the sale of much land.
MPPP Financial Management sub-committee alternate chairman Tan Hun Wooi was reported as saying that the Taman Manggis land was sold because it had no plans to develop the site.
Penang DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) chief Ng Wei Aik said Penang Barisan should not make a fuss since they never brought up the issue when open tender bids were called for the land.
“The land was not utilised. Barisan also had no plans at all to develop it.”
He welcomed Barisan’s move to reveal more alleged land deals as “the state has nothing to hide.”