Wednesday August 8, 2012
Committee want owners to come forward
Story and photo by FONG KEE SOON
SEVENTY units of public low-cost homes in Perak remain vacant for close to 30 years as the successful applicants cannot be contacted.
The situation was revealed by state Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar.
“I have advised the state housing department to advertise the names of the applicants in newspapers so that they or their next-of-kin can come forward to take ownership of the homes.
“Meanwhile, those who need additional information on their properties, should contact the state housing department at 05-2531957,” he told reporters after chairing a PAC meeting at the state secretariat last Friday.
On another matter, Raja Ahmad Zainuddin said an Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) would be built at the site of the former Super Kinta Departmental Store above Ipoh’s central market.
The supermarket, which used to be the anchor tenant at the market, closed down in 2006.
“We hope the UTC will spur greater occupancy rate of the stalls in the central market, which is only 77.5% utilised with 946 stalls being occupied currently,” said the Kubu Gajah assemblyman.
The UTC, he said, was expected to occupy a floor size of approximately 4,087sqm and be ready within this year.
Raja Ahmad Zainuddin also advised the Ipoh City Council to come up with ways to rejuvenate the Bercham wet market.
“The council has lost a total of RM1.5mil in revenue over the last three years due to vacant trading premises especially on the upper floor.
“The people, especially the elderly, prefer to frequent stalls on the ground floor and those outside the market,” he said.