Published: Saturday June 30, 2012 MYT 4:50:00 PM
Chor: Kedah govt did not meet low-cost housing promises
ALOR SETAR: The federal government is disappointed with the Kedah government's failure to fulfil its promises to build low-cost houses after winning in the 2008 general election.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the state government merely cited several excuses, such as amendments to housing plans, to mask its failure to meet pledges made to the people.
"Four years of administration is a long time, and as the general election approaches, they (Kedah Government) now say they are building (the houses)," Chor told reporters after a meeting with Taman Uda residents here.
Chor, the Alor Setar MP, said the federal government was always willing to cooperate with the states, especially those under opposition rule.
But Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak had not asked for assistance from the federal government to help resolve the low-cost housing problems in the state, he said.
The state government has been accused of failing to manage three housing projects, namely low-cost apartments in Bandar Darulaman in Jitra, Bandar Sejahtera in Pokok Sena and Bandar Tunku Puteri, Gajah Mati in Pokok Sena.
Meanwhile, Chor reminded potential house buyers not to be easily hoodwinked by offers of houses by syndicates.
He said there were irresponsible developers taking advantage of the situation by claiming that the federal and state governments would be building more low-cost houses in the city.
"Buyers thought the errant developers were connected to the government and were willing to put up large amounts in downpayment," noted Chor.
He hoped the police would bring the errant parties to book.
On June 28, 16 low-cost house buyers in the city lodged police reports at the Kota Setar police headquarters, alleging they had been cheated by a real estate agent, about two years ago.
The buyers were conned by an agent into making a downpayment of RM2,000 each in a non-existent housing project. - Bernama