Monday July 2, 2012
Don’t shift all low-cost housing to Batu Kawan, state urged
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The state government should not practise double standards by shifting affordable housing projects to Batu Kawan, Penang Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow said.
He said proper planning must be in place to ensure equal distribution of such housing units in all five districts in the state.
“The state government has said that it would build some 30,000 units of low-cost housing in Batu Kawan.
“But not all low-income earners would want to stay in Batu Kawan,” he said after launching Barisan Nasional’s Batu Kawan parliamentary constituency election machinery at the Perkampungan Juru community hall here yesterday.
Teng said Batu Kawan also did not have many jobs to offer to the lower income group, adding that they might end up spending high costs on travel expenses to work elsewhere.
He said the previous Barisan-led state administration had laid strong foundations for Batu Kawan, by developing the Bandar Cassia township under the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and by connecting the second Penang bridge between Batu Maung on the island with Batu Kawan on the mainland.
“The previous state administration had mapped out necessary plans to further develop Batu Kawan, which is not being done by the present administration,” he said.
Teng also reminded Barisan’s component party members to close ranks and to forge ties to win over the people’s confidence and support.
“The people are the most important persons in an election, not the candidates, who may come and go.
“And, as a leader, my greatest hope is for the people to continue to support us.
“They will decide Barisan’s success in all elections, including in the next general election,” he said.