Sunday January 13, 2013
Penang BN keen to purchase Taman Manggis for development of housing units
GEORGE TOWN: The state Barisan Nasional still wants to purchase the 0.4ha Taman Manggis land for the development of low-cost housing units although the Penang Government has decided to rescind its offer.
Its Youth chief Oh Tong Keong said the coalition had not given up its plan to purchase the land as it had yet to receive an official letter stating that the deal is cancelled.
“Furthermore, the state has yet to refund us the 1% earnest money of RM224,073 paid on Oct 3 last year.”
He added that the party would continue to press the state government to present it with a proper sale and purchase agreement so that the proposed housing scheme could go ahead as planned.
“We are committed to helping the poor folk and we will try our best to ensure that PPR (people's housing programme) flats will be constructed on the Taman Manggis land,” said Oh.
The state Barisan's offer was rejected by the Penang Government because the coalition had failed to settle full payment on time on Dec 5 last year.
Furthermore, the coalition also did not change the directors and shareholders of the developer Taman Manggis Fasa 2 Development Sdn Bhd to include Penang Barisan chief Teng Chang Yeow and other state party leaders.
When Penang was under Barisan, the land had been earmarked for a second-phase “Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR)” project but when Pakatan Rakyat took over, the land was apparently sold to a private company.
Subsequently, the state offered to sell it to Barisan after months of wrangling between the two parties.