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Selangor condo does not cater to the underprivileged, says GAPS chief

SHAH ALAM: Another controversy is brewing in Selangor, this time involving a proposal by the state government to build a lavish condominium complex at Kampung Datuk Keramat, an area where mostly the underprivileged stay.

The Datum Jelatek development by Selangor Development Corpo­ration (PKNS) does not cater to the needs of the residents in the area, said Selangor Anti-Irregularities Federation (GAPS) president Hamidzun Khairuddin.

“Each unit will be sold for between RM956,000 and RM11.6mil. How are residents there going to afford it?

“You have to earn RM20,000 at the least to afford to service the loan for the condo,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Hamidzun, who was together with representatives of several other non-governmental organisations, said the project, which was launched in Singapore, should be scrapped.

“PKNS is supposed to build affordable homes for the people, not deny them the chance to own a house,” he added.

The project, construction work on which is yet to start, is expected to consist four residential blocks and several shop-lots.

It is said to be on land where low-cost flats were previously demolished.

Hamidzun also expressed dissatisfaction with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for allegedly promising residents there to build affordable homes.

“We will hold a peaceful demonstration tomorrow to express our grouses against the Selangor Government,” he said.

Meanwhile, when Khalid was asked if the Selangor Government was willing to scrap the project, he said PKNS needed high-end projects in order to build and sell low-cost units at a much lower price.


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