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Scandal brewing in Penang over low and medium-cost housing policy

GEORGE TOWN: Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) lodged a report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) state headquarters today on alleged malfeasance in the state’s housing policies.

Its vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan also handed over documents highlighting the allocation of low and medium-cost (LMC) units in the state to undeserving homebuyers.

“I would like the MACC to investigate an LMC owner, who seems not to be eligible to be allocated a unit at Bukit Gambir here, as we have found that she is well-off and does not deserve to stay there.

“There is something wrong with the LMC allocation policy by the state government and we want the MACC to intervene, as the matter is of public interest,” said Huan.

He added that for the LMC unit in question, it was found that the owner has three superbikes and two cars, all of which were registered using the same number plate, but with different prefixes.

One of the superbikes, he pointed out, costs RM114,000 – which is more expensive than the LMC unit, priced at RM72,500.

Among the documents contained in the thumb drive handed over by Huan were advertisements for the unit, and pictures of the luxury cars and superbikes.

Huan said that the state government owes Penangites an answer, especially those deserving of a unit, but have not been given one.

It is estimated that there are 20,000 applicants for LMCs on a waiting list.

Last week, PCM demanded an explanation from the DAP-led state government on why newly-completed LMC units in the state are being rented out or put up for sale.

Huan also demanded that the state government come clean on whether only the deserving were being offered the units.

He said based on their own investigations at an LMC apartment in Bukit Gambir, many of the units there were either rented out, or put up for rent or sale.

It was reported that state Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo had said the administration will investigate the findings by PCM.

The LMC apartments in Bukit Gambir are freehold and were completed at the end of 2013. They comprise two 31-storey blocks, with a total of 780 units.-nst

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