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Target set on reviving abandoned projects
16/05/2009 The Star By YIP YOKE TENG

THE Selangor government has set a target to revive at least 30 of the state’s 147 abandoned housing projects by the end of the year.

According to state housing, building management and squatters committee chairman Iskandar Abdul Samad, the target is highly achievable as the efforts under the state’s economic stimulus package are progressing well.

He said the list of companies and the abandoned projects they took over would be released in a month’s time.

Iskandar said more than half of the 60 abandoned projects put under the purview of a task force headed by Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib had attracted the interest of contractors and developers, who were negotiating with the original owners on the takeover plan.

“The state policy is not going to pump money into these abandoned projects which will require between RM5bil and RM9bil to revive as its annual budget is only RM1.5bil, but will invite investors to revive these projects,” he said.

Iskandar said this when meeting complainants at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) yesterday.

“However, the state can help in resolving land matters and offering easy payment schemes to companies taking over projects with arrears in quit rent, which in some cases amount to RM1mil,” he said.

Iskandar said eight projects with 2,000 units were revived last year.

He said the difficulty faced by state government was that some projects attracted too many interested companies while others had none.

Iskandar said escalation of project costs was a matter of concern, too, making it not viable to revive some projects.

He also said the state was calling in experts to provide input on the urban renewal programme, another scheme under the economic stimulus package.

Iskandar said it was not time yet to reveal the contents of discussion but assured residents that their views would be considered.

“We will make sure we get the residents’ approval before embarking on any project in their areas. That’s our policy,” he said.

Iskandar will be visiting other local councils to listen to public complaints. The next stop is Kajang Municipal Council.

Yesterday’s session at the MBPJ complex was dominated by complaints pertaining to condominium and apartment management, to which Iskandar said he would study it case by case.

Councillor K. W. Mak, meanwhile, assured residents that the MBPJ audit and good governance committee would take close heed of their complaints and take action against the unscrupulous contractors.


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