Rumah kos rendah: Adakah usaha kerajaan P Pinang mencukupi?


Has the Penang state government done enough to ensure adequate availability of low-income housing in the state?

Kebelakangan ini, nampaknya ada kerisauan di kalangan penduduk Pulau Pinang yang menrungut dan kuatir tentang harga rumah yang melambung tinggi sehingga ramai yang tidak sanggup membeli rumah sendiri.

Berikut adalah rekod kelulusan/pembangunan ruman kos rendah and kos sederhana rendah sejak Pakatan mengambil-alih teraju kepimpinan kerajaan Pulau Pinang.

Source: Penang state government

It means the state government and its agencies are developing 3421 low- and low-medium-cost apartments in the state while the private sector is putting up 8175 such homes. (What is the total number of homes being put up by the private sector and has it met its 30 per cent low-cost quota?)

If we are looking at just low-cost housing, the stage government/agencies are developing 1194 homes while the private sector is constructing 2612. (Low-cost homes are priced at RM42000 while low-medium-cost homes are priced at RM72500.)

Saya rasa lebih boleh dibuat untuk memastikan bekalan rumah kos rendah mencukupi untuk kalangan pekerja.

To prevention speculation in low- and low-medium-cost housing, tighter criteria should be put in place to ensure no resale of such houses perhaps for at least 10 years. Only those who are really in the low-income group should be eligible for such housing.

Dalam tahun tujuh puluhan, PDC telah membina bandar baru dengan banyak rumah kos rendah untuk kalangan pekerja gaji rendah. True, land was plentiful back then, but the state needs to do more to get rid of the perception that new housing in the state is now largely aimed at the upper middle-class and super-rich.

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  1. we need to control sub sale of LMC and LC.

    what about having the price on the plans when they submit cto housing commission for developer license, then recorded LC or LMC every subsale price LC or LMC price.

    LC and LMC for the people , end up our developers profits, whats the point LGE u need to look into the mechanism.

    I know a philantropist who is sick of development, he is an expert in this area ex REHDA who is willing to volunteer his time to help LGE to run the housing board.

    What wis our Penangs Housing Board formed in July 2011 doing ?? Has it started yet ?? r we modelling after spore HDB ??well not sure dont know how, follow spore la they have a tested model, cant g o too wrong. just make sure we dont become like spore hahaha

  2. The poor public’s cry for affordable housing should be given serious attention by the current Pakatan Government in Penang. But, is the State Government being serious about helping the poor?

    (Some) housing Developers are using their wits and bluffs in evading the need to build the affordable home, and many a time, the State Government lack the Competency to spot the guise that are played out in the open. Or, we can say, the State Government couldn’t be bothered about the housing for the poor.

    Our Chief Minister certainly have his hand full in looking after the National Affairs of the Party as well as Parliamentary duties, and solely depending on the reportings by his Assemblymen….

    How do you explain the case of the Developer (allegedly) amending his development plan during the short reign of the Pakatan government from building affordable housing for the poor into a CONDOMINIUM PROJECT in Seberang Perai?!!

    It is time that the Pakatan Government get-off being too buddy with the developers, or else the poor would call you BLUFF?

  3. Will the Federal Govt approve Public housing in Golden Triangle? Will The US Govt put public housing in Manhattan?
    So, is it logical to ask State Govt to put up cheap public housing in Pangkor Road, Or Ayer Rajah Area. Lets be logical.

    • Must every inch of land in Penang Island be desperately turned into another Asian Manhattan or Shanghai with gold platen roads and GaGas lifestyle?
      Why not made Penang Island a foreigners’ haven with automatic PRs and tax-free haven even for questionable monies from offshores and money laundering Mafias?
      Then Penang Island will be even more infamous than its Street Hawker Food.

  4. LGe should realise that his days as CM is fading away fast as the irregular large number of new voters in the electoral rolls only mean a sure defeat. If LGe has the heart for Penangites. He should grab the last remaining days to do something positive for Penangites before it is too late.
    First he should abandon the sPICE project. Control the housing price by withholding approval for housing project that did not meet affordability of Penangites. He should stop hill slope development immediately. He should adopt low impact development and enforce the Manual Saliran Alam Mesra requirements in all housing projects.
    He should apologise to Tanjong Bungah residents and Penangites for his refusal to rectify the mistake in Penang Island Structure Plan over the status of primary corridor of development. He should stop wanton approval for land reclamation and stop immediate development over reclaimed land without allowing the soil to stabilize and providing protection against erosion. LGe will one day regret that he wastes all the opportunity available for him to make change.

    • This is reported on Sunday Star today:

      “Even the durian growers in Balik Pulau have jumped into the fray and reportedly named a seedless variety of the fruit, “Koh Tsu Koon”. The analogy stuck and Dr Koh is now known as “boh hoot liulian” – it means seedless durian in Hokkien, suggesting that Dr Koh did not have the guts to stand up to Umno.”

  5. It is true that land on the island is limited. BUT with recently change on plot ratio for high-rise properties by MPPP, there should be possible for Penang State Govt to have affordable house for low and medium incomer.

    Currently, we did not see enought effort put by State Gov to resolve the problem. In addition, ask the low-incomer to stay in main land and do not provide enought transport facility and working opportunity for them is just rude.

    Is correct people should work hard and smart to earn more money for their better lifestyle. However, our problem here, where is the low-medium-cost housing that can afford by family which their monthly income is just merely RM 1500 …

  6. Land on the island is limited. So don’t expect the state government to work miracles.

    Population will increase unless people cease to have children.

    Get real

  7. Hi everyone,

    We can never run away from the fact building homes on the island costs more as land is scarce and compounded by the ever-rising prices of building materials, but would be comparatively cheaper building in Seberang Perai. I understand that construction materials have gone up by 20% in the last 4 or 5 months alone!

    Morever, how much land does the State Govt have on the island as compared to the mainland?

    Nonetheless, the State Govt must reexamine conditions for approval of private building projects by maybe, as an example, increasing the proportion of low-cost and medium-cost units that the developers need to build in their respective projects. Of course, the developers would pass the additional costs to the high-end buyers!

  8. You can get low cost 2 room house quite easily which is from RM62,000 – RM72,000 as the developers must build them with their high end units. The problem is getting 3 room medium cost house (700 sq ft +) from RM125,000 – RM150,000. Once these units are completed, the cost would skyrocket to RM200,000/

    Most of the medium range apartments now being built are in the range of 850 – 1200 sq ft and the prices ranges from RM280,000 to over RM400,000/= over. Once completed a 900 sq ft apartment would cost RM320,000/ and above.

    The govt must request the developer to build more medium units from 700 to 800 + sq ft with the prices between RM125,000/ RM180,000/= These are the houses that the developer are not building any more to ease the shortage of affordable housing.

    Instead they are building more and more high end condo ranging from RM700,000 to 2 millions plus such as one condo with 29 units at 1 unit per floor with a swimming pool each. That`s 29 swimming pools.

    • Yes, good points there, thanks.

      But isn’t there significant demand and a long waiting list for homes below RM100000 as well?

      • There must be a mechanism to ensure that low cost housing only be sold to those that are eligible (i.e. those really low income household who do not yet own a home), and the buyer must
        1) commit to hold it for at least 5 years so that they do not resell it for immediate profit else heavy tax on capital gain;
        2) stay in the house, and not rent it for profit
        Otherwise, the current problem will never be solved.

        It is not realistic to build a RM100,000 home in Penang island, unless it is those so-called ‘shoe-box’ bachelor pad unit (about 550-600 sqr ft). It is then not practicle for low-income household as they are likely to be a family with many children.

        Anyway, BN’s Chor Chee Heung wants buyer to take ‘3-generation’ loan, now the banks are laughing!

      • BN seems to encourage us to taken very-long-term housing loan, then have many children so that they can grow up paying the loan.

    • The bigger the units, the more the developers can charge at filthy prices! With the heady add-ons of luxuries the prices can reach heaven for the money gods to see. And the price psychology will begin to work hard on the minds of these greedy for more filthy profits at shorter time and faster listing in the Forbes magazine of the Rich and Famous.
      With a $$$-poor Gomen hungry for housing development (the only type of development available to Penang?) with no money to ‘shout’, these insane developers will not blink an eye lid to arm twist (360 degree) the $$$-poor State Gomen for more Rich Man Icon-buildings only within the reach of foreigners and less locals.
      The time may soon come even the smelly Sungai Pinang promontory off Jalan Jelutong will be off-limits to the poor, fishermen or rats and fully reserved for the Rich and Famous to dine and wine and recluse in Venice style living oblivion to the surrounding poor and dwindling middle class.

  9. Let the Federal gov. release all funds due before we analyse the performance of this state gov. Until then, let the former answer.

  10. Why doesn’t this DAP/PR government also give us statistics about how many high-cost condominiums (i.e. above RM200k/unit) (including those condo blocks approved on dangerous hillslopes) they have approved for construction since March 2008? And, in the interests of CAT, give us also the list of all the condo contractors who received approval from this DAP/PR government since March 2008. That would be better so we can then compare and evaluate the context and commitment of this DAP/PR government towards low-cost housing. Otherwise, there are lies, damned lies and statistics.

  11. In Penang island low cost house will also appreciate in value to become high cost given the scarcity of land in the island. Thus it make sense to build low cost housing in Prai where land is aplenty as most people do not want high rise low cost housing.

    Anyway, if you want quality home, you have to work hard to earn enough to qualify for it. Do not have the subsidy mentality that will impede progress. BN does not believe in welfare and socialism. They are removing subsidy and Penangites should not expect Pakatan to do miracles when cost of construction materials has also gone up.

    • I think people were looking for something different when they voted Pakatan. I think many want to see a greater commitment to low-income/affordable housing.

      • I have just spent RM10.70 for a lunch meal at McDonald’s. It is a luxury that I cannot afford everyday as it is overpriced for average malaysians. Can I ask the government to make it more affordable for me, by removing the 6% tax and forcing McDonald’s to price it lower?

        One can commit but can it be delivered? Same thing for housing.
        Ever wonder why our Malaysian low-cost estates are mostly so run down like a slum? When you make it low cost chances are they will soon degenerate into an unkempt slum.

        Most of the citizens (90%) in Singapore can own a HDB home. HDB home is not cheap but somehow most Singaporeans can afford to buy can pay the monthly maintenance fees to upkeep the property. Perhaps this is one area we can benchmark to learn from HDB and the town councils as well as their CPF practices.

      • McDonalds is a private company.

        Land and zoning and development approvals, however, come under the purview of the state/local government.

      • Khalifa,
        The GST has been delayed but after the GE when it is implemented you will feel even worse. I do need to tell you what you should do. Just do it and make that change.

      • Anil,

        Do you mean malaysians like to live in low cost houses? We should have data to show the need before building blindly. I support any effort to make housing more affordable but not low quality/cost ones.

      • Yes, housing should be made affordable.

        What price range do you think is affordable to a worker with a family who earns less than RM1500/mth?

      • Prof Ramasamy tweeted that low cost houses in Batu Kawan priced RM 42,000 very affordable.

      • Why so many condominiums being built – big demand and it seem that there are many rich people in Malaysia as the developers are building higher end units to cater for the people.

        When people vote for UMNO was it not UMNO to build more affordable houses too?

      • A responsible government will invest in educating people to advance their skillsets to qualify for better paying job. Those household with less than RM1500 income per month will continue to languish at the bottom, if they are continued to be pampered with hand-outs with no desire to upgrade the skillsets or focus on their children’s education. Unfortunately the poor in Malaysia choose to have large family and sacrifice on quality of life, their subsequent generation will repeat the same cycle of life and adding burden to the welfare expenses. BN has been choosing the populist direction, giving fish rather than teaching the poor how to fish. This is evident when the election is near and the poor will capitalise on the opportunity thus perpetuate the ongoing problem.

      • We Penangites wearing Red Shirts on that fateful day in the ‘dangerous’ field of Han Chiang were hoping with great courage, awakened sanity and resolute spirit (for the 1st time in 50 donkey years) to champion a new style of government for a better society of equal opportunities. Which also means equal rights to stay, work and multiply in Penang Island or mainland of our choice.
        We asked, demand and expect CHANGE. CHANGE for the better for all Penangites, irrespective of creeds, personal bank accounts or Datuk or No-Latuk.
        We for one sure thing will not welcome CHANGE of Penang Island to an economic status only livable for the Rich & Famous of Global Metropolis.

        And for those who think money can buy all manners of luxuries or push overs for own selfish lifestyles regardless of other persons’ poor circumstances, think thrice.
        All it needs is a natural, economic or political disaster to happen and we shall see who can truly cope better in the brawn streets, in an environment of uncertainty and unchartered chaos.

    • You mean Penang Island is only suitable and development prioritized for the Rich, Famous & Born Above Equal?
      And this being the unavoidable excuse since BarangNaik Syndrome set in a decade ago?
      Then the whole materialistic world will be reserved only for those affording the nice things in life!
      C’mon. This is seriously off-balanced as far as humanity is concerned. Each human being is created for a specific purpose / work though unequal in financial rewards. But it doesn’t mean the poor, uneducated or low skilled fellas are not suitable to be thy neighbors.
      Can you DIY sweep your filthy back lane or cuci the smelly longkang if you think the poor uneducated is not ‘suitable’ to live in any part of Penang Island, thus rendering them off-limit to do these unwanted filthy works in rich men’s pristine prestige Penang Island of the Rich and Famous?
      Where is my poor man’s Kopi-O kau kau of prudent money-sense, anytime better and affordable than Starry-Eyed Bucks which can rip a crater in my shallow pocket?


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