Selangor Government should take over house owners’ debts as it did with Talam’s.
KUALA LUMPUR: An NGO has urged the Selangor Government to take over debts of house owners from a State agency’s housing project and settle it four times the market value.
Using the case of the Talam Corporation Berhad’s case in which the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)-led State Government was alleged to have taken over the company’s debts and paid four times the value, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) said the Selangor Government should adopt the same principle in dealing with the house owners debts’ woes with the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).
JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah said the Selangor Government should not practice double standard and should help the house-owners as how it took over Talam’s debt and paid four times the market value.
“If they can take over Talam’s debt and paid four times higher than (market) value, it should then not be wrong for them to take over the house owners’ debts following the same mechanism,” Azwanddin told reporters.
This, he said, will be consistent with the state government’s aspirations to help ease the burden of the rakyat and the plight of those from the lower-income group.
Azwanddin further alleged that the State Government had in November 2009 agreed to pay RM392 million in the Talam case even though Evaluation and Property Serivces Department evaluation made in the same year was only at RM90 million.
“So why can’t they help their own people like they helped Talam before this?” Azwanddin said.
Earlier, residents from various low-cost housing projects had demanded the state subsidiary to take over their loans.
They had demanded that the State Government directed PKNS to take over their home loans as how it had directed Selangor Industrial Corporation Sdn Bhd (SIC), a PKNS subsidiary, to take over Talam’s debts.
“If PKNS can easily take over Talam’s debts through the SIC, why can’t they (the State Government) take over the debts that we have incurred for our homes over the years?” a residents’ representative said.
Following that, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim announced the state government is willing to review the proposal to take over debts of the house owners.
However, he said that the state government would only be looking into the possibility of taking over the houses, so that those who can’t afford to own the house, would have the option to pay rent to the state government.
“Mereka yang tidak tidak mampu membayar pinjaman perumahan, kita boleh ambil rumah mereka dan mereka hanya bayar sewa paling rendah. (We can take over the houses of those who can’t repy their loans and they only have a minimum rental charges).”
“Namun dari segi pemilikan, mereka tidak boleh (miliki kediaman terbabit) kerana mereka tidak ada keupayaan untuk memiliki kediaman. (However, in terms of ownership, they can’t own the house since they don’t have the financial capability to do so,” he said as quoted in Utusan Malaysia.