KPKT commits to complete all sick PR1MA projects by 2024, Johor Sultan disappointed over lack of cleanliness at low-cost flats and more
16th May – 22nd May
The Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT) announced that eight of the 17 sick PR1MA Corporation Malaysia (PR1MA) projects had been completed, with three more set to be completed this year.
Meanwhile, Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has expressed disappointment over the lack of cleanliness at the low-cost flats within his state and likened them to chicken coops.
1. KPKT commits to complete all sick PR1MA projects by 2024
The Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT) announced that eight of the 17 sick PR1MA Corporation Malaysia (PR1MA) projects had been completed, with three more sets to be completed this year.
The rest of the projects are expected to be completed by next year, reported Bernama.
“By 2024, there will be no more sick projects, this is the commitment of the Malaysia Madani unity government, which always upholds the dignity and cares for the welfare and well-being of the people,” said KPKT Minister Nga Kor Ming.
The eight completed projects included Phase Two of Residensi Sitiawan and Residensi Taman Raia Sentosa in Perak; Residensi Ranggu and Phase 1 of Residensi Woodford Estate in Sabah; Residensi Pelangi Indah and Residensi Kota Tinggi in Johor; Residensi Bandar Bukit Mahkota in Selangor and Residensi Seri Mahkota in Kedah.
Residensi Kota Tinggi – which has been completed via the KPKT Sick Project Rehabilitation Programme – features 625 terrace homes, with facilities including a kindergarten, playground, surau and a multipurpose hall.
Meanwhile, Residensi Larkin Indah in Johor is set to be completed in Q3 2023.
2. Johor Sultan disappointed over lack of cleanliness at low-cost flats
Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has expressed disappointment over the lack of cleanliness at the low-cost flats within his state and likened them to chicken coops.
He noted that the indiscriminately disposed of rubbish made the area a breeding ground for pests, insects and rodents, reported Free Malaysia Today.
“I have personally seen that many low-cost flats in Johor are in very bad condition. It is almost as if my people are living in chicken coops,” read his Facebook post.
He called the federal government to provide assistance by repairing such flats, while urging the residents to be responsible and maintain cleanliness.
In a separate report by Free Malaysia Today, Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming assured that the rubbish at the low-cost flats in Johor will be cleared in two days.
“I have received pictures of the rubbish from the Sultan of Johor, and we will deal with this immediately. Action will be taken in the next two days,” said the minister.
3. Johor mulls redeveloping Taman Ungku Tun Aminah flats
The state government of Johor is exploring the possibility of redeveloping Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (Tuta) low-cost flats, which are now four-decade-old and facing various issues.
According to State Housing and Local Government Committee Chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor, an estimated RM26.3 million is needed to resolve all maintenance issues at the 44-block flats.
Notably, over RM1.8 million is needed to redevelop one block alone with 72 housing units, which works out to RM25,000 for each unit, reported Bernama.
A pilot project will be conducted to maintain one of the blocks – Block 16 – which registered the worst issues involving the roof and ceiling, drainage and wiring.
To commence in October, the project is set to be completed by end-2023. Once completed, the project will provide the government with an example of the cost needed to maintain the flats.
Mohd Jafni said the federal government is expected to provide special allocation for the maintenance of public flats which are more than 40 years old.
He noted that management corporations (MC) in public flats are finding it hard to collect maintenance fees, so a special budget needs to be allocated for flats that are in critical condition.
4. Kepong residents call for construction of a park instead of food court
Residents of Kepong in Kuala Lumpur have called for the construction of a recreational park on a 0.4ha government reserve land at Jalan Vista Mutiara 1.
This comes after the authorities halted the unauthorised clearing of the site, which had been earmarked for a food court, reported The Star.
Dic Lai, Special Assistant of Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, said residents were suspicious when hoarding was put up on the plot of land. They then made enquiries with the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office (PTGWP) and found that the land clearing was being conducted without approval.
They also learned that the site was zoned for recreational use.
“After we reported the matter, officers from PTGWP came several days ago to put up a notice instructing those responsible to stop any activities on the land,” said Lai.
With this, residents urged Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to build a recreational park on the land instead.
They hope DBKL will reconsider giving the go signal for the food court if a proposal had been submitted.
They pointed out that the current parking situation within the area is already strained and adding a food court will only worsen the congestion.
5. DBKL takes preventive measures to help tenants affected by thunderstorm
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has taken preventive measures to ensure the safety of occupants at the Loke Yew public housing flats after the walls of a housing unit were ripped apart during a thunderstorm.
The affected area has been secured, with temporary walls installed while waiting for repair works, reported Bernama.
Temporary measures were also taken at four units of the Seri Johor public housing flats after the roofing at such units was blown away during the thunderstorm.
“Canvas sheets have been placed over the affected units before the proper roofing is installed,” said DBKL in a statement.
It added that electricity supply at the affected units had also been cut off as a precaution and the occupants temporarily stayed with their relatives in nearby areas.
At this stage, DBKL has not opened a temporary relief centre.
6. MBIP allocates RM7 million to low-cost flats’ beautification
The beautification of the Kenari and Jentayu low-cost flats within in Taman Kangkar Pulai, Johor Baru is set to start this month as Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) had allocated RM7 million for the project.
The two-blocks of five-storey flats, with a total of 400 units, were selected for the Bangsa Johor Sejahtera programme due to the proactive attitude shown by the joint management body (JMB), reported The Star.
Iskandar Puteri Mayor Datuk Haffiz Ahmad then urged other medium- and low-cost flat dwellers under MBIP’s jurisdiction to follow the example of Jentayu and Kenari residents in keeping the living space clean.
“Residents should not procrastinate in paying their monthly maintenance fees too,” he said.
Failure or delay in paying such fees could hinder the JMB’s ability to properly maintain the flats.