ALL SMILES: Allocation is in line with vision of being squatter-free
IPOH: ATOTAL of 86 squatters from Gunung Cheroh, Taman Wing Onn and Taman Hock Aun here were all smiles when they were allocated houses by the Perak government.
Datuk S. Veerasingam, the special adviser to Perak Menteri Besar, said this move was in line with the state's vision of being squatter-free by next year.
"The menteri besar has been working hard to eliminate the squatter problem for the past three years," said Veerasingam after presenting offer letters to the recipients at the State Secretariat building recently.
He said the squatters in Gunung Cheroh have been relocated to flat units at Taman Mas, Menglembu, while the Taman Wing Onn squatters were given RM80,000 semi-detached houses.
Taman Hock Aun squatters, meanwhile, were given land.
Elaborating on the plan, Veerasingam said the state government was working with a developer to build the semi-detached houses.
"The house is sold at cost price of RM80,000 each, and squatters can get a loan from banks to buy the unit," he said.
The flats are sold to the squatters at RM40,000 per unit.
One recipient, Pang Pheng Gee, from Taman Hock Aun said he had been applying for the land since 2008.
"No words can describe my jubilation when I received the letter asking me to come and collect the offer letter," said the father of five.
Another recipient, R. Supramaniam, said when he received the letter last week, he thought someone was playing a prank on him.
"This is because I had been applying for the land for more than 10 years with no news on my application," he said.
He thanked the present state government for legitimising his status.
"It is better late than never," he said.