IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: James Tan, Project Director of Suntrack Development Sdn Bhd urges a review of low-cost housing, more resources for local councils and more enforcement on illegal dumping sites
It is high time for the Government to review the effectiveness of low cost housing in meeting its genuine and noble intention of housing the hardcore poor. There are many instances of the hardcore poor being denied owning such houses whilst investors are known to purchase such houses to profiteer from its rental returns and appreciation. All these profiteering are happening while at the same time, purchasers of normal- priced houses have to cross-subsidise the ever increasing cost for construction of low-cost houses.
• I wish that city councils be given much more financial resources to execute maintenance and upgrading of our neighbourhoods. This can happen by way of two options. The first option is for the state government or federal government to allocate more funds directly to them. The second option is for the local state assemblymen and councillors of the city councils to pick up the courage to convince our Rakyat that the assessments rates desperately needs a review which has been overdue for over 20 years. Without an even distribution of revenue source, most city councils resort to imposition of contributions in all forms on property developers which in turn increases house price for the new home purchasers.
• Our state government must give more attention to the management of our waste. I wish that the state government designate more legal dumping sites which are reasonably reachable in distance to the residents. Without these, there will be illegal dumping sites visible across our cities which in turn pose serious health hazards. A lot of such dumping sites are located at our riverbanks resulting in a constant spilling-over of rubbish into our rivers. We desperately need immediate action and enforcement to clamp down on illegal dumping sites.