Source: LSS Report
My replies (in blue) to CM Lim Guan Eng’s Taman Manggis/Bungalow Scandal FAQ post today:
The real story behind the sale of Taman Manggis land and the bungalow house controversy
UMNO and Barisan Nasional have been making various false accusations against the Penang state government and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over the sale of Taman Manggis land and the Chief Minister’s house. Through the BN-controlled mainstream media, the state government and the CM have been continuously attacked with false accusations. The following is the true story behind the issue.
Background of Taman Manggis Land
Taman Manggis land is located at the junction of Jalan Zainal Abidin and Jalan Burmah in George Town, Penang. According to a 2001 layout plan submitted by the National Housing Department (under the Housing Ministry) Taman Manggis was designated “for future development”. A declassified Penang state EXCO minutes in 2005 shows that the BN state government had wanted to tender out the land to private developers for mixed-development projects with shop houses and government quarters.
LSS: It was a suggestion brought up for discussion that was not even approved. Even if it was approved, it would still be public housing and not sale to a private company. The fact that the DAP Penang Govt was still able to sell this land in 2009 shows that this proposal in 2005 did not proceed.
Another EXCO minutes in 2007 shows that the BN state government rejected the federal government’s application to build public housing in Taman Manggis.
This is a blatant lie. The 2007 letter was from the federal govt to take ownership of the land of the ENTIRE Taman Manggis affordable housing project which is a standard practise by the federal govt – not just the 1.1 acres for phase 2. Please read the letter carefully and don’t lie anymore.
In 2010, Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC) had purchased the 1-acre land which was earmarked as “future development” via open tender to build a hospital to promote medical tourism.
For public and affordable housing, the Penang state government has allocated another 11-acre piece of land in Jalan S.P. Chelliah.
LSS: Again this is incorrect. The houses in the Chelliah project starts at RM72,500 +RM20,000 for a carpark. It is not a direct replacement for the PPRT projects in Taman Manggis Phase 2 where houses would be for rental at RM100 per month or sold for RM40,000 each.
In any case, why should it need to be a replacement when both projects can proceed together? Is it because Penang already have too many affordable homes already?
Open tender means awarding to the company that paid the highest price per square foot. KLIDC was the highest bidder in the open tender exercise. Continue reading