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DBKL Hopes for Win-Win Solution for Housing Woes

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan has promised to sign the development order for an affordable housing in Jinjang Selatan Tambahan (JST) so that the developer can begin building the project in the next two months, reported The Star.

However, he revealed that there are still some issues with the beneficiaries of the project, and the authorities want to create a win-win solution for the developer and the beneficiaries.

"JST residents refused to leave their existing homes until the low-cost units are ready, but the developer will not agree to this," said Nor Hisham.

"The residents must be considerate too. The developer is offering RM700 in monthly allowance until their new houses are ready, but some residents are asking for RM1,000."

Previously, it was reported that residents of Jinjang Selatan Tambahan were given eviction notices to move out of their homes by 31 January, even though the promised dwellings for the residents have not yet been completed.

According to Kepong Community Service Centre Head Yee Poh Ping, city hall and the developer wanted the residents of Lot 9712 to move out in the past years.

Nonetheless, the developer has committed to provide first-generation JST families with a one-off payment of RM1,000 as ex-gratia settlement and a monthly rental allowance of RM700 until the free 900 sq ft low-cost unit are built.

In comparison, second-generation families will get a one-off payment of RM3,000 and an opportunity to buy a low-cost home for RM200,000.

Asked about the issue of Jinjang Utara longhouse residents who were unable to get homes in PPR Sri Aman, the Mayor revealed that the Housing Ministry, developer and residents' representatives will meet to come up with solutions to the issue.

"The residents can highlight their problems at the meeting. I do not want this issue to drag on for too long."

Previously, it was reported that several original longhouse residents were unable to get accommodations at the nearby 1,600-unit PPR Sri Aman, which was specifically constructed to house them.

These residents were former squatters in Kuala Lumpur, who were relocated in the longhouses in Jinjang Utara in the 90s. Although the longhouses were supposed to be temporary homes good for only five years, they remained there until early-2018. While most were able to move into PPR Sri Aman last year, some were unable to get dwellings there as some were not at home when the census was conducted.

Originally, DBKL agreed to offer original longhouse tenants with a low-cost home in PPR Sri Aman priced at RM35,000 each, while their next-of-kin will be able to lease a unit there or at another nearby housing development.

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