Overhaul the low cost housing distribution mechanism to prevent recurrence, Gerakan Press statement by A. Kohilan, Gerakan vice-president, Selangor Gerakan chairman and central bureau chief on government administration affairs

Gerakan has called for a total review and overhaul of low cost housing distribution mechanism to prevent recurrence of the low-cost housing scandal in Selangor, involving the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) 

Gerakan vice-president A Kohilan Pillay said the respective state governments and local authorities in the country should treat this MBPJ episode as a lesson and look into tightening loopholes in their by-laws, regulations or guidelines to prevent such incidents from occurring in their states. 

“We should prevent the irresponsible people from taking advantage to make money as low-cost flats are meant for the poor. To allow low cost flats to be given to people other than the poor for unjust enrichment is totally unacceptable,” said Kohilan in a statement. 

Kohilan, who is also Deputy Foreign Minister, said the scandal in Selangor should be taken as a lesson to learn and the incident should not be repeated. 

“Low cost flats are for the poor and not for people to gain benefits,” he stressed. 

He said social justice dictates that all parties involved in the construction of low-cost flats, including the state governments, local councils and housing developers should see to it that the houses built were allocated to the deserving poor. 

Kohilan said he was glad to know that several senior officers who bought low-cost apartments in Selangor despite not being qualified to own one had offered to return the units to the state government. 

“They are morally, though may not legally, obliged to return the units to the state government. Gerakan is of the view that the wrong should be righted in the name of social justice,” he added.

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