21 June, 2010
KEDAH PAS AGAIN FLIP FLOP ON HOUSING POLICY
I refer to the reported news in a local daily today (Sinar Harian) whereby Kedah’s Housing and Local Government EXCO Datuk Ir Phahrolrazi Zawawi claims that the implementation of 50% Bumiputera Quota for housing projects in Kedah, involving swapped Malay Reserve land is fair.
Previously, under the Barisan Nasional led government, the quota for bumiputera in such housing projects was 30%.
On 8th December, 2009, the PAS-led Kedah government had agreed to defer the implementation of the 50% Bumiputera Quota for these housing projects. This was after numerous complains by Kedahans over the iirational policy over a period of more than a year.
However, with the statement today by the said PAS-led Kedah’s Housing and Local Government EXCO, it is doubtful whether the Kedah PAS-led government had actually deferred the implementation of the 50% Bumiputera Quota.
In such uncertainty, the Menteri Besar of Kedah must come out to clarify the actual policy of the PAS-led Kedah state on this matter.
Kedah’s development would continue to be stagnated if the PAS-led state government unable to come out with clear and rational policy.
The PAS-led Kedah government must understand that their failure to boost the housing industry and related industry in Kedah would indirectly affect the livelihood and income of Bumiputera in Kedah, such as Bumiputera housing developers, contractors, labours and other people related in the housing industry.
This matter has persisted in Kedah almost 2 years since PAS took over the state government.
As such, I hope that the PAS-led government would be able to set aside their political ambition to resolve this matter once and for all in the interest of all Kedahans.