The DAP representatives said that Selangor’s reply to the state assembly clearly states that 5,526 units of low-medium and medium cost housing have been completed.
This is about 25 percent of the 23,637 planned by the Selangor government, contradicting Lim's claim in the Dewan Rakyat that “not a single low or medium cost home has been built” by Selangor since March 2008.
“Lim appears to have conveniently read only half the response by the state government,” they said in the statement following a site visit to a soon-to-be completed affordable home project in Bangi.
They added that as a civil engineer, Lim should know that 25 percent completion in four years is “commendable” as “planning, approving and constructing houses isn't like ordering a plate of char koay teow”.
Besides the Bangi project, the state government is also building 135 units of affordable homes in Sungai Long which is due for completion next year, and 563 units in Shah Alam, they said.
Exco: Retract statement or resign
They added that the homes are built by the Selangor government even though affordable homes is the obligation of the federal Housing and Local Government Ministry.
In a separate statement, Selangor executive councillor in charge of housing Iskandar Samad (right) has called for Lim to “retract his statement or resign”.
“Lim's claim is not factual, (it is) negligent, confusing and not fitting of a deputy minister.
“I will announce the list of all affordable homes currently under construction on Nov 1 to give Lim to chance to retract his claim,” he said.
He said that not only is the state actively building affordable homes themselves, they are also encouraging commercial developers to do the same.
“Affordable homes in Selangor are priced at RM85,000 to RM150,000, far lower then affordable homes built by the federal government, which is sold for up to RM300,000,” he said.
The 800-1000 square feet homes are available for Selangor residents earning between RM2,500 to RM5,000.
12,000 affordable homes by 2021
Meanwhile, Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) general manager Abdul Ghani Hashim said PKNS plans to build more than 12,000 affordable houses around Selangor from 2011 to 2021.
“A total of 12,242 house units will be built in Bandar Baru Bangi, Antara Gapi, Kota Puteri, Gombak, Seksyen U12, Taman Sains Selangor II and Bandar Sultan Suleiman in this set period,” he said.
In an exclusive interview with Sinar Harian, he said the homes are priced below market price at RM150,000 and under, and will cost PKNS RM1.1 billion in subsidies alone.
“In Bukit Botak, there are 1,422 housing units that are nearing completion. I expect to receive the certificates of occupancy by next January or February and perhaps in March, people can start to move in... In Bangi, there are more than 100 housing units that are 70 percent completed”.
He added that tender will be called for the Kampung Seri Temenggung, Gombak project, permission obtained for planning in Antara Gapi while the Kota Puteri project is being finalised.