Apartment blocks to get fresh coat of paint


RESIDENTS of Taman Han Chiang in Jalan Sungkai, Penang, were beaming with joy when they received the cheque for repainting their apartments.

The 40-year-old project consists of six apartment blocks and over 200 units.

The blocks will be repainted in three phases under the state’s Maximum 80% Housing Maintenance Fund (TPM80PP) programme.

State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the total repainting works cost RM220,000 and the state would bear 20% of the total cost which was RM44,000.

He said the Management Corporation (MC) of the project was supposed to bear the remaining 80%, which was RM176,000.

“The first phase consists of Block 25 and 27 of the project. The repainting job will cost RM60,000 and the state government will bear RM12,000.

Jelutong MP R.S.N. Rayer had successfully obtained an allocation of RM48,000 from the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) under the Prime Minister’s Department to offset the remaining cost of the Phase One repainting job.

“The residents do not have to fork out even a single sen for the Phase One of the entire project,” he said during the cheque presentation ceremony at Taman Han Chiang today.

Also present was Rayer.

The repainting job for Block 42 (Phase Two) costs about RM70,000.

“The state will bear RM14,000 of the total RM70,000 cost for Phase Two.

“Rayer is in the midst of applying for an allocation of RM50,000 from ICU. He will also contribute RM6,000 from his constituency allocation.

“That would mean that the residents also do not have to pay any amount for Phase Two.

Taman Han Chiang Management Corporation chairman Ung Lay Pheng said the residents are very grateful to the Pakatan Harapan government for fulfilling their needs.

“The residents are very happy that their apartments can finally be repainted.

“It has been their dream for the past 40 years,” she said.

Phase Three of the repainting works (Block A, B and 29) will start after the completion of Phase Two. Phase Three will cost RM90,000.

Story & pix by K. Thaarshenii