THE Penang Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee office has applied for a RM135 million allocation from the Federal Government to maintain eligible public housing schemes in Penang next year.
Its chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo told reporters today that the amount was not much if compared to what Penang had paid to the Federal Government.
“Penang is one of the highest taxpayers. The state contributes about RM7 billion a year to the Federal Government. So, we deserve attention from the Federal Government,” he said, hoping to get a response from the Federal Government soon.
At Taman Sri Angsana in Paya Terubong, Jagdeep said that the state would continue aid needy apartment schemes in Penang.
“The Penang government has various housing maintenance funds and programmes to assist eligible housing schemes in need.
“The Penang government has spent about RM285.68 million to assist various maintenance projects in eligible housing schemes, from 2008 until Nov 1. This is the state government’s effort,” he said.
Jagdeep also said that the state has approved the Penang Maximum 80% Housing Maintenance Fund (TPM80PP) application by Taman Sri Angsana.
“The housing scheme has applied for the fund to upgrade two units of lifts at Block 9. The total cost of the upgrading project is RM150,000 and the state has agreed to bear 80% of the total cost,” he said.
On a separate note, Jagdeep urged the Health Ministry to accelerate the administration of Covid-19 vaccine booster to eligible recipients in Penang.
Story by Christopher Tan
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