Halimey vows to address housing issue in Seri Setia

NUR LELA ZULKIPLI

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) vowed to resolve the people’s housing problem in Seri Setia area and upgrade existing homes to make sure they meet current needs.

Seri Setia PH candidate Halimey Abu Bakar said he would urge the Housing and Local Government Ministry to build more affordable houses for the Seri Setia constituents.

“I have met the Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin about this and we realise that there is space constraint in implementing this proposal. But I believe every problem has a solution.

“Through the redevelopment programme that is there, I will propose to the government to redevelop old housing areas such as Kampung Lindungan to meet the trends and needs of a better quality life,” he said at a press conference here today.

Halimey said housing demand in urban areas rose dramatically after migration of people from rural areas, causing over population and imbalance in the constituency.

“This phenomenon is seen to be worsening when the cost of living in the city, including Seri Setia, continues to rise unevenly against the residents income.

“This makes it difficult for the younger generation to own a home. I put this as one of the priority issues to be addressed since it’s a long standing problem, if I am elected,” he said.

He said the redevelopment proposed at old housing areas can emulate the redevelopment projects at Kampung Kerinchi in Lembah Pantai.

“I believe this would be an effective solution to tackle the housing problem faced by residents in Seri Setia.

“I will also take into consideration those who cannot buy a house of their own because either they do not have a stable income or because of their age” he said.

Meanwhile, for the urban poor, Halimey said he will propose to the state government to build special houses to be rented out to these people for a minimum rental rate of not more than RM250.

“For singles, meanwhile, one-room houses or studio apartments would be beneficial considering that they wouldn’t need very big space to live,” he said.

Halimey is contesting against Pas candidate Dr Halimah Ali in the by-election set for Sept 8.

The Seri Setia state seat fell vacant after incumbent assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin passed away on Aug 2 after a battle with cancer. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd