KL City Hall gets 1,000 Sri Aman PPR units to solve Jinjang Utara squatter woes

AZURA ABAS and FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR


PUTRAJAYA: The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry today handed over 1,000 units of Sri Aman People’s Housing Project (PPR) to Kuala Lumpur City Hall to address the squatter issues in Jinjang Utara.

The ministry and City Hall had earlier signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Both parties have agreed that 1,000 units of Sri Aman PPR in Kepong will be managed by the City Hall, while another 600 units will be administered by the ministry.

The MoU was signed by the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

Also present was Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said City Hall will implement the rent-to-own programme to allow Jinjang Utara residents to buy the units.

“The Jinjang Utara people have been living in squatter homes for a long time. As instructed by the Prime Minister, we will use the rent-to-own concept so that the residents can purchase the house.

“We learnt that another 600 units managed by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry will be rented or used as transit homes. We would like to thank the ministry for addressing the squatter problem in Jinjang,” he told reporters after the MoU signing ceremony.

The MoU is also to ensure that the management of Sri Aman PPR is carried out based on the terms agreed by both parties, including the management of sales and revenue, as well as maintenance.

It was reported that about 900 families have been living in Jinjang Utara longhouses.

Being part of the government’s squatter eradication programme in the 1990s, they were relocated temporarily to 400 sqft longhouse units with the promise of being offered low-cost housing as permanent homes.

The Sri Aman PPR project was completed in Dec 2015.

The four-block apartment flat was built on a 3.9-hectare land owned by the City Hall. The cost of the project was RM215 million.