KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor lashed out at Seputeh member of Parliament Teresa Kok for staging a protest against plans to initiate the Federal Territories Affordable Housing scheme (Rumawip) in the Seputeh area here.
Tengku Adnan said the MP does not understand the rationale behind implementing the ‘urban renewal’ programme, and that her action could be politically-motivated.
"(Teresa) does not like development to take place in her area. Maybe she feels the demography of the area would change and fears that more Malays would be brought to Seputeh.
"However, she does not understand that we are not doing this for one race but for all races," he told reporters after opening the ‘Jom Bantu Rakyat’ programme at the People’s Housing Scheme (PPR) in Kampung Baru Air Panas here yesterday.
Tengku Adnan, who is also the member of Parliament for Putrajaya, said the Rumawip programme is meant to revive development at old housing areas and areas that have been abandoned by building affordable homes for the people.
The media yesterday reported that Teresa Kok and a group of residents carrying banners and placards had staged a protest over the sale of a plot of land near the Seputeh Community Hall, meant for development.
A video-clip of the protest was also uploaded on social media, showing two individuals claiming that the protest had interrupted a wedding at the community hall.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, Tengku Adnan said City Hall (DBKL) had allocated RM200 million to maintain and refurbish 281 blocks of PPR houses and Public Housing in and around the city.
"DBKL will monitor houses that are old and need to be refurbished. If such houses are identified, maintenance or repairs will be carried out for free," he said. -- Bernama