9th June, 2013
KOTA KINABALU: The State Local Government and Housing Minister has rubbished off talks that the government will not bring development to Kota Kinabalu constituency after it was captured by the Opposition in the elections.
Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said that the talks and statement by a local estate valuer in a recent property seminar that the BN government would not improve infrastructures were nonsense.
“The statement does not make sense at all as Kota Kinabalu is our state capital and the citizens pay taxes,” he said,
Hajiji said that it was a non-irrelevant issue whether a constituency won by Barisan Nasional or the Opposition is developed or not.
“The government will protect the interests of the people and all segments of the society even if they did not support BN,” he told reporters after launching the Lido Avenue project at Jalan Lintas, Penampang here yesterday.
Hajiji said that in the years to come, at least 15,000 houses would be built in Kota Kinabalu area by developers from Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Shareda), Town and Housing Development Board (LPPB) and Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Berhad (SPNB).
He said the government was committed to bringing progress to the State including developing the housing sector.
Hajiji said that Shareda during a courtesy call on him has assured that it would work with the government to build more affordable homes in the coming years.
He also called on the private sector to assist in bringing the prices of houses to increase the number of house owners.
“We understand that property market is determined by market forces but we hope those in the private sector can discharge their corporate social responsibility in areas to help the low and middle-income groups,” he added.
On the Lido Avenue high-end property, he said it showed that Sabah has a vibrant economy where investors are confident in investing in the State.
“We have seen many properties launched and completed in the past years as investors are confident with the government and how the state is being managed,” he added.
Hajiji expressed confidence that more such projects would be launched in the next several years.
He disclosed that a total of 2,113 landed properties had been approved by the ministry since 2010 together with 2,126 strata units in Kota Kinabalu and Penampang alone.
Lido Avenue will have 15 shop and office lots supported by 228 residential units on 26 floors of two blocks.