Keeping housing hopes alive

Homes within budgets: (Right) Jagdeep (seated, white shirt) and officials are kept busy answering enquiries at the roadshow at the Tanjung Bungah market in Penang.

Penangites flocked to the ‘Mission House-Possible’ roadshow at the Tanjung Bungah market to find out more about the state’s affordable housing projects.

Hotel worker Mohd Nazri Zainon, 31, said buying a house from a private developer was out of the question due to financial constraints.

“My wife and I have been renting a unit for a few years now and we are now looking to buy a house of our own.

“It is a good time for us to buy as we will need a bigger place with our third child coming,” he said at the roadshow on Saturday.

Janitor M. Murugah, 54, said he came to the roadshow to enquire about an affordable housing unit for his 26-year-old daughter who had just started working in Bayan Lepas.

He added that it would be good for her to have her own place.

A woman, who wanted to be known only as Grace, said her family members and in-laws had been staying in a a single-storey semi- detached house for almost 20 years.

“The rental is low as the house belongs to a family friend.

“Owning my own place is out of my budget and having my family staying under one roof is better for me.

“However, I will still apply for an affordable housing unit as there is no harm in trying,” she said.

Penang Housing, Town and Coun-try Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo was present at the one-day roadshow.

He said that due to the good response, more roadshows would be organised to brief Penangites about housing projects.

Also present was Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu. - By The Star

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