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KUCHING: The federal, local government and housing minister was urged to hold a dialogue with early 1Malaysia Housing Programme (PR1MA) house buyers to address the lack of rebates and discounts for the group.

“I see little urgency by the minister of local government and housing to address the long-standing problems faced by the early PR1MA buyers who only wanted a fairer deal when they did not receive rebates similar to those for late buyers.

“I received the exact same answer from the minister as the last session in May, and based on the answer, they only organised one dialogue with these buyers in Kuala Lumpur on the Nov 19, 2019 on the issue,” Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said.

He said there was supposed to be another dialogue in Kuching on the Nov 23, 2019 but it was cancelled last minute without proper reasons and until now, no new dates were given.

Dr Yii questioned on why the ministry persisted to wait for the court, adding that the issue could be resolved quickly otherwise.

“In my view, it is not needed and they are not proactive to settle the issue. Why must they hide behind the courts when they can go and meet all these buyers and come up with a win-win situation to quickly resolve this issue?

“The minister must go to the ground and dialogue with these buyers. There are more issues faced by them including issues of workmanship, service charges, maintenance and late key handover,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Dr Yii said while the project is classified as affordable housing, to many that bought the houses, it meant spending their live-savings or taking up heavy loans just so that they have a roof over their heads.

“So that is why the Ministry must show greater urgency and must be hands on; dialogue with them and make sure that the homes given to them are of a certain quality and proper services are given to all the purchasers,” he said.

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