By Aida Ahmad
IT was all smiles for the 961 original residents of Bukit Botak in Selayang, who received offer letters to buy single-storey semi-detached houses being developed by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).
The project is scheduled to be completed by next month.
PKNS successfully solved the redevelopment and squatter relocation issue in Bukit Botak within two years after being asked to take over the project by the state government.
For housewife Rajiaah Omar, 73, the 30-year wait for a home is finally over.
“I have been a squatter here and I am grateful to the state government and PKNS for making my dream to own a home come true. I never expected that at my age, I would finally be able to afford a beautiful house like this,” she said at the official Bukit Botak single-storey semi-detached Homes Ownership Offer ceremony recently.
The ceremony was launched by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Present were state Housing, Building Structure Administration and Squatters Committee chairman Iskandar Abdul Samad, Gombak district officer Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and Selayang member of parliament William Leong.
Retired civil servant Khamisan Mastam, 70, also one of the original squatters for two decades, described PKNS as a “responsible developer” which has been successful in resolving the resettlement issue in Bukit Botak.
“I had been promised a comfortable home by other private developers but, unfortunately, all the waiting took a toll on me and my family.
“I am thankful to PKNS for undertaking this affordable development and building houses for the middle-income group,” said Khamisan.
As the appointed developer, PKNS will build 1,422 single-storey semi-detached houses under the project, which was resumed in September 2010 after the state agency took over from its previous private developer.
The houses, priced at RM99,000 for a standard unit, come with modern features and with a total built-up area of 850 sq ft consisting of three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The development will also include a dedicated site for a surau, day-care centre and a recreational park.
“PKNS has borne the full amount for the development, which cost RM80mil, as part of our corporate social responsibility efforts in line with the state’s aspiration to ensure that the development will be able to meet its target completion date,” said PKNS general manager Othman Omar.
He added that the success of the Bukit Botak development would set a new benchmark for other affordable housing projects in Selangor to be undertaken by PKNS in the future.
PKNS, which has set aside RM1.1bil to ensure that the affordable housing project will be completed on time, is currently developing affordable apartments, which include 124 new units in Bandar Baru Bangi.
“PKNS also plans to develop 12,000 affordable homes in Selangor within the next 10 years, especially in Gombak, Antara Gapi, Kota Puteri, Seksyen U12, Selangor Science Park II and Bandar Sultan Suleiman, Klang,” he added.