JPPP initiative gets thumbs up from Johor Rehda
Posted on March 13, 2017 | BY ZAZALI MUSA | Topic : News & Articles, Property News.
[StarProperty.MY] JOHOR BARU: Johor Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) welcomes the setting up of the Housing Advisory Panel committee (JPPP) by the state government.
Johor Rehda branch chairman Datuk Steve Chong Yoon On said the association was willing to assist the state authorities to further improve the delivery system.
He also lauded the decision to include former Housing and Local Government committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil and state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil to sit on the board.
“Their vast experience in state administration is good for the advisory panel and JPPP should also have a good mix of members,” said Chong.
On Thursday, acting Housing and Local Government chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday said the advisory panel would be formed to address housing and land-related matters in the state.
JPPP, he said, would see what had gone wrong, allowing certain parties to manipulate the system for their own interest.
KGV International Property Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd director Samuel Tan We Cheng said the committee should comprise civil servants, representatives from developers as well as related professionals.
“This is a transparent approach to reduce mishandling and enable efficiency.
“More importantly, the committee has feedback from all interested parties and it will ultimately benefit the rakyat,” he said.
Tan said issues like matching demand with supply, updating applicants list and approval of any application for release from restriction should be dealt with.
Johor Consumers Movement Association chairman Abdul Majid Kayat said the setting up of JPPP was long overdue but it was better than nothing at all.
“The authorities should rectify loopholes and weaknesses especially in the allocation of the Johor affordable houses,” he said.
Johor PKR deputy chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tsee who is also Bukit Batu assemblyman said it made sense to have JPPP due to rapid development in the state, especially in Iskandar Malaysia.
Opposition and Barisan Nasional lawmakers should sit on the advisory panel for check and balance, he said.