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MCA Petaling Jaya Utara Division chairman Tan Gim Tuan says the move by the Land Office to charge between RM300,000 and RM500,000 to renew leasehold properties could leave the elderly homeless. — Illustration pic
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 23:
MCA has criticised the Pakatan-led Selangor government for turning its back on Petaling Jaya’s senior citizens by breaking its promise to protect their welfare.
This follows a report in an English daily today about the state government’s Private Residential Ownership Scheme, which was launched in 2011, which allows owners of 99-year leasehold residential properties to renew their leases for a mere RM1,000.
The Star, however, reported that several home owners in Petaling Jaya Old Town had their applications rejected, claiming that the Land Office informed them that they were not eligible for the scheme as their property had been labelled as “commercial”, despite being gazetted as “residential”.
“Where is the caring society, welfare state or assistance to obtain home ownership which Pakatan Selangor had pledged in its 2008 and 2013 general election manifestos?” MCA Petaling Jaya Utara Division chairman Tan Gim Tuan asked in a statement today.
He said the move by the Land Office to charge between RM300,000 and RM500,000 to renew the leases could leave the elderly homeless.
Tan said if the homes had been converted into a café or eatery, then the Land Office may have a case, but argued that leeway should be given if there was “a simple table” outside the premises.
He also said the soaring prices of properties in Klang Valley, whereby houses cost RM600,000, made it impossible for the elderly to own a house.
“As these elderly do not have a regular source of income, the possibility of them obtaining a bank loan to finance the required six-digit lease renewal is close to non-existent”.