By SIRA HABIBU
ALOR STAR: The Kedah government and the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) want to settle the bumiputra housing quota issue amicably and urged all quarters not to politicise it.
Kedah/Perlis chairman Ricque Liew said the matter should not be politicised as developers were only concerned about the fate of the industry.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said the quota for bumiputra remains at 30% for housing schemes on original freehold plots, while the new 50% bumiputra housing policy in Kedah is only applicable to Malay Reserve Land converted to freehold status under and land swap scheme.
“This is not a political matter. This is about social obligation to the masses. Non-stakeholders should stop harping on the issue,” he said, adding the policy was imposed for the benefit of Kedahans of all races yearning for affordable homes.
Azizan said this yesterday in response to outburst from political parties including the DAP, PKR, Gerakan and MCA over the new policy to increase the bumiputra quota from 30% to 50% effective Sept 1.
“We are doing this for the rakyat. And the rakyat are not objecting to this. So why are certain individuals and politicians who have no business in poking their noses in state affairs keep harping on the issue?”
“Rehda had, on Oct 29, sent a letter to the state government apologising if the hype in the media over the issue had offended it,” Liew said.