SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali has lambasted Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen for playing up the race card in the controversial Datum Jelatek development project.
He said it was wrong for them to insinuate that Malays could not afford luxury homes and were only capable of acquiring low-cost houses amid protests that the project would only benefit the Chinese.
Datum Jelatek, a mixed commercial development, is being developed by Datumcorp Intenational (DCI).
Located near Keramat, the upscale condominium consists of 647 serviced units and will cost around RM700,000 each.
Azmin said despite the high price, there was an overwhelming response from bumiputra buyers as 1,023 have registered for 337 units, or 50% of the quota allocated to them.
“A total of 900 non-Malay buyers have registered for the remaining quota. Who says that local Malays could not afford these houses?” he told the Selangor state assembly, Tuesday.
He also blasted Datuk Shamsuddin Lias (BN-Sg Burong) for insisting that Malays could not afford luxury homes as in the case in Bukit Jelutong.
“I would like to invite Sg Burong to Bukit Jelutong, where each bungalow cost not less than RM3mil, and the terrace house cost less than RM1mil each, but 80% of Malays owned houses there. This is a fact. So, please stop insulting the Malays,” Azmin said.
Azmin, who is also the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, said that the state government had compensated the former residents of the Jalan Enggang low cost flats, which were demolished to make way for the Datum Jelatek project.
“If we were to pay them based on market value, they would only be paid RM130,000 to RM165,000 for the flat, which they bought for only RM19,000 in the 70s.
“But we gave them RM250,000 to RM350,000 as compensation, and were given priority to buy the Datum Jelatek condominium. Of course they were happy with this,” he said.
The controversy on the project broke out in January when some residents staged a protest at the site project, claiming that the project would transform the Malay-majority area into a “Chinese district”, as they believed only the Chinese could afford to purchase the luxury units.