Taman Keramat Permai old buildings need redevelopment, says minister

A large crack is seen on a wall of Block F of the Taman Keramat Permai PKNS Flats in Kuala Lumpur April 29, 2019 (Pic MalayMail)

AMPANG JAYA: In light of the crack that occurred at Block F of the Taman Keramat Permai PKNS Flats and threatened the life of hundreds of residents there, the housing and local government minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin said there should be a new policy to monitor old buildings, especially those of low costs.

The Taman Keramat Permai flats and apartments are just few kilometers away from KLCC, the best touristic spot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Flats are located in a strategic place, but they are very old already, over 28 years old. This district would turn to a heaven place if these houses are demolished and new modern buildings are rebuilt.

However, the minister said in order to redevelop this area, she has to instruct her ministry to study whether the buildings are in need of redevelopment or not. She also conceded that she will have to speak with the Selangor government first and obtained a 90 per cent agreement from the residents staying there before any redevelopment can occur, according to MalayMail.

“The new policy is to monitor once every five years. Under National Housing, we also have a policy to study buildings that are 30 years and older to see if they need redevelopment, especially for low costs homes on hill slopes,” Zuraida told reporters during a visit to the affected site.

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who was at the same press conference also commented that If we could redevelop this place, the real estate value will increase.

“But we need the agreement of the owners before we can propose the redevelopment,” said Azmin.

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