SELAYANG, 22 Dec: After waiting almost three decades for Umno-BN’s promise to be fulfilled, today almost all original settlers of Bukit Botak received offer letters for their houses which have been completed by the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Government.
A total of 961 individuals out of 1,020 homeowners in Bukit Botak were given offer letters for single-storey terrace houses at a ceremony today which was officiated by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
They were among the 1985 original settlers who were promised land by the Umno-BN government in the Bukit Botak resettlement scheme.
“When they proposed completion in 2008, at first they did not believe it as they have been deceived (by the government) before.
“Where they were asked for their signatures to give away their rights to developers and eventually their land was fofeited,” he said in his speech at a ceremony this morning where he handed over the Bukit Botak housing grants.
“Now, the houses have been completed and formal letters have been given out, the people can see that we carry out what we have promised.
“We would like to thank the people for their confidence in the government,” said Abdul Khalid.
It was previously reported that in 1985, land in Bukit Botak was taken by the Umno-BN Government as was give to private developers to build private housing schemes.
In compensation, the settlers were promised homes.
However, until 2008, the developer had failed to carry out his promise which lead to PR having to take over the project.
All 1,422 housing units are expected to be completed with valid certificates of fitness for occupancy (CF) next year in March.
In a press conference, Abdul Khalid said that until now, 1,020 house owners have been confirmed to be eligible to own houses in Bukit Botak while 400 others are undergoing legibility process which is being managed by the Gombak Land Office.
The scheme was developed by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) and the company has spent a subsidy of almost RM79.6 million to complete it.
Each housing unit is priced at RM 99,000 for standard units and have been developed with a modern design. It has a floor area of 850 square feet and features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
PKNS also provided sites for a mosque, kindergarten and open spaces for recreation.