MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon has objected to a suggestion by his Umno Youth counterpart that there be a 30% allocation for bumiputras and youths in the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Scheme (PR1MA).
“By implementing a quota system, it contradicts the Government’s intentions of helping the lower income group to have affordable housing,” Chong said.
Such an action would cause dissatisfaction among the public, who would perceive the policy as unfair and discriminatory because it was based on a person’s racial background, he said in a statement.
Last week, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was reported as saying that PR1MA’s balloting system would not ensure that bumiputras and young buyers would be able to own a unit.
He said PR1MA should review the system so that there be “a special quota for bumiputras and youths”.
However, Chong said the balloting system showed that the Government was fair and impartial in the allocation of houses.
MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon speaking to reporters after visiting Inspector-General of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar at Bukit Aman to discuss ways to help in the current recruitment drive for Chinese constables.
“This will allow genuine, needy families to own their own homes,” he said.
Chong said the Government should implement a screening mechanism with a strict vetting process on the financial status of all PR1MA applicants to ensure a fair balloting process.
“Though we have been practising the 1Malaysia concept, we can’t achieve a breakthrough in racial harmony if we continue to implement quotas.
“This will prevent us from reaching across the racial lines which separate us, thus wasting the Government’s good intentions,” he said.
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