Amendment to Johor housing Bill lauded

Amendment to Johor housing Bill lauded
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin announcing the amendment to the proposed Johor Housing and Real Property Board Enactment 2014 during the state assembly sitting.

PETALING JAYA - Senior politicians have lauded the Johor government's decision to amend the controversial sections in the proposed Johor Housing and Real Property Board Enactment 2014.

Former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam said he was happy that the Johor government had listened to the voices of those represented in various groups.

"There is admission (by the state government) for amendments and it is being done.

"I have had a superficial look at the amendments and the main worries from the public seems to be put right," Musa said when contacted.

Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, who also welcomed the amendment, stressed that the priority was for the formation of a housing board to handle the housing situation in the state.

"I believe the points made by various parties is taken into consideration and that the provisions will be made accordingly.

"This is good. However, I am concerned about the housing situation in Johor so this board is critical.

"The role of the state government will be bigger with this board and I will be happy to see it being passed," said Shahrir when contacted.

Bar Council chairman Christopher Leong said the "reminder" by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had shown to be timely.

"It would serve for uniformity and clarity if the term 'state authority' is used consistently throughout the Bill wherever it is intended that the advice of the state government is to be followed.

"This would be in accord with the Constitutional provisions," said Leong.

On Saturday, Najib said the Bill must be in line with the principles of the Federal Constitution, which upholds the constitutional monarchy system and parliamentary democracy system in the country.

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