Who says Malays can’t buy, Azmin asks

Azmin-datum- jelatek

Selangor MB totally disagrees that Malays are unable to afford upscale housing.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Referring to the Datum Jelatek condominium controversy, Menteri Besar Azmin Ali hit out at the sentiment that Malays were unable to afford good class properties in the Klang Valley.

“Who said Malays can’t buy? Don’t play with these sentiments,” Azmin cautioned at an event at the state secretariat here yesterday where accreditation letters were presented to village headmen, according to The Star Online.

This statement came in the heels of a violent protest by local residents in Taman Keramat, where a group marched to the construction site of Datum Jelatek, an upscale condominium project and tore down the cladding on January 25.

They were protesting against the development on the grounds that Malays were unable to afford the planned luxury studio apartments, worth RM700,000 each.

According to Azmin, Selangor wanted to build a Malay community that was able to own good class properties in the Klang Valley.

He said 680 units in the planned condominium had already been allocated for Bumiputeras.

He went on to add that prospective buyers were former residents of the Jalan Enggang low cost flats which were demolished to make way for the project.

“They are the residents of Jalan Enggang, maybe not the first generation, but the second,” Azmin said.

“Their parents may not have been able to afford (the condominiums), but the children can as they are engineers and doctors.”