Sultan wants PKNS to build more affordable homes

By FARA AISYAH

Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has urged the Selangor State Development Corp (PKNS) to return to its fundamental objective of providing affordable homes for the people.

“I hope PKNS will continue to build affordable homes for the low-and middle-income Malays who live in Selangor. The homes must have good quality, with at least three-bedrooms and perfectly maintained projects,” the ruler of Selangor said before officiating the new PKNS corporate headquarters (HQ) yesterday.

PKNS was established on Aug 1, 1964, as a statutory body and development agency for the state.

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Mohamed Azmin’s wife Datin Seri Shamsidar Taharin (back row, left), Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Norashikin Abdul Rahman (front row, second from left) and Sultan Sharafuddin (back row, second from right) visiting children at Taska Mutiara PKNS after the launch of the new PKNS corporate HQ yesterday (Pic by Muhd Amin Naharul/TMR)

Sultan Sharafuddin also said he wants the company’s board of directors to be appointed from professionals instead of only politicians.

He congratulated PKNS CEO Noraida Mohd Yusof for being the first woman appointed as the leader of the property group.

“This is historic for PKNS to appoint a woman in this top post for the first time,” the Sultan said. PKNS had developed 11 new townships and 160,258 housing units particularly for the low-and middle-income families since its inception under the supervision of former Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Harun Idris.

Meanwhile, Selangor MB Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state government remains supportive of PKNS’ commitment in providing affordable homes.

“The state government wants to see PKNS’ ability to compete with the private developers in terms of product quality, design and concepts, as well as affordable pricing particularly for the Malays,” Mohamed Azmin said.

With an asset of RM5.93 billion and total group asset of RM7.72 billion, Mohamed Azmin urged PKNS to be a competitive regional player with a high competence level in producing innovative products.

According to Mohamed Azmin, the new iconic landmark was built as a symbol of progressiveness and dynamism with the use of more efficient energy compared to a conventional office.

The “smart office” development has also received various recognition — namely Platinum Design Assessment of Green Building Index (GBI) from the GBI Accreditation Panel, Asia Pacific Property Awards Development by International Property Media of UK for the Best Office Development Malaysia, Best GBI Rated Corporate Office from the Prestigious Developer Awards, as well as Golden Award for the Commercial Low Rise category from the Malaysian Institute of Architects.

Mohamed Azmin said this development is also in line with the “Smart Selangor” scheme that aims to develop effective technology infrastructure in the state.