NOH’S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY STIRS CONCERNS ABOUT CORRUPTION: HOSUING MINISTER REFUSES TO GIVE DEADLINE TO REVEAL EOTS FOR PROPERTY DEVELOPERS

Housing, Local Government and Urban Well-being Minister Noh Omar has declined to reveal the deadline in providing the list of housing developers granted with extension of time (EOT).

Asked whether there was a deadline for this, he simply replied: “No.”

“Why do you need details to that extent?” he told Malaysiakini.

In Parliament last week, Noh promised DAP lawmaker Anthony Loke that he would give the list to the latter.

“There are many, I can’t read them (developers given EOT) one by one. If you want the list, I have it here,” the minister had said, holding a stack of papers.

When Loke asked for a written parliamentary reply on the matter, Noh said he would provide one.

However, Loke told Malaysiakini that he has yet to receive the list.

When reminded of his promise, Noh, who attended a programme in Petaling Jaya this morning, told reporters that he would give the list.

Pressed further, the minister reiterated there was no need to know when the deadline would be as he had already promised in Parliament.

“If I don’t give it, then wait for the next parliamentary session and you can ‘bantai’ (criticise) me. What’s the fuss,” he added.

Asked again on when the list would be provided, Noh repeated that there was no need for him to reveal the deadline.

“I don’t want to say. You just write that they can slam me if I don’t provide the list and they can then say I’m a liar. That’s it.


“No need to be so detailed. I already promised I would give it,” he told Malaysiakini.

In his parliamentary reply last week, Noh had said that a total of 304 EOTs had been granted by the minister and the controller of housing since 2014.

Following this, the National House Buyers Association said that prospective house buyers should hold off their purchases for now due to a lack of certainty on when their properties would be completed.

The association’s secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said this is until the minister assures that he and his subordinates would not grant any further EOTs to developers.

– M’kini