The largest Malysian state, Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is the Chief Minister of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, and the largest Malaysian state. According to malaysia-chronicle.com, his family won the contract in 1997 to supply 3,000 to 5,000 new modular homes annually in Kuching, to address the problem of the homeless poor, with the goal of providing a total of 13,500 homes within five years. After allegedly placing the 5,200 acres of this public land in the hands of his family company, CMS, 15 years later only about 2,500 of the modular homes have been built and many of them are reportedly of shoddy construction. Not only are many of the homes dilapidated, but “harsh” loans were made to buyers through a bank controlled by the Taib family, and many of the resources are allegedly now being used to build high end homes and for commercial development. MHProNews has also learned public transportation for the neighborhoods of low-cost housing is inadequate, and the walls of the homes contain asbestos.
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