‘DREAM HOUSE’ FOR UN­DER RM100,000

THE Jo­hor sul­tan is spear­head­ing the con­struc­tion of more than 1,800 homes, in­clud­ing semi-de­tached houses and bun­ga­lows, cost­ing less than RM100,000 each. Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar will tomorrow launch Phase 1 of the project — a gift to the peo­ple o

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HIGH­LIGHTS OF IN­TER­VIEW

THE HOMES, 10 TO 20 MIN­UTES’ DRIVE FROM TOWN, WILL BE BUILT WITH­OUT FENCES TO PRO­MOTE UNITY

SUL­TAN IBRAHIM ALSO SAYS THERE SHOULD BE SOME LEE­WAY IN THE BUMI QUOTA RE­QUIRE­MENT FOR HOUS­ING PROJECTS

THE peo­ple of Jo­hor will re­ceive a “spe­cial gift” from the Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar in con­junc­tion with his 59th birth­day.

The ruler has ini­ti­ated a hous­ing scheme called the “Rumah Impian Sul­tan Ibrahim”, a first-of-its-kind hous­ing scheme that will be built un­der the aus­pices of the Sul­tan Ibrahim Foun­da­tion.

The ruler was in­stru­men­tal in the de­sign and get­ting these “dream homes” off the ground in an ef­fort to ad­dress the plight of peo­ple who were un­able to own houses.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Me­dia Prima at the Flint­stone Palace in Mers­ing re­cently, Sul­tan Ibrahim shared his vi­sion of de­vel­op­ing hous­ing schemes for a mul­tira­cial com­mu­nity and in­still­ing neigh­bourli­ness.

“I want all my sub­jects to be able to pur­chase the homes which I have en­vi­sioned un­der the Sul­tan Ibrahim Foun­da­tion.

“It will in­volve build­ing houses priced un­der RM100,000 as that’s the way I want it to be.”

There will be 1,840 homes, in­clud­ing landed bun­ga­lows and semi-de­tached units, that will be built in phases in three lo­ca­tions here.

The first phase of the project, com­pris­ing 600 units of bun­ga­lows and semi-de­tached units, will be­gin con­struc­tion in Ban­dar Dato’ Onn here by Au­gust.

In a state­ment is­sued by the Royal Press Of­fice Jo­hor Darul Ta’zim yes­ter­day, Sul­tan Ibrahim said he in­vited the peo­ple to view the new hous­ing project dur­ing its soft launch tomorrow.

“I don’t want to re­veal too much now, but the peo­ple are wel­come to the Gal­le­ria at Plaza Ko­taraya tomorrow for the soft launch of this ex­cit­ing project,” Sul­tan Ibrahim said.

He said the unique free­hold de­vel­op­ment un­der the aegis of the Sul­tan Ibrahim Foun­da­tion, and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bank Rakyat, would of­fer dif­fer­ent res­i­den­tial prop­erty con­cepts, shop­houses and other com­mer­cial units.

“I want Bangsa Jo­hor to be a home-own­ing so­ci­ety.

“I want this to be a first-of-it­skind hous­ing scheme that is truly af­ford­able, and of­fer­ing the cheap­est and best qual­ity houses to the peo­ple.

“Imag­ine own­ing a three-bed­room bun­ga­low or a semide­tached house priced at be­low RM100,000 per unit.

“It will be opened to all el­i­gi­ble Bangsa Jo­hor,” said the ruler.

“But, the vet­ting process will be strin­gent. “Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will only need to pay a de­posit of RM1 for a full loan with an easy re­pay­ment scheme.”

Sul­tan Ibrahim ex­pected this unique project to shake up the hous­ing in­dus­try and force pri­vate de­vel­op­ers to bring down house prices.

“We must make hous­ing more af­ford­able.

“The prices now are way be­yond the reach of the av­er­age wage earner.”

The ruler said each landed three-room prop­erty would have 1,100 sq ft of floor space and would be “three-quar­ter” fur­nished.

Sul­tan Ibrahim also said that he was will­ing to bear any losses that may be in­curred in the hous­ing scheme and he would also ex­pand the hous­ing scheme’s model na­tion­wide with the ap­proval of the gov­ern­ment if the pi­lot project was suc­cess­ful. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Rizal­man Ham­mim, Chuah Bee Kim and Halim Said

Imag­ine own­ing a three-bed­room bun­ga­low or a semi-de­tached house priced at be­low RM100,000 per unit.

SUL­TAN OF JO­HOR SUL­TAN IBRAHIM

SUL­TAN ISKAN­DAR

PIC BY ZAIN AHMED

Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar speak­ing about the unique hous­ing scheme en­vi­sioned un­der the Sul­tan Ibrahim Foun­da­tion to the Me­dia Prima Bhd group at the Flint­stone Palace in Mers­ing re­cently. From left are ‘Berita Har­ian’ Jo­hor bureau chief Ju­nita Mat Rasid, TV3 news and cur­rent af­fairs as­sis­tant editor Izwan Azir Saleh, ‘Berita Har­ian’ group editor Datuk Mah­far Ali and ‘New Straits Times’ Jo­hor bureau chief Ah­mad Fairuz Oth­man.

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