Jo­hor folk swarm into mall to reg­is­ter for af­ford­able hous­ing

New Straits Times - - News -

They came from all over Jo­hor to vie for a chance to pur­chase a home to call their own.

It did not mat­ter if they had to wait among huge crowds of thou­sands of peo­ple. These were among the first peo­ple to sign up for the first phase of the “Rumah Impian Sul­tan Ibrahim” af­ford­able hous­ing scheme un­der the Sul­tan Ibrahim Foun­da­tion.

There were some peo­ple who had gath­ered at the launch venue, Gal­le­ria@Ko­taraya shop­ping mall, as early as 5am.

But by noon yes­ter­day, crowds swelled to near 10,000 and ev­ery part of the mall, which also housed the Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (UTC) was chock-ablock with peo­ple.

Many were spot­ted wait­ing pa­tiently for the reg­is­tra­tion coun­ters to open at 5pm.

A ded­i­cated on­line ap­pli­ca­tion por­tal was set up on www.yayasan sul­tani­ for reg­is­tra­tion.

Hanija Si­rad, 60, who came with her fam­ily said she wanted to be the first to ap­ply for the hous­ing scheme spear­headed by the Jo­hor sul­tan .

“I want to help my son, a welder, who is cur­rently rent­ing a house with his fam­ily. He has three chil­dren. It would be nice if they could live in their own home in­stead of rent­ing.

Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar with his con­sort Per­maisuri of Jo­hor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sul­tan Idris Shah (third from right), Jo­hor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin (left) and JCorp chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ka­maruz­za­man Abu Kas­sim (third from left) look­ing at the Rumah Impian Bangsa Jo­hor Yayasan Sul­tan Ibrahim project plan at Gal­le­ria@Ko­taraya, Jo­hor Baru.

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