Johor folk swarm into mall to register for affordable housing
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 sultanibrahim.org.my 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.