Or­gan­is­ers didn’t give out forms due to se­cu­rity rea­sons

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CHUAH BEE KIM JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

FOR the sec­ond day in a row, there was an over­whelm­ing re­sponse for Rumah Impian Bangsa Jo­hor reg­is­tra­tions through its web­site: www.yayasan­sul­tani­brahim.org.my. The to­tal num­ber of peo­ple who reg­is­tered for the hous­ing scheme, spear­headed by Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar, reached 265,000 as of noon yes­ter­day.

Jo­hor Cor­po­ra­tion (JCorp) pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Ka­maruz­za­man Abu Kas­sim said the re­sponse came af­ter a lot of peo­ple gath­ered at the launch of the project in Gal­le­ria@Ko­taraya here on Wednesday.

On what had hap­pened dur­ing the launch, he said the or­gan­is­ers did not to give out the forms due to se­cu­rity rea­sons, as the crowd was huge and it would have led to chaos if the forms were in­suf­fi­cient.

He said the or­gan­is­ers had ini­tially wanted to open on­line reg­is­tra­tions a day af­ter the launch.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing ad­vice from se­cu­rity teams fol­low­ing the large crowd that had gath­ered, and to avoid any un­to­ward in­ci­dents, we de­cided to open on­line reg­is­tra­tions ear­lier than planned.

“We are aware that peo­ple were dis­ap­pointed af­ter gath­er­ing since early morn­ing.”

The Rumah Impian Bangsa Jo­hor project will be de­vel­oped un­der the Sul­tan Ibrahim Foun­da­tion.

It com­prises more than 1,800 units of prime free­hold houses with be­low-mar­ket prices, which will be built in Ban­dar Dato Onn, Ban­dar Baru Ma­jidee and Bukit Sau­jana, here.

Ka­maruz­za­man said the ruler would screen the ap­pli­cants to en­sure ev­ery cri­te­ria was met.

“This will en­sure that only those de­serv­ing will get a chance to own a unit, which is the ob­jec­tive of the project.”

State Real Es­tate and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Re­hda) chair­man Datuk Steve Chong said ev­ery­one should sup­port the ruler’s ges­ture in giv­ing the peo­ple a chance to be­come home own­ers.

“We have a kind-hearted sul­tan. His kind ges­ture must be sup­ported.

“This gift can­not be seen from a com­mer­cial point of view. It is price­less.”

Mean­while, housewife Shan­ifa Nasir, 29, from Kota Tinggi lauded the move.

She said her hus­band, a masseur, had been ap­ply­ing to buy a house since they got mar­ried seven years ago.

“We have yet to re­ceive any re­sponse for our ap­pli­ca­tion. My hus­band has sub­mit­ted his ap­pli­ca­tion on­line as he is a Jo­horean.

“If we can get a unit, we won’t have to rent any­more. Our rent is RM800 a month, we can set aside that money for re­tire­ment.”


More than 1,800 units of prime free­hold houses with be­low-mar­ket prices will be avail­able.

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