‘PIL­LAR OF GOVT AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION’

Civil ser­vants de­serve to live com­fort­ably as they con­trib­ute to na­tional de­vel­op­ment, says PM

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AZURA ABAS PU­TRA­JAYA news@nst.com.my

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said the 1Malaysia Civil Ser­vants Hous­ing (PPA1M) pro­gramme is not only aimed at pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion but also cre­at­ing wealth.

He said the govern­ment un­der­took the de­vel­op­ment of PPA1M hous­ing for per­sonal and fam­ily well­be­ing, with the house own­er­ship of­fered to pub­lic ser­vants.

He said as the pil­lar of the govern­ment’s ad­min­is­tra­tive ma­chin­ery, pub­lic ser­vants were an im­por­tant target group, not only in up­hold­ing and im­ple­ment­ing govern­ment poli­cies, but also in con­tribut­ing to na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

“It is ap­pro­pri­ate for pub­lic ser­vants to get a com­fort­able home and en­joy an in­crease in their prop­erty or as­set value,” he said at the hand­ing of keys to Larai PPA1M units in Precinct 6 here yes­ter­day.

Na­jib said the coun­try’s hous­ing agenda was one of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s top pri­or­i­ties for the peo­ple, in­clud­ing civil ser­vants.

“Civil ser­vants have given so much to the coun­try.

“In this re­spect, it is only right for them to be given the chance to live com­fort­ably un­der PPA1M.”

PPA1M aims to in­crease the sup­ply of af­ford­able hous­ing, priced at be­tween RM150,000 and RM300,000, for civil ser­vants.

Civil ser­vants work­ing for the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and fed­eral statu­tory bod­ies are el­i­gi­ble to buy PPA1M homes.

The prime min­is­ter said about 126,000 units un­der PPA1M were ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020.

Na­jib said the govern­ment sub­sidised about RM25,000 to RM38,000 for ev­ery unit, depend­ing on its size.

“For in­stance, for a 1,500sq ft unit, the govern­ment gives RM38,000 in sub­sidy, al­low­ing buy­ers to buy it at only RM300,000.”

Present were Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor, Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar and Pu­tra­jaya Cor­po­ra­tion pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Hasim Is­mail.

Mean­while, re­tiree Is­mail Jalil said he looked for­ward to mov­ing into the apart­ment unit he bought.

He was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to own the 1,500sq ft unit that cost him RM276,000 un­der the PPA1M project. “I used to stay in govern­ment quar­ters when I worked with the Hu­man Re­source Min­istry’s Safety and Health Depart­ment.

“It feels good to have a place to call my own now,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the mock key to his unit and land grant.

Is­mail, 61, had served for 40 years in the civil sec­tor.

An­other proud owner was Hairul Musa, 34, who is at­tached to the Re­li­gious Af­fairs Depart­ment and par­tially blind.

He plans to move into his dis­abled-friendly unit with his fam­ily soon.

“I ex­pect to get the keys in about one week. I now rent a place in Ka­jang.”

The Larai PPA1M project has 536 1,000 sq ft units, 16 1,000sq ft units for the dis­abled, 748 units (1,200sq ft) and 380 units (1,500sq ft).

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak vis­it­ing one of the Larai PPA1M units. With him are Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (third from left), Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor (sec­ond from right) and Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar (right).

PIX BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak with own­ers of 1Malaysia Civil Ser­vants Hous­ing (PPA1M) units in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

Is­mail Jalil

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