PR1MA HELPS FAM­ILY BUY NEW HOUSE

Gov­ern­ment scheme al­lows fam­ily to get RM190,000 house

New Straits Times - - News - ILI SHAZWANI KANGAR shazwani.ih­san@nst.com.my

FOR the past nine years, Tau­fiq At­tan, 36, and his wife have been dream­ing of rais­ing their chil­dren in their own house in­stead of a rented one.

Thanks to Per­badanan PR1MA Malaysia, their dream will soon come true.

Once their home’s fi­nanc­ing is fi­nalised, the cou­ple and their four chil­dren, aged be­tween 2 and 7 years, will move into a sin­gle-storey house here with three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

“Words can­not ex­press how thrilled we were when we re­ceived news that our ap­pli­ca­tion for a PR1MA house was ap­proved few months ago,” said Tau­fiq.

“I am the sole bread­win­ner of my fam­ily and with six mouths to feed, not to men­tion the ris­ing cost of liv­ing, it is al­most im­pos­si­ble for me to af­ford a house.

“Most of the new three-bed­room houses in Kangar and Arau are priced at RM200,000 and above, some are even smaller in size than the PR1MA house I am about to pur­chase which is only RM190,000.”

Al­though his monthly com­mit­ments will stretch by RM600 as he has to pay RM1,000 ev­ery month in home fi­nanc­ing in­stall­ments, it is def­i­nitely worth their while as the house will be theirs.

The fam­ily pays RM400 in rental for their cur­rent house, but they can­not ren­o­vate their house as they wish.

Ac­cord­ing to Tau­fiq, they con­stantly felt in­se­cure, dread­ing that the land­lord might want them to va­cate the house on short no­tice.

Tau­fiq said PR1MA houses, as well as other gov­ern­ment hous­ing schemes, helped peo­ple like him, who earned just enough to get by and own a house.

He ex­pressed hope that his fi­nanc­ing would be fi­nalised soon and they could cel­e­brate Hari Raya Aidil­fitri in the new house.

PIC BY DZIYAUL AFNAN AB­DUL RAH­MAN

Tau­fiq At­tan and his fam­ily in their cur­rent house.

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