MB: IT WILL BOOST HOME OWN­ER­SHIP

Prop­erty expo will draw Keda­hans and non-Keda­hans, says Bashah

New Straits Times - - News - ADIE SURI AND EM­BUN MA­JID ALOR STAR news@nst.com.my

THE Kedah gov­ern­ment has lauded the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) (M) Bhd’s ini­tia­tive in con­nect­ing po­ten­tial home buy­ers with prop­erty de­vel­op­ers through its MyRumah Prop­erty Show­case 2017.

Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah, in com­mend­ing the ef­fort, said the three-day show­case was a great boost to the state gov­ern­ment’s as­pi­ra­tion of pro­mot­ing home own­er­ship among fam­i­lies in Kedah.

Bashah said prop­erty de­vel­op­ers played a cru­cial role in com­ple­ment­ing de­vel­op­ment plans rolled out by the state gov­ern­ment by pro­vid­ing qual­ity and af­ford­able homes for the peo­ple.

“Anal­y­sis shows that the prop­erty de­vel­op­ment in Kedah is boom­ing by five per cent.

“Thus, NSTP’s MyRumah Prop­erty Show­case 2017 will fur­ther high­light the prop­erty de­vel­op­ment here, not only to Keda­hans but also those who wish to own a house or in­vest in prop­erty in the state,” he said at the launch of the three-day prop­erty show­case at Aman Cen­tral, here, yes­ter­day.

Present were state Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Badrul Hisham Hashim, NSTP chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Hamid, NSTP re­gional and cre­ative ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Zulka­r­nain Abd Talib and Aman Cen­tral mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Wendy Wong.

Bashah said be­sides state gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies, pri­vate de­vel­op­ers were also in­stru­men­tal in meet­ing the grow­ing de­mand for af­ford­able homes in Kedah.

He said the de­mand for hous­ing in the state was ex­pected to rise once new cat­a­lyst projects, such as the Kedah Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Park and Kedah Rub­ber City, took off.

“We are wait­ing for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval of Kedah’s pro­posed se­cond du­tyfree area in Bukit Kayu Hi­tam, apart from Langkawi.

“The new duty-free area cov­er­ing 5,260ha in Bukit Kayu Hi­tam will also see a jump in de­mand for prop­er­ties in the state,” he said.

He added that be­sides young fam­i­lies, Kedah was also at­tract­ing home buy­ers among re­tirees as hous­ing prices and the cost of liv­ing in the state were rel­a­tively cheaper than other states.

Mean­while, Badrul Hisham said the state gov­ern­ment had al­most achieved its tar­get of build­ing 40,000 units of af­ford­able homes in Kedah by this year.

He said some 38,000 homes had been com­pleted and were un­der con­struc­tion at var­i­ous places, with 20,000 units de­vel­oped un­der the 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Hous­ing (PR1MA) ini­tia­tive.

In ap­plaud­ing NSTP’s ef­fort, he urged Keda­hans, par­tic­u­larly those who had yet to own a home, to visit the NSTP MyRumah Prop­erty Show­case 2017 event.

“Some of the prospec­tive buy­ers are not well versed with fi­nanc­ing re­quire­ments, so this is the best plat­form for them to seek ad­vice from ex­perts on the prop­erty that suits their bud­get and pref­er­ence,” he said.

PIC BY AM­RAN HAMID

Kedah Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah (se­cond from right) vis­it­ing the prop­erty show­case at Aman Cen­tral in Alor Star yes­ter­day. With him are NSTP chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Hamid (third from left) and state Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Badrul Hisham Hashim (right).

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