Home­buy­ers to be as­sessed based on in­come, not race

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

THE Bu­mi­put­era quota for af­ford­able hous­ing projects will be re­viewed, said Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Zu­raida Ka­marud­din.

She said the re­view would in­clude price stan­dard­i­s­a­tion.

“The min­istry needs time to re­view and get feed­back from in­dus­try play­ers and home­buy­ers.

“They (buy­ers) will be as­sessed based on their in­come and not race.

“If we set the (in­come level for those el­i­gi­ble for) af­ford­able homes at RM3,000 and be­low, we will use the guide­line, re­gard­less of reli­gion and race.”

She said this af­ter launch­ing the Malaysia Prop­erty Expo, or­gan­ised by the Real Es­tate and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Re­hda) at the Mid Val­ley Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre here on Fri­day. Re­hda pres­i­dent Datuk Ir Soam Heng Choon had re­cently pro­posed the re­view of the Bu­mi­put­era hous­ing quota pol­icy to al­low for the au­to­matic re­lease of com­pleted but un­sold Bu­mi­put­era units.

When asked to com­ment on the Sales and Ser­vices Tax ex­emp­tion on con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, Zu­raida said be­sides lower house prices, de­vel­op­ers could of­fer more “value for money” to home­buy­ers.

Zu­raida Ka­marud­din

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