‘Access to end-financing critical to success of public housing schemes’
PETALING JAYA: Affordable housing programme champion PR1MA has come out to reiterate that easier end-financing access for home buyers remains a critical component to ensure the success of Malaysia’s public housing programmes.
CEO Datuk Abdul Mutalib Alias told SunBiz via a statement that while PR1MA abides by Bank Negara Malaysia’s decision to retain the 35 years maximum housing loan repayment period, he pointed out that endfinancing is a pertinent issue that cannot be ignored in an effort to resolve home ownership woes among the middleincome group with a monthly household income of between RM2,500 and RM10,000 (the M40 group).
As an agency mandated specifically to look into the housing needs of the middle income group, he said, PR1MA understands the challenges faced by this particular group, also known as the “sandwiched group”.
“From the analysis of our registrants’ database and various surveys, we are very much aware of the financial hardship faced by this group. They too are affected by the escalating cost of living and are not spared.
“When one talks about public housing, one must be mindful that we are targeting those who may or may not have adequate financial ‘muscle’ to purchase a house. End-financing is a critical component in a homebuying process and better access to it helps increase the chances of getting affordable housing for the middleincome group,” he added.
“PR1MA is stepping up its sales and marketing efforts and we hope there will be easier access to end-financing to ensure that eligible home buyers do not miss out on the opportunity to own a home,” Abdul Mutalib said.
It is a pertinent issue that cannot be ignored, says Abdul Mutalib