‘We want better housing scheme’
> MTUC urges govt to reduce burden of home buyers in Budget 2017
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has urged the government to introduce a better housing scheme to reduce the burden of house buyers in Budget 2017.
Its secretary-general, N. Gopal Krishnam, said the public is still experiencing difficulties in owning a house.
“As such, MTUC hopes that the federal government will introduce home buyer-friendly incentives in Budget 2017.
“While we do not deny some incentives have been introduced in Budget 2016, we are of the view that those steps were not enough,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The increase in the cost of living, Gopal said also complicates the opportunity to purchase a house.
In addition, MTUC also hopes that the government will not allow developers to provide housing loans as was recently recommended by Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Tan Sri Noh Omar.
Gopal said the housing market is not just determined by demand but is also to some extent affected by the push of real estate agents.
“This is a real situation which has persisted for quite some time, where buyers at times fall victim to ruthless real estate agents,” he said.
“Housing, especially landed property in main towns, is only affordable to those with a five-figure monthly salary or more.
“Others can only look at and dream of owning one.”
Meanwhile, the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public Service (Cuepacs) president Datuk Azih Muda called on the government to consider increasing several allowances for civil servants which has not been reviewed for the past 12 years.
Stating that household savings of civil servants in the country is less than 0.7% of their salary, Azih urged the government to review an increase in allowances such as the civil service allowance, regional allowances, regional housing allowance, overnight allowance and overtime allowance.
Additionally, Azih also called on the government to review the loan qualification of civil servants to buy vehicles and to allow a longer lending period to help them save money.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to table Budget 2017 in Parliament on Oct 21.