‘We want bet­ter hous­ing scheme’

> MTUC urges govt to re­duce bur­den of home buy­ers in Bud­get 2017

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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