PH govt to re­view hous­ing project to see if land suit­able for pur­pose

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MIRI : The Pakatan Hara­pan (PH)-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment will re­view the Permy 3 Kuala Baram af­ford­able hous­ing project to see if the land given by the Sarawak state gov­ern­ment is suit­able for the project.

Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Zu­raida Ka­marud­din said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment wants to en­sure that the lo­ca­tion for the project as well as the soil in the area are suit­able for hous­ing.

“We will need to study back the project and if (the land) not suit­able, we will ask the state gov­ern­ment to give a more suit­able lo­ca­tion, where there are bacic ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties,” she told re­porters dur­ing a work­ing visit to Kam­pung Pasir here yes­ter­day.

Zu­raida said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment does not want the Sarawak gov­ern­ment to give a lo­ca­tion that is too far as this will also cause prob­lems in terms of trans­porta­tion and ba­sic ameni­ties.

She said if the lo­ca­tion given by the state gov­ern­ment is suit­able, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment can re­duce the cost of im­ple­men­ta­tion and fo­cus on build­ing bet­ter qual­ity houses.

“The state gov­ern­ment can­not ex­pect the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to spend too much on fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties as this will in­crease the cost of con­struc­tion,” she pointed out.

In view of that, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment wants to en­sure that the lo­ca­tion and land given by the Sarawak gov­ern­ment is strate­gic and within ar­eas that al­ready have ba­sic ameni­ties.

“The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is ready to help in pol­icy as well as work to­gether with the state gov­ern­ment that re­ally wants to pro­vide the best for its peo­ple,” she said.

Elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther, she said com­pli­ance agen­cies such as those that pro­vide wa­ter sup­ply, elec­tric­ity and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices will also have to con­struct their own fa­cil­i­ties in the lo­ca­tion.

“This will def­i­nitely in­crease the price of the house, there­fore the value of the house it­self has to be re­duced as to not bur­den the tar­geted B40 group,” Zu­raida added.

The Permy 3 Kuala Baram af­ford­able hous­ing project was ap­proved by the State Plan­ning Unit (SPA) in 2016.

It is a mixed de­vel­op­ment project com­pris­ing 105 units of shop­houses, 278 units of af­ford­able houses, 549 units of medium cost houses, com­mer­cial cen­tre and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

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