Re­al­is­ing home own­er­ship dreams

S’wak to build 2,500 af­ford­able houses, foot one third of cost to en­sure rea­son­able price for low-in­come group

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Philip Kiew re­[email protected]­bor­neo­

MIRI: The Sarawak gov­ern­ment plans to build 2,500 af­ford­able homes cost­ing be­tween RM90,000 and RM150,000 in Kuch­ing, Sibu, Bin­tulu and Miri.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­har i Tun Openg said un­der the ini­tia­tive, the gov­ern­ment will sub­sidise a third of the ac­tual cost to make it more af­ford­able for the low- in­come group.

He added the project is to be han­dled by the Sarawak Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Min­istry and is sep­a­rate from the pro­gramme ini­ti­ated by the fed­eral Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­istry.

“Those earn­ing be­tween RM800 and RM2,500 a month will be el­i­gi­ble for this scheme. The price should be rea­son­able and af­ford­able for Sarawakians.

“The RM30 0,0 0 0 price for af­ford­able homes at the na­tional level is costly for us (Sarawakians), and that is why we have our own ini­tia­tive where a third of the price is ab­sorbed by the state gov­ern­ment,” he said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the launch­ing of a book de­tail­ing 65 ini­tia­tives car­ried out since he as­sumed of­fice.

A bang Jo­hari said the gov­ern­ment has ear­marked Ke­mu­n­yan in Sibu, Jepak in Bin­tulu and Lam­bir here, as well as two ar­eas in Kuch­ing, as

The RM300,000 price for af­ford­able homes at the na­tional level is costly for us (Sarawakians), and that is why we have our own ini­tia­tive where a third of the price is ab­sorbed by the state gov­ern­ment. Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg, Chief Min­is­ter

the lo­ca­tions for the af­ford­able hous­ing scheme.

“Mut i a ra Mor t gage and Finance would be given seed cap­i­tal to pro­vide hous­ing loans to ap­pli­cants. This is part of the state gov­ern­ment’s longterm strat­egy to make hous­ing af­ford­able to the tar­get group in the state,” he said.

On Jan 10, fed­eral min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Zu­raida Ka­marud­din said her min­istry aims to build 3,217 af­ford­able houses in Sarawak this year, with a fur­ther 8,336 in Sabah.

She said un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Re­view for 20192020 tabled by Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad on Oct 18 last year, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment promised to build 7,000 af­ford­able houses in the two states.

For the 11th Malaysia Plan, Sarawak’s ap­pli­ca­tions to­talled 20,742, she told The Bor­neo Post when con­tacted then, adding that her min­istry would co­or­di­nate all hous­ing projects un­der Syarikat Peruma­han Ne­gara Bhd (SPNB) and build 100,000 af­ford­able houses a year be­gin­ning this year.

Mean­while, prior to the press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Abang Jo­hari was briefed on the sta­tus of ap­proved projects in Sarawak in­volv­ing hous­ing, agri­cul­ture, in­fra­struc­ture and util­i­ties.

He said he was pleased that the projects were in dif­fer­ent stages of be­ing car­ried out, rang­ing from de­sign to ten­der to im­ple­men­ta­tion on the ground.

Among those present at the cer­e­mony were Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Douglas Ug­gah, Util­i­ties Min­is­ter Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian; Wel­fare, Com­mu­nity Well Be­ing, Women, Fam­ily and Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dato Sri Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah, as­sis­tant min­is­ters and as­sem­bly­men from Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak.

Abang Jo­hari inks his sig­na­ture to launch the book on his 65 ini­tia­tives, wit­nessed by Ug­gah (left) and (from right) Deputy State Sec­re­tary Datu Jaul Samion, Pi­asau as­sem­bly­man Datuk Se­bas­tian Ting, Deputy State Sec­re­tary Datu Mo­hamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil.

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