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Sabah govt prepared to assist local housing developers: CM

 

KOTA KINABALU (June 14): The Sabah state government is prepared to assist local housing developers in the aspect of project sites and construction component costs with affordability in mind, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said the state government was also studying the reasons for the escalation in house prices in Sabah and ways to address them.

“I am aware of the people’s housing concerns particularly youths in major towns such as Kota Kinabalu who cannot afford to own their own home because of the high cost of living.

"We will play a role and see how we can lighten their burden by ensuring that the houses would not be too costly for them to buy,” he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Housing and Local Government secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mintek here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mohammad said the ministry would study whether there was a need to build transit homes in the city particularly for working youths earning below RM3,000 monthly.

“The ministry has various housing initiatives for the people such as the Youth Transit Home in Bukit Jalil. We will see whether Sabah needs something like that,” he said, adding, the youth could rent the transit home for merely RM250 monthly for a period of five years.

In another development, Mohammad said the ministry had approved RM112 million for local authorities in Sabah to implement about 1,200 minor projects.

He said the sum exceeded the ceiling allocation of RM45 million.

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