70-unit Mak Mandin PPR to be occupied soon

BUTTERWORTH (April 24): The 70-unit Mak Mandin People's Housing Project (PPR) here is expected to be occupied soon, bringing relief to those offered the flats under a rent-to-own (RTO) scheme.

Penang Housing, Local Government, and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo (pictured) said the 700 sq ft, three-room units were housed in a single block.

“We started issuing offer letters at the end of 2020, and today another 20 of the 70 (prospective occupants) received theirs.

“So far, a total of 34 units have been offered. The amount required to be paid consists of a monthly payment of RM310 for 19 years and five months and a RM1,120 deposit,” he told a press conference after a ceremony to hand over the offer letters here today.

The Mak Mandin PPR has facilities such as a public hall, surau, playground, and a ground-floor unit dedicated to persons with disabilities (PwDs).

"The 70 units at Mak Mandin PPR have raised the total number of PPR units in Penang to 999, but it is still very small and insignificant, being only 0.0087 per cent of the 114,652 PPR units in the country," he added.

He hoped that the federal government would extend more housing allocations to Penang, especially for maintenance.

A recipient of the housing unit, Che Hayati Md Zain, 57, said she was grateful for being given a chance to own a house as she has been renting one for the past 15 years.

“I’m really thankful; as a single mother it has been my dream to own a house,” said Che Hayati, who has a child and works as a cleaning lady in Kepala Batas.

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