Govt to build 80,000 housing units under 12MP — minister

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 24): The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) plans to build about 80,000 housing units for the benefit of some 400,000 people under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), said Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (pictured).

Reezal Merican said 16,011 units will be built under the People’s Housing Project (PPR), 39,192 units under the Malaysian Civil Servants’ Housing Programme, 10,256 units under PR1MA housing and 15,000 units under the Rumah Mesra Rakyat scheme.

He said as the custodian of local housing matters, KPKT would always ensure that the housing agenda for the people is prioritised in every strategic direction planning of the country, including the annual Budget and five-year national development plans.

“The housing agenda is a core and primary issue involving the pulse of every Malaysian, every Malaysian family,” he said at the launch of the Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia scheme at KPKT here on Friday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob officiated at the launch, which was followed by the handing over of keys to the first group of 100 recipients of Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia in person and online.

Under the Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia initiative, existing PPR units are reserved for Malysians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic at a minimum monthly rent of RM124 for up to two years.

For a start, 1,000 PPR units under the supervision and management of KPKT in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan and Johor have been set aside for the Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia initiative.

Reezal Merican said the initiative would provide a kind of cushion to those affected by the impact of Covid-19, which hit the country’s shores early last year.

KPKT will propose to the state authorities to implement a similar initiative in their own states, he added.

"We have received so many applications and calls enquiring about this initiative,” he said, adding that the initiative would drive the ministry in its efforts to help the affected people.

He said that under the Budget 2021 housing allocation for the ministry, RM500 million is for building 14,000 PPR units, RM315 million for building 3,000 units of Rumah Mesra Rakyat and RM310 million for the Malaysian Civil Servants’ Housing Programme.

He said the government had also allocated RM125 million for the maintenance of low-cost and low-medium-cost strata housing units, and as aid for repairing dilapidated units or houses damaged in natural disasters.

In expressing his appreciation to Ismail Sabri, he said the ministry is making efforts to set a better benchmark for the aspirations of the Malaysian Family through the Liveable Malaysia agenda, especially in PPR areas.

“We (KPKT) want PPR schemes to not only provide quality accommodation but also give ease of mind to occupants, apart from being equipped with basic infrastructure and Internet access in a green and uplifting environment,” he added.

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