KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 9): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has pledged to build 5,000 council homes for the low-income household with plans to make Kuala Lumpur a city where no one is left behind. 

He made the announcement during Kuala Lumpur’s 50th anniversary celebration as a city on Saturday (Feb 5). 

“DBKL is currently in the process of turning Kuala Lumpur into a city with zero-poverty status. To enable city dwellers to have a more comfortable life, DBKL will build 5,000 council homes with a minimum area of 750 sq ft to be rented out,” he said, quoted by Malay Mail. 

The plan to build 5,000 council homes is part of the prime minister’s ‘Keluarga Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Well-Being Package’ (PKKMKL).

The PKKMKL initiative aims to improve the quality of life in Kuala Lumpur and also focuses on improving the delivery of online services. 

“DBKL will also repair lifts at housing estates including 306 at 31 public housing projects. This will be implemented within two years,” as he added that duration of approvals for permits will be shortened. 

For instance, approval for business premises licences will take within 24 hours while construction permits for small-scale development will only take three days. 

Additionally, the prime minister has also made his commitment on addressing climate change as he shared that the government and DBKL will work together to ensure the country will be carbon neutral by 2050.

“To achieve this goal, Kuala Lumpur needs to move forward in line with other major cities to achieve global goals in addressing climate change issues,” he said.

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