plan for low-income earners welcomed
THE GOVERNMENT has tabled a "people's budget" in providing
affordable housing for the low-income group, said the National House
Its secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said assurance should be given
to buyers regarding the quality of the houses that are yet to be
"There should be an assurance that these houses are both affordable
and good quality.
"A 'build-and-sell' concept would help ensure that the quality of
the houses would be left to the, buyers to quantify," he said.
Under Budget 2005, another 100,000 affordable homes using the
industrialized building system (IBS) are being planned so that every
Malaysian have access to affordable shelter.
The system would ensure quality construction, savings on costs,
creation of a safer and cleaner environment and reduction in
dependence on foreign workers.
The usage of IBS components in Government building projects will be
increased from 30%to 50% from next year.
Housing developers who utilised IBS components exceeding 50% will be
given full exemption on levy imposed by CIDB.
A total of RM778mil would be set aside to build 21,000 low-cost
houses under Project Perumahan Rakyat for squatters in Kuala Lumpur
and major towns, and RM177mil more from the state governments to
construct 3,000 houses under Projek Perumahan Kos Rendah.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) Fomca adviser
Oatuk Prof Hamdan Adnan said the provision of affordable houses was
long overdue in the goal of achieving "zero-squatter" status.
He said the Government should ensure prices would not exceed
RM35,000 for a 3-room house, taking into consideration the location
of the houses.