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28/01/2005 The Star
KUAlA LUMPUR: Applicants for low-cost houses nationwide will be given
marks in six categories
under a standard format to determine their eligibility soon.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who
described the categorisation
and weigh-tage (see table) as "scientific and objective," said it was done
by a consultant.
Elaborating on the categories, he said dependents would refer to children,
parents and siblings while
status referred to whether one was single or married, a single mother or
The category on other factors would, among others, refer to whether one is
employed or retired, a civil
servant or having disabled family members.
Ong said applicants would only need to submit their forms together with
their identity cards and a
declaration of oath or certification by a government head of department.
"All state governments have agreed to implement this standard format. They
also have the right to
verify the applications and decide on them.
"The Federal Government will not intervene," Ong told reporters after
chairing the National Housing
Council meeting here yesterday.
The meeting also discussed the rent-and-buy scheme for the low-cost
apartments under the government
rental scheme, which charged a monthly rental of RM124 per unit.
On the proposal to stretch the housing mortgage payments over two
generation to make it
easier for the poor and hardcore poor to buy low-cost houses apartments,
Ong said his ministry would
come up with a Cabinet paper on it soon