10,000 PR1MA Homes in Permatang Pauh
Permatang Pauh will get 10,000 units of housing under the Perumahan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (PR1MA) programme should Barisan Nasional take over Penang and retain Putrajaya.
Barisan candidate for Seberang Jaya state seat Datuk Mohammad Nasir Abdullah said the issue of affordable housing was very serious in Permatang Pauh and in Seberang Prai.
“This is what I pledge to do should we win in Seberang Jaya, Penang and Putrajaya,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
According to the latest survey by Henry Butcher Seberang Prai, a condominium in Seberang Jaya is now priced from RM300,000 onwards, about 10% more than a year ago.
A double-storey terrace house in Seberang Jaya is now sold between RM350,000 and RM400,000, also about 10% more than a year ago.
The property prices in Seberang Prai are expected to rise by another 10% this year.
“The Pakatan Rakyat is concerned with drawing investments from foreigners for high-end homes in the island. It does not even have a blueprint to develop affordable housing for Penang,” he said.
Besides high property prices, Mohammad Nasir said he also received regular complaints regarding uncollected garbage at high-rise buildings.
“There are many high-rise residential buildings in Permatang Pauh which face rubbish collection problems due to poor enforcement by the Seberang Prai Municipal Council.
“Should I win, we will tighten enforcement on rubbish collectors who have been given the contract in Permatang Pauh and in the state,” he said.
Mohammad Nasir said he was confident of getting more than 50% of support from the 7,500 registered new voters in the constituency. He added that Seberang Jaya was a traditional Barisan stronghold and was confident that Barisan would win the seat this time.
Last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak said the Government would launch 80,000 units of property under PR1MA for those earning between RM2,500 and RM7,500 a month.
The Government had identified Penang, Seremban, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Sabah, and Sarawak as the states to launch the PR1MA housing projects.
PR1MA for Artists
A special financing scheme will be provided for artists and arts activists to buy houses under the 1Malaysia People Housing programme (PR1MA), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said he was aware that artists and arts activists do not have pay slips, and banks were reluctant to provide them with housing loans as a result.
Speaking when hosting a tea reception for artists and arts activists at Seri Perdana here Wednesday, Najib said except for a few who were really popular, 90% would find it difficult to obtain loans to purchase houses.
“I have informed PR1MA Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Mutalib Alias and asked him to come out with a non-conventional end financing scheme.
“This is for those who are without a steady income so they can own houses,” he said to applause from some 700 artists and cultural activists.
Najib also announced the extension of the 1Malaysia Privilege Card which offers discount of up to 25% at more than 100 outlets to the group.
“The discount card will be given to all registered members of arts-related associations in the country,” he said.
Currently the cards are only for members of the armed forces, police and government pensioners.
PR1MA homes above LRT projects
1Malaysia People Housing programme (PR1MA) is in discussion with Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) on building affordable homes above light rail transit (LRT) projects in certain areas in the Klang Valley.
PR1MA chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Mutalib Alias said Prasarana had agreed to build the units above the LRT in Glenmarie, Putra Heights and Jelatek, as well as their surrounding areas.
“We started discussions with them late last year. It is good that they recognise the need for affordable housing on train lines so that we can help people to address problems related to the cost of living,” he told a media briefing on PR1MA Kuantan yesterday.
PR1MA House in Melaka ?
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Saturday witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the construction of houses under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) in Melaka.
The MoU involves collaboration between the Melaka Foundation and PR1MA Berhad to develop the project and build the houses for middle-income people.
At the signing, the foundation was represented by its chairman and Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and PR1MA Berhad was represented by its chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis.
Jamaludin told reporters later that the houses would be built on 299.5 hectares in the Bukit Katil parliamentary constituency, with about 258 hectares in the Ayer Keroh state constituency and about 40 hectares in the Bachang state constituency.
“The Melaka Foundation is in the process of acquiring the land,” he said. He said the houses would be sold at 20 percent lower than the market price.
Jamaludin said the number of units to be built would be announced by the Prime Minister when he opens the Menara Persekutuan at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) here at 3pm. Najib, who is on a day-long visit to Malacca is also scheduled to meet Malacca Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders at the state Barisan headquarters and attend a lunch with the people and traders at the Jalan Tun Ali food court. – Bernama