By September 4, 2013

50,000 PR1MA houses in five years

50,000 PR1MA houses in five years

The Federal Government will soon place its officers in the various agencies under the Housing Ministry to oversee the implementation of housing projects in the state.

Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was among the strategies to be carried out to overcome some of the issues affecting the housing sector in the state

“We discussed the strategies on how to develop the housing sector and its issues in the state.

“We have come up with new approaches where the state agencies will cooperate with the Federal Government which will place its officers with agencies here to implement projects agreed by both parties.

“We have a five-year plan where we need to build 50,000 units of affordable homes under the National Housing Department, PR1MA, Syari-kat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) and other agencies in the state,” he told reportershere yesterday.

Earlier, Johari had a meeting with Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahalan.

He expressed the hope that this collaboration could help meet the housing needs in the state, especially in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), in Miri, Bintulu, here and other districts where the private sector was also involved.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said his ministry was committed to helping the state government by building the affordable homes in the state.

He said the 50,000 units of affordable homes consisted of not only the low-cost units but also those to be built by PR1MA.

“We will consider a few proposals from the Housing Ministry based on merits and this can be expedited where the specifications required are met,” he said.

Abdul Rahman added that his ministry was also looking at ways to bring down the prices of houses which had been increasing due to speculation.

He commended the state government for its proactive effort in curbing the housing price increase by having vast landbanks.

“Not many state governments are doing this where the landbank can be used to build houses for the people,” he said.

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