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BINTULU, Jan 10: A new affordable housing project is being developed at Lot 170, 287 and 290 of Buan Land District located 2.5 kilometre from Tatau town to cater for the increasing population as well as overcoming flooding problems that frequently plague these communities.
Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the project scheduled to be completed in two years’ time will especially benefit the B40 and M40 groups.
“Moreover, a special financing scheme has been established to assist these groups of house buyers where the Sarawak government will bear the cost of infrastructure including for installation of utilities of the project.
“This means the cost of infrastructure will not be included in the overall cost of construction and value of the house. So, people can own a house with a land size of around 10 to 12 points at an affordable price,” he said in a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).
Addressing a press conference after visiting the housing project site at Buan Land District here today, Abang Johari pointed out that the Sarawak government also provides financial assistance of RM10,000 as house down payment for eligible buyers.
“The Sarawak government will bear the cost of the house deposit and the buyer will only need to service their monthly loan payment which may also be obtained from the Mutiara and Credit Sdn Bhd for as low as RM300.
“This is a housing scheme that is not found anywhere else in Malaysia,” he added.
The new housing resettlement project is funded by the federal government with RM18.5 million for infrastructure while the Sarawak government has allocated RM15 million for the construction of the affordable houses.
The development involves an area of 23.5 hectares with 87 units of double-storey detached houses designed similar to the Sungai Bedaun project in Kuching.
Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Minister in the Premier’s Department Datuk John Sikie Tayai, State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Tanjung Batu assemblyman Johnny Phang, Bintulu Division Resident Nyurak Keti, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) general manager Datu Muhamad Yakup Kari and deputy chairman Dato Haidar Khan Ashgar Khan were among those present. — DayakDaily