A total of 3,549 units of affordable houses planned for medium-term

By Adrian Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10: Ministry of Housing and Local Government is planning to build a total of 3,549 units of affordable houses over the medium-term in Sarawak.

Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib said the ministry was committed to building the affordable houses and will be implemented according to allocation from the federal agency.

“Under the planning for the construction of affordable houses in Sarawak from 2021 to 2023, there are five types of houses which are being handled by the ministry.

“They include the proposed 750 units in low-cost houses, 538 units under the civil servant housing scheme (PPAM), 702 units under the Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia housing project and 1,559 units under Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) in Sibu.

“Until July 30, a total of 4,140 units of low cost houses from eight projects in Sarawak has been completed.

“And there are three projects of low-cost houses (PPR) under construction.

“They are 208 units of PPR Petrajaya, 443 units of PPR Landeh and 461 units of PPR Seduan,” he said when replying to Senator Robert Lau at Dewan Negara today.

Ismail added that there were seven projects of PPAM in Sarawak with a total of 1,793 units.

He disclosed that they are located at Muara Tuang (340 units), Jalan Pujut in Miri (340 units), Kota Samarahan (300 units), Sibu (219 units), Eastwood Valley, Miri (204 units), Matang (198 units) and Tabuan Jaya (192 units).

Ismail said there was one PR1MA project in the planning stage proposed for 2021 which involves 702 units for the second phase at Semenggoh.

He added that PR1MA is still in the planning stages for constructing affordable houses for 2022 and the following year.

Ismail noted that for the PR1MA project, there were 912 units being constructed at Matang at Petra Jaya, 1,320 units at Bintawa Waterfront in Kuching and 558 units under phase one of the Semenggoh residency in Mambong.

In replying to a supplementary question from Lau, Ismail said the ministry is looking into reviving a PR1MA project which involved the construction of 1,559 units of affordable houses in Sibu that was delayed by the former Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.

As for the people’s friendly houses in Sarawak to be built by SPNB, Ismail said SPNB has planned to construct 467 units of houses in 2021, 463 units in 2022 and 629 units in 2023. —DayakDaily