State govt to study appeal to review minimum land size for strata titles in major cities

Abang Johari (fourth right) presenting the coveted Sheda Property Man of the Year 2019 award to Tan Sri Datuk Ling Chiong Ho (centre) of Shin Yang Construction Sdn Bhd

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Jan 13: The Sarawak government will look into Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda)’s appeal to review the minimum land size for strata titles in major cities.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Sarawak Planning Authority will have to look into the details and discuss further if it is feasible to reduce the minimum requirement from three acres to one acre.

Abang Johari was responding to Sheda president Dr Christopher Ngui who made the appeal in his speech at the Cherry Blossom gala dinner-cum-Sheda Excellence Awards 2019 event last night.

“Currently, there are many condominiums and apartments throughout the state. However, you need to realise and understand that you can’t just build them anywhere.

There are certain areas which you can’t build because there is no market for these types of houses and this is why we cannot approve such project. For these areas, it is best that you go for landed property,” Abang Johari explained.

He asserted that there are demands for condominiums or apartments in bigger cities such as Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.

Meanwhile, Ngui who raised the appeal said such a revision will enable developers to build more units on a piece of land thus reducing the prices of units and making them more affordable for the rakyat.

“Today, city dwellers have come to a level where high-rise living is picking up. People are starting to acknowledge the advantages of these residences in terms of security, convenience and the wide-range facilities offered,” Ngui said, adding that the growth rate of such developments is gaining a momentum. — DayakDaily