The dream of a Research Assistant at the University of Malaya, Dr Basri Husin, 39, to own a house in a safe and clean environment has become a reality when he was handed the keys to his new fully-furnished home at Tropicana Metropark, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Dr Basri, who is also a person with disabilities (OKU), has become the owner of a freehold home worth more than RM600,000 situated within 9.2 acres of greenery environment when his story of wanting to live in a house of his own obtained the highest votes from 130,000 Malaysians through the Home Giveaway Initiative organised by PropertyGuru.
The story of how Dr Basri become paralysed from the waist down due to living in an unsanitary neighbourhood was sent to the PropertyGuru Home Giveaway campaign by his wife. After the incident, the couple is determined to protect their family from having to go through the same tragedy.
Dr Basri’s physical limitations have affected his chance of providing an ideal, comfortable, and safe home for his family as he was struggling to earn a stable income, which had prevented him from acquiring a home loan.
Nonetheless, all those hardships had not broken Dr Basri’s spirit. Despite being in a wheelchair and facing physical constraints, he still persevered through various obstacles to achieve his dream of owning his own home.
Dr Basri said it was still hard for him to believe that the campaign organised by PropertyGuru was not a dream.
“When we first saw this Tropicana unit, I started tearing up at how excited my children were to see the various facilities provided, from the playground to the swimming pool.
"At that time, it was unbelievable to think that I had owned a house. A house where I can watch my children grow without worrying about the environment they are living in,” he said.
Dr Basri said, until now, he and his family could only dream of owning a house.
"We do not have a ‘secure’ income. Wishing to own a house is difficult as it is, let alone to have a brand-new home in a safe and clean environment.
"Nevertheless, it has now become a reality. Thank you PropertyGuru and all those who have supported my story,” he said.
Meanwhile, PropertyGuru Malaysia Country Manager, Sheldon Fernandez said the PropertyGuru Home Giveaway initiative was a way for the Southeast Asian property technology (proptech) company to give back to Malaysians as the country and its people are struggling with the economic downturn due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to him, the new house key gives a special meaning to the people in the country because it symbolises the level of financial independence and stability of a person, enabling one to improve and provide better lifestyles and a stable environment, not only for oneself but also the family.
“According to the Consumer Sentiment Study for the first half of 2021 released by PropertyGuru, Malaysians stated that the inability to afford the down payments and unstable salaries or jobs was the main barrier for them to get a home loan.
"Therefore, even though the Home Giveaway campaign is over, PropertyGuru aims to continue supporting Malaysians on the homeownership journey and helping them to make confident property decisions by serving them with the right properties, insights, and solutions," he said.
For more information and guidance in finding the right home and making informed decisions, PropertyGuru is always ready to help at https://www.propertyguru.com.my/property-resources