By Farah Wahida:

The thirteen states of Malaysia should set aside land for the construction of houses for civil servants, urged the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS).

This follows the announcement of Datuk Seri Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government, stating that the federal government will allocate a land parcel in Putrajaya for the development of houses which will be sold to civil servants at a discounted price, reported Bernama.

“The construction of houses on government-owned land can be implemented at a much lower cost and we hope the state governments will emulate the initiative taken by the federal government,” said CUEPACS Secretary-General Lok Yim Pheng.

Moreover, she also called on the authorities to take into account the current prices and rent when reviewing the housing allowance for government employees, particularly in Sarawak where values have increased by more than two-fold.

“The increase in the price of houses and housing rent has become quite a heavy burden for the civil servants, especially those in the implementation group,” she added.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email

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