Sarawak eyes more low-cost homes

May 23, 2016


Sarawak’s Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pledged that he will continue the government’s programmes to help more people have a roof above their heads.

“My immediate focus is on continuing with the Housing Ministry’s plan in providing affordable homes for those in need,” he shared.

In addition, there are a number of upcoming developments that need to be built on time, said the Asajaya assemblyman, who is also the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports.

Meanwhile, Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip explained that urbanisation is a necessity for the state.

“We are fortunate that Sarawak grows at a rather fast rate. Urbanisation and growth go hand in hand. This must be accepted,” said Talib who was appointed Assistant Minister for Urbanisation and Infrastructure Development.

But the challenge with urbanisation is how to go about in an orderly way and soften its negative effects.

“It starts with jobs, business and good income. Then there are the facilities and amenities that have to be provided – houses, roads, hospitals, schools, water and electricity among others,” he noted.

But because these are not all under the purview of just one ministry there is a need for various agencies and departments to work closely together, added Talib.


Mangalesri Chandrasekaran, Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact her about this or other stories email


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