Malaysia’s Housing Ministry is considering to launch a one-stop online platform, where home seekers can apply for subsidised housing and get to know their approval status within days, reported The Edge.
Newly-appointed Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said on Monday (28 May) the aim of this website is to make it more convenient and efficient for would-be buyers to apply for affordable housing, as well as improve the transparency of the process.
“I’m giving them (the ministry) six months to get the platform ready. With online submission, it means no more hassle in submitting hard-copy forms and documents to different government agencies.”
This is because there are currently several government bodies handling different affordable housing schemes, through which applicants need to submit various documents, and there is presently no all-in-one platform where they can know their approval status.
For those without access to the internet, the ministry will help them submit their applications.
This is among the efforts implemented by Zuraida to place all existing public low-cost housing schemes like the People’s Housing Project and PR1MA under the umbrella of one programme for better efficiency and use of resources.
In line with this, her plans to propose to the new government to give the Cabinet the power to serve as the National Affordable Housing Council so that it can effectively manage all matters concerning the provision of such dwellings.
“By putting all schemes under one roof, we could review and resolve the problems effectively and make sure we deliver our promises to the rakyat,” she noted.
“However, the plan (to put the schemes under one roof) is still pending the Cabinet’s approval.” And the decision on this matter is expected to be announced within six months at the earliest.
Furthermore, Zuraida plans to visit all states’ executive councils to share her ideas and understand the actual housing issues in their respective areas before coming up with a comprehensive plan to tackle Malaysia’s housing woes.
Image sourced from The Edge Property
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