Gov't May Be Increasing Minimum Property Purchase Price For Foreigners

July 12, 2018

The government plans to raise the minimum property prices for foreign buyers, in a bid to provide locals more opportunity to get up the property ladder and to compel developers to build affordable homes.

In fact, the government has been exploring a range of ideal prices to be set.

“Property developers now seem comfortable at providing RM1 million and above developments to attract foreign buyers,” said Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) secretary general Datuk Mohammad Mentek at the 2018 National Waste Management Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

“The favouritism is contradicting to the government’s intention in building more affordable houses. We want them to focus on building houses for Malaysians.”
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He revealed that the new threshold will be based on the local currency’s condition, reported The Malaysian Reserve.

Given the country’s foreign currency exchange rate, Mohammad noted that the “threshold is actually quite low if we consider the current economic condition”.

“To make a comparison, RM1 million is currently at around US$250,000.”

The previous government’s Economic Planning Unit replaced the Foreign Investment Committee Guidelines with the Guidelines on the Acquisition of Properties in June 2009 to control property ownership by foreign interests in the country.

With this, the government raised the minimum threshold for properties in various states from RM500,000 to RM1 million.

To date, the threshold for housing purchase by foreign buyers is capped at RM1 million, except for properties located in Perlis, Penang Island, Kedah, Sarawak and Melaka.

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Jul 30, 2018
This is terrible news. As a UK resident with a great fondness for Malaysia I would love to diversify my portfolio with a holiday home in KL, Malaysia. 1 million RM is almost £190k which is just too much to quantify for a home that would only be occupied 1-2 months a year and then let to locals for the remaining months. The government should be doing more to entice foreign investors when you consider that almost 6 Billion RM has been removed from the Malay stock markets following the new administration and bearish attitude of foreign investors. I say reduce the minimum investment amount to 500K RM as it was before and open the doors for more to invest in Malaysia.

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