Civil servants looking to buy affordable homes built under government initiatives would now have to apply for such homes just like any other citizen. This comes as the special allocations for public servants have been scrapped following the merger of all separate agencies tasked to provide affordable housing into a single body.
“The implementation of this new policy follows the setting up of a new sole entity that makes Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB), Uda Holdings Berhad, Housing Programme for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT) and 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing (PPA1M) to be uniform under one roof in strengthening the will of the Pakatan Harapan government,” said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
In explaining the new policy, which takes effect immediately, Zuraida stated that it was made to encourage social interaction between the public and civil servants to share their experience, knowledge and views to enhance a sustainable community.
The Minister noted that her office now has 13 affordable housing projects, of which three projects has 38,000 completed units while 122,000 units for 10 projects are undergoing construction.
Of the 38,000 units, 9,000 will be set aside for civil servants, around 10 percent to the Fire and Rescue Department personnel and the rest to the public, particularly the low-income B40 group, reported Berita Harian.
“If we look at the overall total, I have already achieved the target of 160,000 units to be built this year,” said Zuraida.
Civil servants union Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda is, however, not pleased with the ministry’s sudden announcement.
He believes that each policy should have consultations with stakeholders for equity and in a transparent new Malaysia.
“The minister should discuss with Cuepacs to find the best mechanism in resolving the method of home ownership among civil servants. Not make decisions using the minister’s powers alone.”
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