The People’s Housing Project (PPR) will be renamed “Rumah Malaysia” with units that will have a larger built-up of no less than 900 sq ft, according to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT).
The next batch of 4,120 units will be built at 11 locations nationwide this year, of which three will be located in Johor, specifically in Kluang, Pengerang and Sembrong, reported Bernama citing KPKT Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.
Units at Rumah Malaysia projects will have a built-up area of not less than 900 sq ft, an improvement from the 700 sq ft currently. The projects will also be equipped with various facilities such as community hall, playground and house of worship, according to the Bernama report.
“It is time for the Malaysian people to get bigger houses to improve their quality of life. This will, in turn, make them high-quality citizens,” Zuraida said after handing-over the keys to Taman Seri Molek Perdana Phase 1 and PPR Taman Perling house buyers in Johor.
The handing over of keys involved 160 housing units and eight shop units out of the 525 units in PPR Taman Perling and 972 units in Taman Seri Molek Perdana.
To ensure that the projects will be occupied, the ministry has stipulated that eligible applicants should occupy the housing units within three months following the completion of the projects.
“I have requested that these houses be filled within three months. The state government must cooperate in getting occupancy. This includes allowing a two-year rental period while the applicants manage their bank loans and so on,” said Zuraida as quoted by Bernama.
“If after two years they still fail to obtain any financing, the state government has to decide whether to extend the rental period or find new applicants,” she added, noting that the rental rates would also be adjusted by the ministry throughout the country.