A total of 38,145 applications have been received by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) as of last January.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah shared that DBKL has been receiving applications involving the urban poor since 2009, reported Bernama.
“Of the total, 14,412 applications have been offered for the housing units until March,” he told Bernama.
“We took a long time to approve the applications because the number of vacant units for the housing is very limited.”
With this, he revealed that several locations in the capital have been identified by DBKL for building council homes in a bid to meet the housing needs of such group.
“We are completing the development project in Sungai Udang, Segambut, involving the construction of 1,251 units, which is expected to be completed next September. We will also build about 760 units in Jalan Semilang, Cheras, as well as await approval for the project in Taman Desa,” said Mahadi.
But unlike PPR and PA housing units, the council home will measure between 700 sq ft and 750 sq ft and feature three rooms and two bathrooms, he said.
And while the council home’s rental rate may be higher than PPR and PA units, it is still lower compared to the market price.
“What is important is we want to give more comfort to the city folks, as well as to overcome the housing problem of the urban poor,” he said.
Meanwhile, DBKL had 61,806 PPR and PA units, of which 37,582 units are leased out at a monthly rental rate of RM94 to RM124. The other 24,224 units have been sold, said Mahadi.
“Some of the PPR and PA houses have been sold and the owners are allowed to rent them out to others,” he noted.
DBKL tenants, however, are not allowed to rent out their homes to others. Those found to be doing so can be disqualified from renting the PPR or PA house, said Mahadi.