The Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) is set to build around 80,000 homes under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), benefitting some 400,000 people.
KPKT Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican revealed that 39,192 housing units will be built under the Malaysian Civil Servants’ Housing Programme (PPAM), 16,011 units under the People’s Housing Project (PPR), 15,000 homes under the Rumah Mesra Rakyat scheme, and 10,256 units under PR1MA Housing, reported Bernama.
He noted that KPKT, as custodian of local housing matters, will always ensure that the housing agenda is prioritised in every strategic direction planning of Malaysia, including the annual Budget as well as the five-year national development plans.
“The housing agenda is a core and primary issue involving the pulse of every Malaysian, every Malaysian Family,” he said during the launch of the “Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia” scheme at KPKT.
The launch, which was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, was followed by the handing over of keys to the first 100 recipients of Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia.
Under this scheme, existing PPR units are reserved for Malaysians who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The units are offered at a minimum rent of RM124 per month for up to two years.
KPKT has initially set aside 1,000 PPR units in Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Selangor, Johor and Kelantan for the Rumah Ikram Keluarga Malaysia scheme.
Reezal Merican noted that the scheme offers some form of cushion to those affected by the pandemic, adding that KPKT will propose to state authorities to introduce a similar initiative in their states.
“We have received so many applications and calls enquiring about this initiative,” he said, noting that the scheme would drive the ministry’s efforts in helping the affected people.
Under Budget 2021’s housing allocation for the ministry, the government has set aside RM500 million for the construction of 14,000 PPR units, RM310 million for the Malaysian Civil Servants’ Housing Programme and RM315 million for the construction of 3,000 Rumah Mesra Rakyat units.
Another RM125 million was set aside for the maintenance of low-medium-cost and low-cost strata housing units as well as aid for repairing dilapidated houses or those damaged in natural disaster.
He said KPKT is working towards setting a better benchmark for the aspiration of the Malaysian Family via the Liveable Malaysia agenda, particularly in PPR areas.
“We (KPKT) want PPR schemes to not only provide quality accommodation but also give ease of mind to occupants, apart from being equipped with basic infrastructure and internet access in a green and uplifting environment,” he said as quoted by Bernama.