Published on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: A project to build housing units for civil servants here is expected to commence by early next year.
Sabah Federal Secretary Datuk Abu Bakar Hassan said the project, which is still in the early stage of discussion on the concept, will be constructed on a 600-acre State land in Tuaran.
"The main purpose of the project is to provide houses not only for Federal civil servants but also State government servants who are categorised under lower income group, especially from the support service sector.
"Actually this is a big project because not only housing units would be constructed but also other facilities like government training institution, urban services centre and a sports complex, as suggested by the State Government, that will be considered.
"I cannot give details of the project because the concept is still being discussed which also involves the State Government. But once everything needed for the project is settled, we expect it will begin next year," he said.
Abu Bakar said this to reporters during a Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House for the public service sector held at Sabah Federal Government Administrative Complex along Jalan UMS, here, Monday.
It was also attended by Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, his wife Toh Puan Norlidah Datuk R.M. Jasni, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti bin Wakiman, heads of government and agencies, and civil servants.
According to Abu Bakar, the prices of the housing units might be cheaper and lower than the market pricing, considering the site for the project is a government land.
"The original intention of building the project is to help civil servants from the lower income category, particularly from the support service as we see that there is an urgent need to facilitate them.
"Since the project would be developed on a State land, then possibly we can sell the housing units much cheaper and lower than the market pricing for private housing," Abu Bakar said.