Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
This will help the government to reach its objective to build 1 million homes for the low income group, he said, at the ground breaking ceremony of a People's Housing Programme at Kepayan Ridge, Tuesday. Muhyiddin said Sabahans are fortunate, with the help of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, to obtain a piece of land for the project, here.
"Without land the Federal Government can't carry out the project.
This is the second largest project in Malaysia after Wilayah Persekutuan," he said, adding 500 houses would be built here.
The houses consisting of five blocks will be built on 6.437 acres belonging to the Sabah Housing and Town Development Board (LPPB). The RM80 million project is aimed at providing adequate housing for people with monthly income less than RM2,500 and those living in squatter areas without proper housing.
"The houses would be sold at RM42,000 each and the people must understand those are highly subsidised by the government. A similar house will cost between RM130,000 to RM150,000 outside, " he added.
Earlier, Musa said the housing project was a clear testimony that the Federal Government is really committed in giving priority to the needs of people basic facilities such as education and affordable housing. "I believe the implementation of this housing project will not only benefit the people with low income, but will also see more comfortable and systematic homes," he said.
Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Dato' Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who has been entrusted with the task to complete such projects in Malaysia, said the construction work at Kepayan Ridge will begin soon and is expected to be completed in 2017.
"The houses with 700sq ft floor space will have 3 rooms, 2 baths, a hall, dining space, kitchen and place to dry clothes.
The houses are priced at RM42,000 each.
But those who can't afford to buy can opt to rent at RM124 per month.
"Also 100 units of these houses will be allotted for young married couples below 30 as a 'transit house' to allow them to stay for two years before they can save enough money to buy own houses," Rahman said.
The housing scheme will have various facilities such as kindergarten, surau, multipurpose hall, parking lots, administrative office, play ground and open space.
The Kepayan Ridge People Housing Project is one of the 13 projects which were approved under the budget for 2013.
It is located 5km from the city.