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Shareda to build affordable housing: 70-acre site along Jalan Sulaman identified
Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2024
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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Chua said some landed housing units would also be built on the 70 acres in the proposed 120 acres for M40 people whereby each landed property may cost about RM600,000 but can be sold at RM500,000 to the M40 people, especially first or second home buyers, to help them own the houses.
Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Shareda) is now authorised to complement the Government’s initiative on building affordable housing and supporting ancillary development at an identified 70-acre site along Jalan Sulaman, near here.

Its President Datuk Sr Chua Soon Ping said this was endorsed at Shareda’s 31st annual meeting recently by a majority of council members.

He said Shareda has three main objectives, namely research, training and events and education.

“We want to further enhance with a fourth objective, which is the first motion, to complement the Government’s initiative on building affordable houses for B40 and M40 on State land of 70 acres given free to Shareda to be developed.

“A second motion was to allow it to fulfil the role (complement the Government’s initiative to build affordable housing) under the Registrar of Society (RoS) and under the Society Act.

“We have about 155 members, and only 57 turned out. Whereby 55 voted in favour of both motions while one is spoilt vote and one is not in favour. This result is democratic,” Chua said.

To a question, he said the State Government provided 70 acres behind 1Borneo Hypermall to build 4,000 houses mostly People’s Housing Programme (PPR) units for B40.

“This initiative involves Sabah Housing and Urban Development Board (LPPB) and Sabah Urban Development Corporation (SUDC).

“We appointed some council members to be in a committee to come up with a master plan for the 70-acre housing development.

“First, we propose to have such development covering 120 acres and the 70 acres inside the proposed 120 acres. We must have a proper master plan and once we receive an architect report, we will submit to the Sabah Government and the Chief Minister for endorsement,” Chua said.

He said the site of the 70 acres has some 20,000 squatters as well as legal ones.

“Furthermore, we often hear about illegal tapping of water supply and electricity there, apart from actually sitting on swampy land and a lot of peat soil. 

“Need to refill in so that we can build housing there. This will not be an easy task.

“We are trying to build PPR units to cater for B40 as our Prime Minister wants to have 500,000 PPR units by 2025 to cater for these low-income group.

“In the past, each unit cost about RM250,000, more or less with some built on high-rise, and some walk-up apartments, to be given to the rakyat on rental basis like RM150 per month.

“But now the Federal Housing and Local Government Ministry announced new rules to increase the cost of selling per unit to RM300,000 and let the people own by paying RM60,000 per unit. They cannot rent it out and they must stay in the PPR units,” he said.

Chua said the PPR house owners cannot sell the units for 10 years.

He said some landed housing units would also be built on the 70 acres in the proposed 120 acres for M40 people whereby each landed property may cost about RM600,000 but can be sold at RM500,000 to the M40 people, especially first or second home buyers, to help them own the houses.

“Why the magical number (RM500k for the landed property) works? It is because the 70-acre plot is given free. The private developers will not be taking advantage of the free government land but the buyers will. 

“We thank the Government for giving the free land and the affordable housing units to be built would be given to first and second homebuyers among the B40 and M40,” he said, adding that about 200 units of landed double-storey houses are planned to be built in the 70-acre site.





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