Tawau: The Federal Government is considering selling houses built under the People's Housing Project (PPR) to tenants who currently rent them, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said.
The move was to ensure low income earners would have an opportunity to own a house instead of having to rent such houses throughout their life span. "We are on the verge of making a final announcement on the matter as the Federal Government is in the process of finalising the setting up a company called Syarikat Jaminan Kredit so that those who are capable of buying such houses but do not have pay slips, can apply for loans.
"We want the People's Representative (Wakil Rakyat) to guarantee that these tenants are able to pay RM180 or RM200 a month so that their loans can be processed," said Hamzah after visiting PPR houses in Titingan and a number of sites identified for such projects, here, Friday. The initiative is part of the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government's aspiration to ensure every Malaysian owned a house by the year 2020.
Hamzah said he was made to understand that Sabah needed at least 30,000 PPR units and that about 16,000 units were already in the process of construction while discussions are being held with the Sabah Government to determine the need for 14,000 more. "Even though the world and the country is facing an economic crisis, the building of such houses will go on. In fact, during an economic crisis, the housing sector can become an "engine of growth" to stimulate the economy. "That is the reason why we (Ministry) had stressed the importance of including the programme when discussing the stimulus package with the Finance Ministry. By stimulating the housing industry, 140 other sectors stand to benefit," he said.
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