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20.7 Per Cent Of 1 Million Affordable Housing Programme Completed

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PUTRAJAYA – A total of 20.7 per cent houses under the ‘1 Million Affordable
Housing’ programme has been completed as of Dec 31 last year, said the Urban
Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT).

According to the Ministry, the status of the programme was among issues
discussed in the National Housing Council (NHC) meeting chaired by Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Perdana Putra here today.

KPKT said 21.7 per cent of the project was still in the construction phase,
while another 41.3 per cent was in the planning stage.

“Based on discussions on the implementation of the affordable housing
programme, each implementing agency is committed towards the materialisation
of the vision,” said KPKT in a statement issued after the meeting.

According to the Ministry, the meeting also took note of the legislative
framework involved in the formation of the National Public Housing Management
Corporation as decided by the Prime Minister in the NHC meeting in 2015.

KPKT said the legislation framework would take into consideration the role
of the corporation which proposed to implement policies concerning public
housing; to promote public welfare in public housing; as well as to monitor the
quality, and the demand and supply of public housing.

As such, a Joint Implementation Committee will be formed to assist the
corporation in managing the process of approval and applications, the
development of the houses and coordinating all government entities to facilitate
and expedite the approval and implementation of the development of public
housing.

Meanwhile, KPKT said the NHC would also take into consideration the review
of the National Housing Policy for the period 2018-2022 or DRN 2.0.

“The study for the publication of DRN 2.0 will focus on current efforts on
geospatial aspects, the economy and the social well-being. The final report for
this study will be tabled in Oct 2017,” he said.

DRN is a guide that began publications in 2013 for a five-year period of
usage and has become the base for the planning and development of the housing
sector for all relevant ministries, departments and agencies as well as the
private sector.

According to KPKT, the room for improvement in DRN 2.0 had been identified
based on six main issues that frequently become constraints in housing
development.

The issues are the inability to buy homes which is becoming more serious;
mismatches between supply and demands according to location; the number of
agencies involved in the preparation of the houses; ownership patterns and
demographic imbalance; management and maintenance of available houses; as well
as the absence of a stock inventory system and integrated homebuyers in each
location.
— BERNAMA

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