MUADZAM SHAH: The offer price of RM90,000 for a house under the Felda New Generation Housing Project (FGBF) involves all the 8,570 units of the houses nationwide, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim.
He said the houses in 33 Felda schemes, including in the Rompin Parliamentary constituency, were almost ready or in the tender process.
“Of the total, 2,150 units will be completed and occupied by the second generation of Felda settlers this year,” he told reporters after officiating the ground-breaking ceremony for the Perantai Damai PGBF project for settlers of Felda Keratong 8, 9 and 10, here, Sunday.
Razali also stressed that the decision to reduce the price of the houses to RM90,000 from RM125,000 a unit had long been discussed among the interested parties including the Malaysian Felda Youth Council and not due to the Rompin Parliamentary constituency by-election on Tuesday.
He said, the matter was again raised by the younger generation in Felda including by Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin before the government announced the new price of RM90,000 for the houses, yesterday.
“The price does not include the cost of infrastructure such as roads, consultation and insurance costs which would be borne by FELDA…not wrong for Felda to help in terms of all the costs,” he said.
Razali, however, said the government had not considered the price of the balance 11,430 units of PGBF houses, which had been planned since 2013.
The government, at the tabling of the 2013 Budget announced the construction of 20,000 units of PGBF houses to be implemented in five years.
“The price for the rest of the house will be discussed by the management of Felda. It can be lower or higher depending on numerous factors, he said.
In the meantime, Razali said the selection of the buyers for the houses would depend on marital status and second generation settlers staying on the land schemes and could afford to pay housing loans.
The government yesterday offered a price of RM90,000 for the purchase of a house by second generation Felda settlers in the Rompin Parliamentary constituency, as compared to the original cost of RM125,000.
The Prime Minister said for this generation who were incapable of obtaining the financing to buy the houses, the government would provide a hire-and-purchase scheme, whereby they could occupy the houses for the first five years at a reasonable rental rates.