KUCHING – The state government is prepared to give private housing developers equal opportunities to build more houses if they are prepared to meet three important criterias.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said they must match the standards set by the Perbandanan PR1MA Malaysia or PR1MA in its houses, which must be affordable to the targeted low and middle income groups.
“The facilities too must be the same as provided for by PR1MA and the quality of the surrounding environment must be upgraded,” he told the media after declaring open PR1MA Sarawak office and sale gallery at Metrocity, Matang Jaya here today.
Abang Johari, who is also state Housing and Urbanisation Minister, said it was certainly not the intention of the government to discriminate against private developers.
“There must be a balance. We want the private developers to be involved to keep the economy going but the government too has its role in providing adequate affordable housings to the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the state government had allowed PR1MA to build a total of 17,660 units of house mostly in urban areas like here, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.
He also said the state government would similarly build more houses next year after revising its housing policy in the State legislative assembly sitting beginning next week.
“To mitigate the escalating costs of land which affect house price, we will use state land and we have set up a land bank for this,” he said.
Abang Johari expressed the state government’s gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for allowing PR1MA to come to the state to help supply more houses for the people. – BERNAMA