PUTRAJAYA, 20 June: Good news for civil servants! The government has decided to build 200,000 units of houses under the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Programme, double the number originally targeted.
This was disclosed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak at the handing over of keys to owners of the Selasih 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Scheme in Precinct 17 here today.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa had made the proposal to double the number of units.
He also said that the government wanted to ensure the well-being and comfort of all civil servants.
“It is the cherished dream of every individual, more so those who are married, to own an affordable house suitable to one’s capability, taste and needs.
“Of course, the house must be suitable in accordance with the size of the family, affordable in terms of monthly salary deductions and in the vicinity of modern facilities such as kindergarten, recreational areas, surau and so on.
“It should also be of high quality and not far from the workplace,” he said at the event which was also attended by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar, Ali and Putrajaya Corporation president Datuk Seri Hasim Ismail.
On April 23, the government had announced it would build 100,000 units of houses throughout the country under the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Programme.
Najib said 3,563 units of these houses had been completed and occupied.
He said the prices of these houses were lower than the market prices of between RM200,000 and RM300,000 depending on the size.
For every unit, the government provides a subsidy of between RM25,000 and RM38,000 depending on the size.
Najib also said that Putrajaya Corporation had agreed that the monthly maintenance payment for these houses be reduced from 20 sen to 16 sen per square feet.
He said that for the Putrajaya project incorporating these houses that were launched on April 18, 2013, the government planned to build 17,530 units in three phases that would be completed by 2020.
“Today, civil servants in Grade S41 and below are the proud owners of 1,000 units of the houses in Precinct 17,” he said, adding that Selasih was among the best of the housing projects provided by the government.