9 January, ISKANDAR PUTERI – The state government is targeting to build 13,000 units of affordable homes this year in an effort to achieve the target of 60,000 units in 2020.
The Johor State Exco for Housing and Local Government Datuk Md Jais Sarday said this was the main objective of his department this year besides resolving the issue of unsold units for the Bumiputera quota.
“So far, we have built 16,010 affordable homes throughout the state. So, this is a continuation of our target besides resolving the issue of unsold houses.
“Other challenges that we face are providing homes to the medium income group (M40) where in the previous budget we planned to build 10,000 units this year at a price of between RM200,000 and RM400,000 besides the challenges faced by developers regarding the high cost of building materials, he said.
He said this after attending a gathering with civil servants from the Housing Division in the State Secretariat and the Local Government Division for 2018, here today.
He added that in order to resolve the unsold Bumiputera housing issue, the state government had adopted the approach of proposing the release of the Bumiputera quota on condition that the units concerned were not sold within 12 months of the completion date or 50 per cent of the development had been completed.