BERA, October 12 — The Pahang government will focus on building houses that cost RM80,000 per unit under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA), to cater for the need of low-income groups in the state.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the new price would be nearly 50 percent lower that such houses that were previously sold for RM150,000 per unit.
“In the exco meeting two months ago, the state government decided to focus on building units priced at RM80,000 and previous housing projects priced RM150,000 will be stopped.
“The project will target households earning RM5,000 per month and the state government is now at the technical assessment and legislative stages of the proposal,” he told reporters after handing over keys to Pahang PR1MA house owners at Makmur Sentral Jaya Triang housing here Monday.
Also present were state Housing and Municipal Committee chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Guai assemblyman Datuk Norol Azali Sulaiman.
Adnan said the RM80,000 house would measure between 750 square feet to 800 square feet, single-storey terrace, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
He said the state government was aware that the project would not bring high profits to developers and because of that it would be build using a cross-subsidy scheme.
Through the scheme, developers would be given a piece of land to develop other housing or commercial building projects as countertrade, he said.
Since 2013, he said the state government had approved the construction of 29,839 units under 81 Pahang PR1MA projects and in Bera, there were seven projects with 2,306 units approved.
“In the last general election, the state government promised to build 15,000 units of houses within five years under the Pahang PR1MA but to date, we have already built about 30,000 units,” he said.