KUCHING, March 3— Sarawak targets to build 9,185 units of quality affordable homes under 8 development projects by 2019.
Its Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said his ministry was cooperating with the state Housing Development Commission, Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA) and local developers to build them.
Speaking at a news conference at his office here today, he said the projects were in Siol Kandis (Vista Tunku with 1,877 units), Matang (Matang 1 – 912 units and Matang 2 – 448 units), and in Semenggoh (1,260 units).
He said the other two projects here would be in Petrajaya 2 (616 units) and Bintawa (1,320 units).
“The rest will be in Sibu (1,096 units) and Sungai Plan in Bintulu (1,656 units).
“They will be sold from RM100,000 to RM300,000 per unit, depending on the type but are generally 20% lower than the market prices.”
Abang Johari said there was a need to build more homes as an increasing number of people were now more keen to live in the towns and cities.
“By 2025, it is envisaged that at least 60% of the state’s population will be urban and 40% rural dwellers,” he said.
Abang Johari noted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, accompanied by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, was expected to officiate at a PR1MA housing roadshow on March 12 at the Old State Legislative Assembly Building, here.
“The roadshow will actually begin a day earlier on Friday and will be held until Sunday, 10am to 7pm,” he said.
PR1MA chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Mutalib Alias, who was present at the news conference, said it would work closely with the state government, other relevant authorities and local developers in identifying ideal sites for more PR1MA homes.
“We have so far planned to build a total of 233,380 units nationwide and of these, 75,859 units are already in the various stages of construction,” he said.
Middle-income residents in the state are urged to register via the official website at www.pr1ma.my for the opportunity to own a house.