November 20, KUALA LUMPUR – The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry is ready to look into the issue of surplus properties, especially unsold residential units, to find a solution to the problem.
Minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar said the move was seen to identify housing-related issues, including supply mismatch and market demand.
“The ministry is prepared to look into the issue with all parties such as the National Property Information Centre, Finance Ministry, Federal Territories Ministry, Bank Negara and the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia,” he said when winding-up the Supply Bill 2018 at the committee level for the ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today.
He added about 83 per cent of the unsold houses were priced at RM250,000 and exceeded RM1 million and most of them were strata-titled houses priced above RM250,000.
In another development, Noh explained the proposal for Volunteer Fire and Rescue teams currently under the jurisdiction of the Registrar of Societies to be registered under the ministry.
In making the call, he said it did not mean the ministry intended to take over the volunteer organisations’ assets, adding they would still have the current freedom to carry out activities.
“We will strengthen the administrative regulations of the fire-fighting regime. It is easier for us to ensure the fire and rescue volunteers carry out their programmes as planned.”
Meanwhile, Noh said that among the challenges facing the ministry in the effort to create more fire stations nationwide was getting the sites because there were state governments imposing high premiums, as in the case of Selangor.
“The price of the site is more expensive than building the fire station. We are doing it to benefit the people but the state is taking advantage,” he said.