KOTA KINABALU: Almost 17,000 people in Sabah will benefit from an allocation of RM66 million for the poor people’s housing project (PPRT) this year, federal Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
Speaking to reporters during a ceremony to hand over keys to PPRT houses in Putatan near here, Ismail said the allocation was to build 252 new houses and repair 3,259 existing homes.
From 2014 to 2017, Ismail said 43,080 people in Sabah had benefited from PPRT projects worth RM321.5 million.
“During this period, the government developed 12,552 units, 8,616 of which were repaired homes, while the remaining 3,936 were new houses,” he said.
“We spent RM206.7 million to build the new homes and another RM114.8 million for the house repairs.”
In 2017 alone, Ismail said 550 new homes were built and 3,800 houses repaired in Sabah involving a cost of RM94.4 million.
According to the minister, one new 660 sq ft PPRT house costs RM68,000 to build, much cheaper than one of a similar size in the open market, which can cost almost RM100,000.
He said the question of whether a project is to build new houses or repair existing homes depended on the needs of the people.
“Certain areas may need new homes, while other places require house repairs so that more people can benefit,” he said.
“So, it’s up to the state and branch leadership to decide.”
The minister pledged that new homes for this year will be completed by the year’s end while house repairs only take a few months, depending on the state of the homes.
He also said no PPRT projects had been abandoned.