Melaka has most affordable housing in Malaysia, says CM

Melaka Chief Minister Idris Haron says the state has been recognised for its affordable housing by Khazanah Research Institute and the World Bank. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Minister Idris Haron says Melaka has been recognised as the state which provides the most affordable housing in terms of pricing.

He said this was part of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s efforts to improve infrastructure facilities for the people under its housing programme.

Speaking in an interview, he said an affordable house in Melaka costs only RM80,000 compared with northern states where the price is about RM240,000.

For houses in other states which cost RM470,000, he said, the same house would cost RM120,000 in Melaka while RM700,000 houses would only cost RM250,000.

“As such, Khazanah Research Institute together with the World Bank have identified Melaka as the most affordable housing provider in the country in a report entitled ‘Demystifying Affordable Housing Issue in Malaysia 2017’,” Idris said.

He said his administration was planning to build 58,000 units of affordable housing in Melaka, of which 38,000 had already been completed. The others are still in the construction stage.

He also said there were various housing programmes in Melaka such as the people-friendly homes, housing for public sector employees or MGOHOME (Melaka Government Officers Home) as well as larger houses sold at prices that correspond with housing loan facilities for government officers.

“The people are happy, getting better houses. The prices of People’s Housing Project (PPR) units range from RM42,000 to RM249,000 for units of 800 sq ft with three bedrooms and two bathrooms to 1,500 sq ft,” Idris said

He said the government had also allocated RM2.8 million to repair dilapidated houses so that no one would be marginalised or left out of the state’s housing programme.

Likewise, he said, the Melaka Housing Board also used its surplus funds and profits to repair such houses in villages.

“Homeowners don’t have to pay for the repairs as the people deserve the funds.”