KUCHING: Sarawak has denied the federal government’s claim that it has not allocated land to build affordable houses, saying it handed over 495ha in June last year.
Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) had presented 10 parcels of state land totalling 495ha to the federal housing and local government ministry to build about 12,000 units of affordable homes.
He said the handover took place when the federal minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin, visited Sarawak in June last year.
Because no approval had been forthcoming from the federal government, Sim said, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg decided to build 2,500 units of their own affordable houses for 2019 and 2020.
“This includes the continuation of the PPR Tabuan Melayu project which was withdrawn from the ministry’s project list under the new government,” he said in a statement here today.
Yesterday, Zuraida was quoted as saying Sarawak was the only state that had failed to provide any land to the ministry to build affordable houses.
“I hope the state’s executive councillor in charge of housing as well as the chief minister will respond. We want to help build affordable houses for the people in Sarawak,” she said.
Sim said the state government was undertaking an affordable housing project in Miri, on part of the land that had been proposed to the ministry last year.
He also said the state government was aware that the federal government was carrying out two affordable housing projects on private land – in Seduan, Sibu and in Matang, Kuching.