'Move to meet housing target impeded by various issues'

'Move to meet housing target impeded by various issues'

MALAYSIA - While the Government is committed to meet the target of housing needs, its implementation may be impeded by issues such as the right location and acquiring state and individually-owned land, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the issues might arise during the process of providing affordable housing to the people.

Other issues were ensuring access to basic amenities and infrastructure and failure on the contractors' part to complete the project in time.

"The Government has announced the setting up of the National Housing Council to draft strategies and action plan to ensure efforts to provide affordable housing to the rakyat is swift and effective," he told Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong).

Abdul Rahman said the council is also tasked to monitor the property market and to help increase the opportunity for the people to own houses.

According to a report by the National Property Information Centre issued by the Finance Ministry, the number of completed housing units as of June totalled 4.67 million.

Abdul Rahman said for 2014, the Government has set a target to build 223,000 units of houses through the People's Housing Programme (PPR), PR1MA, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad and the private sector.

"The aim is to flood the market with affordable houses so that it is easily available for the people."

He said the council would meet on Thursday to determine on the award of RM30,000 subsidy for houses under the MyHome programme.

The ministry would decide on whether it should be given to developers to subsidise the development or be sold directly to buyers.

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