The Housing and Local Government Ministry is reviewing the price of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) unit following a proposal for bigger living quarters from its current size of 600 sq ft to 900 sq ft.
Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (picture) said it is due to the financial implications in terms of construction costs and subsidies to be borne by the government following the increase in size of the residential unit.
“We are very careful in terms of price to ensure that it will not be wasteful,” she said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday.
She was answering a question from MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (Pakatan Harapan-Permatang Pauh) on the justification to increase the size of the PPR housing unit, as well as the implications on the price.
In the meantime, she said the federal government would also draw a policy that requires the state government to provide bigger land for the construction of PPR houses and other basic amenities.
“With this condition, it will lower the prices (of PPR unit) and will not affect the prices of low-cost houses.”
The ministry will also discuss with Bank Negara Malaysia for flexibility in terms of bank loan facility to PPR house applicants, she said.
Meanwhile, a detailed study, which includes the legal implications, mechanism, financial requirements and technical aspects, must be conducted before local government elections can be held.
Zuraida said several existing laws such as the Local Government Act 1976, the Election Act 1958 and the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002 must first be amended.
“We need about three years to have the elections because they involve a large expense,” she said in reply to a question from MP Wong Hon Wai (Pakatan Harapan-Bukit Bendera).
Zuraida said a feasibility study of the elections would be tabled to the Cabinet by the end of this year. — Bernama