Penangites will enjoy affordable homes in Batu Maung, near George Town, when the project slated to begin as early as next year, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
She said the affordable housing project is in the process of selecting a developer through open tender.
“The land was previously owned by the Ministry of Agriculture, but all land conversion matters and other management matters related to the project will be implemented next year…now, we are waiting for developers to start bidding for the project.
“The developer that can come up with a good concept design and good business model will be selected for this housing project,” she told reporters during a visit to the project site in Batu Maung on Saturday.
Zuraida said the affordable homes on the 10-acre (4.05ha) parcel of land would be equipped with a variety of facilities that are suitable for economic growth.
“For the 10 acres of land, they are planning to build about 1,666 units, priced at RM150,000, RM200,000 and so on; and it will be equipped with good amenities such as a swimming pool, football court, parking bays, and a hall where everyone can share the facilities,” she said.
“It doesn’t really matter where are you from, you can buy a house for RM150,000, RM300,000 or RM500,000 and you can still share this affordable house,” Zuraida said.
She added that there are more issues to be handled by the federal and state governments in the near future, pertaining to the process of land conversion and documentation. — Bernama