KPKT focuses on affordable quality housing

The ministry’s mission is to provide 500,000 housing units under the 12th Malaysia Plan, says minister

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

THE Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) is ensuring the provision of adequate and quality affordable housing in the country, which is one of the six focuses of the Livable Malaysia agenda.

Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (picture) said KPKT’s mission is to provide 500,000 housing units under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“This is not a small amount, so we need a strategy to ensure the mission is achieved,” he said during the ministry’s New Year Mandate Ceremony 2022 and the launch of the Local Authority Empowerment Framework (RKPPBT) in Putrajaya last Friday.

Commenting further, Reezal said the National Affordable Housing Council meetings with Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob have been reactivated.

“The PM has already agreed for us to hold the first meeting on Jan 31,” he said.

He added that Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA) and Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd will continue to be the backbone of KPKT in providing affordable housing for the bottom 40% and middle 40% income groups.

Reezal Merican said the ministry’s three main principles — namely managing people’s worries, building people’s confidence and meeting people’s expectations — have been translated into various initiatives and efforts during the recent floods.

Additionally, he also outlined the ministry’s six Livable Malaysia focuses for 2022 — namely ensuring the provision of adequate and quality affordable housing, mainstream digitisation in the delivery of PBT services, empowering urban community development, improving fire and rescue preparedness, prioritising urban sustainability, development and resilience of the green city, and transforming solid waste management towards cyclical economic development.

Meanwhile, three challenges that need attention by KPKT are strengthening data as a source of accurate decision making, technology applications that enable services to be provided faster and the ministry’s perception as well as visibility.

“The mastery and ability to face these three challenges will enable KPKT to move into an effective and leading ministry,” Reezal Merican said.

He also acknowledged all parties’ dedication and services in handling the recent flood crisis.

He expressed gratitude to the frontliners who rescued flood victims, especially in severely affected areas such as Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam and Hulu Langat.

To date, KPKT has allocated RM125 million for flood-related and post-flood works.

This includes RM50 million to 52 local authorities for the repair of public infrastructure and RM50 million for the implementation of the Rumah Kasih Keluarga Malaysia initiative to rebuild and repair flood-affected houses.

Another RM5 million was allocated for the provision of Disaster Relief Baskets by PR1MA containing dry food items and other necessities and RM20 million for solid waste management and public cleaning works in the affected states.

Reezal Merican also launched the RKPPBT framework last Friday which emphasises on discussions, research and engagement sessions with various parties from the property industry.

He noted that the framework developed by KPKT is a comprehensive and holistic structure that prepares local authorities to be more dynamic and capable of facing the challenges ahead.