Housing for armed forces to be ready by end 2024

by AKMAR ANNUAR

THE “One Member One House” (SASaR) programme for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is nearly 22% complete.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan said the keys to the houses are targeted to be handed to the buyers by the end of 2024.

“The project will stay on track and the houses will be available to buyers as long as there are no labour and supply issues,” he said during his visit at the Sateria Residensi Platinum South Valley, Sungai Besi, Selangor, on Jan 25.

He was confident that the project placed under the Defence White Paper which was launched in 2018 will be completed within the stipulated timeline.

“The developer still needs 300 to 400 workers, or at least 1,000 for the target date to be adhered to but fortunately, our construction industry does not import materials as we use mostly local stuff,” he told the media.

Mohamad noted that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall has also given the developer extra three hours to work at this site to ensure the construction will be completed as planned.

The project will have 3,500 units to ensure adequate housing and welfare for the military personnel.

Mohamad also said the construction of the second SASaR housing for Wardieburn military camp personnel, which was approved by the Cabinet last year, will start soon.

“The main objective of this project is to give all MAF personnel and veterans the opportunity to have comfortable and affordable homes in Kuala Lumpur,” he said in an earlier statement.

The agenda set in motion through the Housing Blueprint 3.0 is an effort that directly supports the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) Strategic Plan 2021-2025, under Core 3, which is the “preservation of the wellbeing of MAFS citizens and veterans”.

The construction of SASaR Sungai Besi or Residensi Sateria commenced in 2022 and is expected to be fully completed in 2025.

The project involves the construction of five residential blocks comprising 3,500 units for three different categories according to the size of the residences.