Affordable houses for Sarawakians

A model of the Vista Perdana Phase 3 affordable house.

MIRI: Both the federal and Sarawak governments are committed in providing affordable houses for the low and middle income groups, young people are no exception.

Reezal Merican (front row, second from right) with Abang Johari (centre) arriving for the earth-breaking ceremony of the Vista Perdana Phase 3 housing project in Permyjaya Miri.

In stating this, Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said this had been proven with various initiatives and people-centric programmes successfully being carried out over the years by both governments in providing more affordable houses to the people.

“For instance, Housing Deposit Assistance Scheme, Spektra Permata House Programme, Sarawak government Longhouse Loan scheme, Sarawak Rental Housing Assistance scheme were launched to help more people especially young Malaysians to own a house,” he said.

Reezal lauded the Sarawak government for introducing the Deposit Assistance Scheme whereby thr government provides cash aid amounting up to RM10,000 to B40  and M40 home buyers for payments of housing deposit.

“From what I know, Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that introduced and launched this initiative ( RM10,000 deposit to B40 and M40 home buyers) ….well done,” he said when speaking at the earth-breaking ceremony of the Vista Perdana Phase 3 affordable housing project on Wednesday in Permyjaya Miri.

Reezal disclosed that during former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s tenure at the federal level, there was a similar initiative to help home buyers to buy a house under ‘MyHome’ scheme back in 2014.

“….and my ministry will submit a proposal to re-introduce this scheme at the Parliament and, God willing, within two months it will be implemented,” he pointed out.

On the programme (the earth-breaking ceremony), he said it was a clear signal to the people that the Sarawak government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg was serious and committed in providing more affordable houses to the people.

The earth-breaking ceremony of the Vista Perdana Phase 3 Permyjaya affordable housing project here was performed by Abang Johari.

Among those present were Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Naim Holdings Berhad chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

The project is a collaboration between Naim Group of Companies and  Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB).

For Phase three, a total of 694 units of low cost houses will be built to cater for middle low income people in Miri.