Don’t delay PR1MA resolution, ministry told

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KUCHING: The Local Government and Housing Ministry was told to not delay a resolution to address the lack of rebates and discounts for 1Malaysia Housing Programme (PR1MA) home buyers.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said, rebates and discounts offered by the federal government did not extend to buyers who bought the houses early.

He said in early 2019, a discount of up to 30 per cent was offered by Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia’s Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) for new PR1MA buyers throughout Malaysia.

“I welcome all initiatives to reduce the cost of housing for new house buyers, however this affects the early buyers who managed to purchase PR1MA, albeit at a slightly higher price.

“The 30 per cent can reach up to RM90k, and while this is good for the new buyers, it is unfair for those that have made the earlier purchase,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (July 10).

Dr Yii said Local Government and Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin promised she would address the issue for PR1MA buyers in Kuching through an open dialogue scheduled for Nov 23, 2019.

He said his concern was on the PR1MA housing in Bintawa, Kuching, which falls under his Bandar Kuching constituency. The dialogue however, was postponed due to last-minute changes by the minister without any proper explanation.

“I requested a new date but yet until now there has been no new dates given, and I regret that this issue is delayed again.

“That is why I urge the government and the ministry not to further delay this issue, and to prioritise resolving the long-standing issue, including having a proper dialogue and consultation with the early buyers, to come up with a way forward.

“Many have been waiting for over a year for an answer but yet until now, they have not received any feedback from the ministry,” he said, adding that he would raise the question to the ministry in Parliament.

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