Naim-SPNB collaboration to build low cost houses

Abang Johari (fourth from left) with Reezal (on Abang Jo’s right), Hamed Sepawi (extreme right) and Dr Sim (on Hamed’s right) during the earth-breaking ceremony.

MIRI: Naim Group of Companies (Naim) has sealed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) to build 694 units of low cost houses for middle low income people in Miri on Wednesday (Nov 24).

These affordable housing will be built and developed through Vista Perdana Phase 3 housing development in Permai Jaya, Kuala Baram here.

The construction works of Vista Perdana Phase 3, which kicked off on Wednesday, will take about 36 months to complete.

The development area for Phase 3 involved 111 acres of land with 694 units of terrace units with a floor area of 900 square feet. The houses will consist of three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Apart from caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari, also present at the MoU signing ceremony were federal Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Naim Holdings Berhad chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

Vista Perdana Phase 3 comprising 694 units of affordable houses for the Miri population.

At the event, SPNB was represented by its chief executive officer Datuk Hasleen Isnin while Naim Holdings Berhad was represented by its managing director Datuk Hasmi Hasnan.

The Vista Perdana Project is one of the affordable housing projects developed by SPNB, covering an area of 296 acres in Miri, which started in 2006.

The development of the project was carried out in clusters through three phases, with phase one being completed in 2010 and phase two being completed in 2018, through a collaboration with Naim.

A well-known local developer, Naim since its establishment more than 25 years ago has built about 12,000 units of affordable housing in the low-cost segment in collaboration with various State and federal state agencies such as SPNB and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

Earlier Abang Johari said the Sarawak government welcomed the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia (KPKT)’s continued efforts through SPNB in providing affordable housing in Sarawak in areas such as Miri and  Kuching. 

SPNB’s chief executive officer Datuk Hasleen Isnin (left) exchanges documents with Hasmi Hasnan during the MoU signing ceremony. Witnessing the exchange are Abang Johari (centre), Hamed Sepawi (extreme right), Reezal Merican (on Abang Johari’s left) and Dr Sim (on Hamed’s right).

He said such efforts would help improve the home ownership among the target group (middle and low income).

Given that the State government was prioritising on the ‘People and Sarawak first’ concept, he added that building affordable housing was one of its priorities.

“My administration is taking a holistic approach on this matter by not only intensifying efforts in providing affordable housing to our people, but also addressing the issue on financing among the target groups and reducing cost pressures in the housing market,” he opined.

Meanwhile, Reezal Merican disclosed KPKT would continue to be committed to achieving the housing agenda for Malaysian families through the reactivation of the National Affordable Housing Council (MPMMN).

“The provision of comfortable affordable home ownership for Malaysian families is the main agenda of the government through the concept of“ Liveable Malaysia or Malaysia Berdaya Huni,” he said. 

Abang Johari (right) receives a thank you note from a house buyer of the Vista Perdana Phase 2 project and his son during the event.

This is in line with the Malaysian Plan (MP12) strategy which ensures that the implementation of housing projects nationwide for the M40 and B40 groups continues to be given attention and is more inclusive as well as having complete and quality infrastructure to live in.

The Phase 3 development comprises a total of 694 units of single storey terrace houses with an area of 900 square feet.

The residence will also be equipped with various basic facilities and services such as a commercial zone and close to public facilities such as hospitals and a strategic location located only 20 minutes from Miri Airport.

The total development of the Vista Perdana Project is estimated at 2,446 units with a house size composition ranging from 750 square feet to 1,276 square feet.

To date, a total of 27,518 units of SPNB residential houses have been completed throughout Malaysia with 1,968 units of houses under construction and 1,841 units of houses still in various stages of planning.

For the B40 group, a total of 47,745 units of Rumah Mesra Rakyat have been completed nationwide.

And for this year, it is expected that between 5,000 and 6,000 units will be completed for the people.