Quality living via affordable housing

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KUCHING: The Sarawak government is looking to make sure that the people would have access to quality living by providing them with affordable housing.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said quality living must be guaranteed to all strata of society.

“There are people who can afford to buy houses costing up to RM1 million; some can buy houses worth RM2 million while others can only afford RM100,000 to RM200,000 on houses.

“To cater for the low-income group, we are now building affordable houses with infrastructural costs and utilities borne by the state government.

“These include the cost of land filling/dumping, drainage, utilities. The buyers only need to pay for the houses,” he said while officiating at the announcement of results of Langit Architectural Competition yesterday (Aug 7). The competition was organised by Hock Seng Lee (HSL).

Abang Johari said there must be certain benchmarks for living standards. On this, he hoped planned townships will be built in both urban and suburban areas.

“On financial capacity and access for house buyers, we are going to upgrade our Mutiara Mortgage and Finance, our own financial institution that will give out loans.

“By buying these affordable houses, the buyers will gain a lot as while each house sells for only RM150,000 to RM200,000, the actual value is RM350,000 when you factor in the infrastructural costs.

“In terms of collateral, the houses serve as their own collateral, so the buyers only need to pay a certain amount. That’s why we must build quality houses that are within the financial capability of the low-income group,” he said.

Abang Johari said if the economy is doing well, wages will be high and many people can buy quality houses and elevate their standard of living.

“Let us work together to achieve that target. The sky is the limit. What we need now is talent, innovation and new ideas. With that ecosystem, I am sure we can transform Sarawak into a developed state,” he said.

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