KUCHING: The inaugural Sri Pertiwi Affordable Housing Scheme for the middle-income group (M40) in Sarawak was launched yesterday.

Officiating at its ground-breaking ceremony at the site of Aurora Heights in Batu Kawa was Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He revealed that the scheme, which offers about 300 housing units, is one of the state government’s initiatives to ensure that the people of Sarawak could afford a house of their own.

“The state government has agreed to launch the scheme three years ago to meet the increasing demand for affordable housing for the M40 group – whose median household are between RM4,000 and RM10,000 a month.

“To ensure that the housing is really affordable for the targeted M40 group, the state government has set the price at not more than RM300,000 per unit,” he said.

He added that the programme would only be done in five main towns, namely Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.

He also commended the private housing developer, Sendayan Group of Companies, for becoming the first to initiate the project for fresh graduates who have just started their career and the newly-weds.

Among those present were Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang and Sarawak Housing and Sendayan Group of Companies director Louis Ting.

Dr Sim (centre) being briefed by Ting on the house’s layout plant after the ground-breaking ceremony in Batu Kawa. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni