KUCHING: The Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association’s (Sheda) have been told to play a more proactive role in working with the local government to ensure they meet the consumers’ demand in the housing industry.
According to Sarawak Local Government assistant minister Datu Dr. Penguang Manggil, his ministry would like to see Sheda to work very closely with the Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Local Government, particularly with the relevant local authorities and agencies.
“This is to ensure that there isn’t any oversupply of houses, particularly in the bigger town areas,” said Penguang at a press conference held after a visit to the Sheda Kuching Branch 1st Home and Property Roadshow 2017 at the Boulevard Shopping Mall, yesterday.
He added that the Ministry of Housing has indicated many times that they would like to see more medium and low cost affordable house being built in order to cater for the need of the lower income group, and also for the government servants.
Penguang also noted that his ministry would also like to request the housing developers to incorporate environmentally-friendly planning and designs into their houses.
“For example, providing adequate open space, recreational parks as well as proper drainage and roads, and safety features.
“This is important to encourage better citizen interactions, promote better neighbourliness and at the same time creating a 1Malaysia community,” he said.
Meanwhile, more than 40 booths consisting of Sheda members and non-members are taking part in the roadshow showcasing properties from East and West Malaysia.
Organising chairman Peter Lau Hui Han said that Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuching Regional Office is also present at the roadshow, providing information on personal credit through Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS), banking advisory and financial management through ‘Agensi Kaunseling dan Pengurusan Kredit’ (AKPK).
Peter also revealed that in addition to exciting activities being held during the roadshow, two automobile brands, Honda and Mitsubishi are also displaying their latest car models and promotions during the three day roadshow.
Potential buyers will also get a chance to win electrical appliances in the ‘Buy & Win’ Lucky Draw and the grand prize winner will be announced at 8pm on Sunday (5 March), and walk away with a 43-inch Panasonic Full HD LED television.
During the roadshow, Sheda also gave out donations worth over RM15,000 in cash, as part of their corporate social responsibility program, to three selected NGOs participating in roadshow.
Members of the public are welcome to visit the roadshow being held at Boulevard Shopping Mall (ground floor) on 3-5 March, from 10 am to 9 pm.
Also present was Sheda Kuching branch chairman Dr. Christopher Ngui.