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by desiree tresa gasper AND zazali musa
New neighbourhood: A housing development in Bandar Putra, Segamat in Johor.
NUSAJAYA: Issues on the escalating prices of houses in Johor was a hot topic brought up by assemblymen from both the divides.
Datuk Dr Adham Baba (BN-Pasir Raja) said the high cost of houses were a burden to the people.
“It is still uncertain that a household with a total income of RM6,000 can afford a house which costs RM400,000,” he said adding that this was the average cost for medium-size houses in the state.
Dr Adham said young people aged between 20 and 30 also had to worry about repaying their car and motorcycle loans.
“How are they going to afford it,” he questioned before suggesting that there be a reduction in interest rate especially for first time residential property buyers.
He also suggested that there should be more opportunities for financial assistance for this group.
“The state government should also build more affordable housing on their own to meet the growing needs of the people,” he said adding that if private companies wanted
to build the homes, they would
have to price it according to the specifications set by the state government.
Dr Adham suggested for the state to look into the usage of new technology to build homes which could reduce the overall pricing.
“Another suggestion would be to build more high rise apartments especially in areas where the price of land is high,” he said at the recent state assembly sitting here.
Another two assemblymen Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (PKR-Bukit Batu) and Yeo Tung Siong (DAP-Pekan Nenas) also brought up the issue of high price homes and urged the state government to take necessary actions before the issue escalated.
Puah said high priced homes did not only affect the lower income wage earners but also the medium income group.
“For example, in Taman Johor Jaya, a low-cost house which used to be priced at RM22,000 is now being sold for RM100,000,” he said adding that this was beyond reach for fresh graduates and young adults.
Yeo on the other hand also urged for prompt action to be taken pertaining to the matter as the average income for the lower income group was only RM1,847.
“This group can only afford houses costing between RM66,000 and RM90,000 but it is impossible to find houses at this rate now,” he said while hoping that more affordable housing will be built throughout the state.
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