FOODSTALL trader Zulkifle Abdullah was all smiles after receiving his key to his brand new house at the Simpang Perdana People’s Housing Programme (PPR) apartments in Taiping.
The father of three said he had waited about 14 years to finally have a comfortable house for his family.
“Our current home is a small house nearby the apartments.
“The rent is RM150 monthly and there are not many facilities nearby,” he said when met after the handover ceremony of the PPR project between deputy Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique and Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir on Feb 20.
“The rental for the apartment is RM124 monthly and I get to enjoy other amenities like the kindergarten, multi-purpose hall and the children’s playground within a gated community,” he said, adding that his monthly income was about RM1,800.
Zulkifle said he was proud to be staying at such a beautiful place and thanked the government for looking after the poor and the needy.
“The government has helped a lot of poor people like me.
“I sincerely hope they will continue to assist others who need help,” he said, adding that he planned to move into his new house by the end of March.
The PPR apartments are to allow the poor, the single mothers, the disabled, squatters and also those earning a low income to rent and stay at the unit comfortably.
Each of the 240 units of apartments at the 13-storey building measures about 213sqm, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room.
The basic amenities provided include a kindergarten, library, multi-purpose hall, shops, volleyball court, children’s playground and parking bays.
The RM28mil project, which was built on a 2.8 ha piece of prime land, began in June 2011 and received the Certificate of Practical Completion in December last year.
Another proud tenant of the PPR apartments was K. Mathiyalgi, 58, who said she was satisfied and happy with her new home.
“I am currently living in a rented wooden house in Kampung Pokok Assam. The place is small and with problems,” said the wheelchair-bound single mother.
“The apartment here is just perfect for me as the facilities in the unit are also disabled-friendly,” she said.
“I will be staying here with my daughter and we plan to move in next month,” she added.
Former odd job worker Teh Kim Yok was also happy to receive her keys to her apartment.
Teh, 58, who stays in Taman Simpang Aman, said she was surprised by the design of the apartments and its surrounding premises.
“Honestly, I did not expect such a beautiful place. It feels just like a condominium here,” she said, adding that a friend had assisted her in renting the apartment.
“I am really satisfied and excited to be able to move here in March,” she added.
Dr Zambry said the Federal Government has planned to develop two more PPR projects, on top of seven others which have been implemented in the state.
“The Government plans to build another project in Kamunting, with 300 units and another in Seri Iskandar with 120 units.
“The state has already identified several areas for these two projects and are still discussing its implementation with the Federal Government,” he said.
The seven projects implemented in the state include the one in Simpang Perdana, a 29-unit project in Kampar, 64 units in Sungkai, nine units in Batu Gajah, 112 units in Ipoh, 45 units in Tanjung Malim and 416 units in Buntong.
Dr Zambry said Simpang Perdana PPR apartments was only available to be rented out to the poor and the needy.
“We hope the tenants will not rent out the place to other people, including foreigners and then complain about the lack of houses.
“When the tenants are able to afford to move to a bigger home, they can return the keys to us,” he added.