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Card access to cut crime at low-cost flats

KUALA LUMPUR: To reduce crime and vandalism, lifts at low-cost flats may soon be equipped with access card readers.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said a pilot project to introduce this would be carried out at 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PPR) blocks in Lembah Subang 1, Petaling Jaya.

“We will start there and see if we can widen it to other PPR projects in the country in stages with our ministry allocation,” he said in an interview.

Noh said the pilot project would include installing CCTV cameras at the lift areas.

“If such cases still persist, we will have to find other ways to address the issue,” he added.

It was the Government’s aim to upgrade lifts at low-cost homes, Noh said.

He said this was evident in Budget 2017 which allotted RM300mil, under the 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund (TP1M), to repair the facility at various flats and PPR projects.

“This shows that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is very concerned about helping the urban poor.

“We have also received many applications from PPR residents seeking better facilities,” he said.

On another matter, Noh said the ministry was looking for land, to develop “transit homes” to be rented out to youths for up to five years at below market rates.

“The Prime Minister said the target was 10,000 units next year, with 4,000 being planned,” he said.

Noh said the ministry had plans for such housing in Bukit Jalil, with subsequent projects in Jinjang and Kepong.

“They will be studio apartments with one or two rooms,” he said.

For Budget 2017, Najib announced the plan to build transit homes for eligible youths who have permanent jobs, as well as for young graduates.

The units may be rented for a maximum of five years while they strengthen their financial position to buy their own home.