Johor asks Bank Negara to study housing needs


A file picture shows a housing project in Nusajaya, Iskandar. Abdul Latif hopes Bank Negara will remove restrictions on lending to the people.

A file picture shows a housing project in Nusajaya, Iskandar. Abdul Latif hopes Bank Negara will remove restrictions on lending to the people.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor state government has requested Bank Negara to review housing loan policies to enable buyers own homes worth more than RM140,000 in Iskandar Malaysia.

State housing and local government executive committee chairman, Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi, said such move was needed to help developers overcome the difficulty in selling their housing projects and excess houses.

“The problem is that banks don’t give out loans.

“Even though the buyers command salary of RM10,000 a month, the banks will not release loans so long as they see the buyers having other debt-paying commitments.

“Hence, Bank Negara has to study the housing needs,” he said after opening the 17th AGM of the Bumiputra Contractors (cleaning services and solid waste disposal) Association of Johor here yesterday.

He was responding to a survey conducted by Malayan Banking Bhd on excess of luxury homes in Iskandar Malaysia recently.

Abdul Latif pointed out that with studies, he hoped Bank Negara would remove restrictions on lending to Johorians and Malaysians in general.

“We also recommend housing developers build more affordable housing as this will also resolve the problem of excess houses,” he said. – Bernama

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