Keys to living a better life


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  • Saturday, 08 Oct 2016

(From right) Isai Mani, Sophia Tang, Sharipah Siti Sahara, Tan Jia Min and her husband holding mock keys to their low medium-cost apartment units in Laguna Indah, Bukit Mertajam, in Penang.

TECHNICIAN R. Isai Mani had been living the past 20 years with his parents in their low-cost terrace house in Seberang Jaya on the Penang mainland.

It was not only old but also small, and the place needed an upgrade after a long while.

The 31-year-old man is now beaming with joy after getting his own low medium-cost apartment unit at Laguna Indah in Bukit Mertajam, under the state government’s affordable housing scheme.

“Finally, we can move out and live in a bigger and more comfortable place.

“When I am working, my retired parents will help to look after the house.

“I may also start a family now,” said the bachelor.

Isai Mani was among 256 owners who received their keys during a handover ceremony recently.

Each of the 65sq m (700sq ft) unit comes with three bedrooms and a car park and is priced at RM72,000 per unit.

Among the facilities are twoelevators, children’s playground, 24-hour security and card access.

Present to hand over the keys was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who lauded the developer Island LandCap Properties Group for completing the first low medium- cost apartment in the central Seberang Prai district.

State Housing Committeechairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said from 2008 to 2016, a total of 9,052 units of affordable housing type A (low-cost) and 9,133 units of affordable housing type B (low medium-cost) had been delivered to home owners in the state.

“We have 14 projects in all five districts in the state within the next 10 years, featuring 26,255 units of various types of affordablehousing,” he said.

Also present were Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto, state exco members Phee Boon Poh, Lim Hock Seng and Dr Afif Bahardin,as well as Island LandCap executive director Datuk Oon Weng Boon.


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