Johor to introduce quotas for youths and the disabled for its affordable homes scheme

Mohamed Khaled (in backhoe) at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sri Plentong affordable housing project.

JOHOR BARU: Johor will be allocating quotas for youths and the disabled in its distribution of affordable homes next year to ensure more even house ownership.

Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said all this while the state has been distributing the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme (RMMJ) according to racial quotas and would introduce the new initiative in its upcoming Budget 2017 announcement.

He said the new initiative would see an allocation of 10% of the RMMJ houses for youths and 10% for people with disabilities besides the racial quota.

“Through this new method, youths who just got married or are planning to get married are able to buy an affordable home.

“We hope that there will not be any problems arising after this where young people or the disabled complain of not being able to enjoy owning an affordable housing unit," he said before launching the Sri Plentong RMMJ project in Plentong here on Friday.

Mohamed Khaled added that the initiative was among the new steps taken by the state government to ensure that everybody benefits from the state's policies.

He said more announcements would be made in detail in the upcoming Budget 2017 presentation on Nov 17.

He added that the state has so far provided some 60,000 RMMJ houses where 7,000 houses would be completed next year.

“If we are given the chance again to administrate the state in the next general election, we are planning to introduce 50,000 more units of affordable homes in future,” he said. The Sri Plentong project, developed by Mayland Project Sdn Bhd, consists of 66 units of RMMJ houses at 750 sq ft priced at RM50,000 each.

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