Old ways may hold key to solving housing issues

KUALA TERENGGANU: Local technology and traditional know-how could be the answer to building affordable houses quickly, says newly-appointed Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah.

The Terengganu Pakatan Harapan chairman, who is also a Senator, said as an architect student, he studied traditional houses in Terengganu and Kelantan built using traditional ready-built methods.

“We can study these methods and probably apply it to solve the affordable housing problems.

“It will also open up job opportunities for traditional carpenters who excel in these methods,” he said when met at the Kuala Terengganu Bypass construction site.

Raja Kamarul was there to accompany Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir to check on the progress of the bypass, which was built to ease traffic flow in the city.

He said housing was one of the critical problems faced by Malay-sians especially in Terengganu and Kelantan as many houses were priced beyond the people’s means.

“This is a chance for us to come up with a special plan to solve the problem and this will require cooperation from both state and Federal governments,” said the state Parti Amanah Negara chief.

He said discussions would need to be held with the state government especially when it involved acquiring land on which to build the houses.

“We need to conduct detailed negotiations with each other in order to acquire land to build affordable houses and this comes under state government’s jurisdictions,” he said.

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