JOHOR BARU: The state government will build affordable houses under the Rumah Mampu Biaya Johor (RMBJ) housing scheme based on four factors, said Johor Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said the factors are monthly household income, urbanisation, waiting list for RMBJ and districts involved.
He said these factors would give the state government useful input to better plan the development of affordable houses and the number to be built based on demand from first-time eligible housebuyers.
“This is probably the best method to deliver about 100,000 units of affordable houses under RMBJ by 2023,’’ Dzukefly said during the launch of Johor Housing and Property Carnival 2018 at Angsana Mall Johor Baru.
He said previously, development of the houses did not take into account applications in districts, adding that the state government decided to implement the projects according to zones.
Dzulkefly said the three zones are Zone A comprising Johor Baru and Kulai districts, Zone B (Batu Pahat, Muar, Segamat and Kluang) while Zone C comprises Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Tangkak.
“Johor Baru and Kulai have the highest waiting list for RMBJ and we will give priority to build more in these two districts,’’ he said.
Dzulkefly said there were no changes to the ceiling price of affordable houses under RMBJ, with the price remaining at RM42,000, RM80,000 and RM150,000 each for the B40 (low-income) group.
He said the introduction of the new category of houses under the RMBJ housing scheme, priced between RM250,000 and RM300,000, was to cater to the M40 (middle income) group with a monthly household income of between RM8,000 and RM10,000.
“We are now finalising the number of units of RMBJ houses for the M40 group and the houses will be built in Johor Baru and Kulai as demand is high in these two districts,’’ said Dzulkefly.
On another matter, he said the state budget for next year will be tabled on Nov 29 at the State Legislative sitting in Kota Iskandar.
He said it would focus on boosting home ownership for Bangsa Johor.
Dzulkefly said the state government was committed to delivering the 100,000 units of RMBJ houses by 2023, despite sceptism by some quarters.