Long waiting list for houses

ISKANDAR PUTERI: A total of 87,761 applicants are still on the waiting list to own a house under Johor’s Rumah Mampu Biaya (RMB) scheme.

State Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad said to increase house ownership for lower and middle income earners, the government has taken four important steps, namely ensuring sufficient RMB units, transparent distribution, easier financing and reducing the cost of RMB funding.

“This matter will be strengthened after we review the Rakyat Johor Housing Policy (DPRJ) which will be known as DPRJ 2.0

“A total of 134,195 RMB units should have been built but some of the developers did not do their part and instead gave excuses,” he said at the state assembly sitting yesterday.

Dzulkefly hoped the matter would be resolved after enforcing the DPRJ 2.0 early next year.

He said this in his reply to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (PH-Gambir) who wanted to know about the steps taken by the state government to increase house ownership among lower and middle income earners.

Dzulkefly also said the state government has allocated RM87mil to acquire land under the Land Acquisition Act 1960, and was working closely with the Federal Government.

“We will privatise the projects to ensure enough RMB units to meet demand.”

He said there was no more special housing quota.

“We introduced a more transparent policy on Aug 1 known as Sistem Perumahan 2 Mampu Milik Johor (SP2MJ).

“There were applicants who received the RMB offer but were not successful in acquiring a housing loan from the bank.

“We have created a funding scheme with Ambank Islamic Bhd to overcome this problem.

“The government has also made it compulsory to use the industry building system on privatised projects worth RM50mil and above as it will save time and cost,” he said.