Home sweet home for elderly couple

Siti Assiah (in orange) receiving her offer letter of a PPR house from Zuraida during the launching and handing over ceremony at the housing project in Permatang Tok Suboh, Bukit Mertajam.

IT WAS a dream come true for a senior citizen couple who finally got to own a house after having stayed in rented premises for more than 20 years.

Siti Assiah Hashim, 60, and her husband Saad Yahya, 61, were close to tears when they received the keys to a housing unit at the Tok Suboh People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Bukit Minyak on the Penang mainland.

“My husband and I have been looking to buy a house at a reasonable price but have been unsuccessful all this while.

“So, when our application for the Federal Government’s rent-to-own housing scheme was approved, we were thrilled, as our prayers were answered, ” she said after receiving the offer letter from Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin at the housing project on Wednesday.

Siti Assiah, a housewife, said they had been renting a low-cost unit at the Desa Wawasan PPR in Bukit Mertajam for over 20 years.

The couple was among 80 applicants, who were successful in getting units at the housing scheme, which has 231 units of single-storey terrace houses.

Twenty of them received the offer letters from Zuraida at the ceremony.

Eligible and qualified owners will have to pay RM205 a month for 20 years before they can call the house their own.

The Tok Suboh PPR scheme is built on an 18-acre piece of land owned by the Federal Government.

Costing about RM200,000, the units each have a built-up of 700sq ft.

Among the facilities available at the housing scheme are a multi-purpose hall, surau, four hawker lots, three multi-purpose courts and playground.

Zuraida said the government would continue providing affordable homes as part of its people-centric initiative and house-ownership democracy where no one would be sidelined.

Also present at the handing over ceremony was state housing and local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

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