More homes for civil servants


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 30 Nov 2019

The Seruling project comprises three-blocks with 1,062 units. --- Photos: LOW LAY PHON/The Star

MORE government servants in Putrajaya will be moving into their own homes, following the completion of Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd’s (PjH) second Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Programme (PPAM) Seruling.

Located in Precinct 5, PPAM Seruling comprises three-blocks with 1,062 units in total, which comes in three sizes --- 1,000sq ft, 1,200sq ft and 1,500sq ft; and 1,275 parking lots.

PjH’s first such project was PPAM Palma in Precinct 11 comprising 263 units, completed in 2017.

PjH development senior general manager Hassan Ramadi said 90% of buyers who had collected their keys for PPAM Seruling, rated their units as “good” and “excellent.”

“The project was completed on April 30, which was 11 months ahead of schedule. Vacant possession in the first batch of 692 units were delivered on Oct 9.

“To-date, 95 owners have collected their keys and are happy with their purchases.

“The second batch of vacant possession will be delivered soon, ” he said at the key handover ceremony.

Hassan said this housing development was among PjH’s many initiatives under their corporate social responsibility, which was to provide affordable housing to civil servants.

“PjH is living up to its corporate brand promise which is ‘Oxygenation: Breathing Life into the Nation’.

“The five elements to it are breathing life into ideas, living, vibrancy, community and the environment.

“We wanted to offer comfortable living in the aspects of size, design, quality, location and price.

“I hope this project enable those in the middle-income bracket to own quality homes at affordable prices that are lower than the market rate.

“Among the facilities available are two multi-level carparks,

shoplots, kindergarten, nursery, surau and a multipurpose hall.

For sporting activities, there are futsal, sepak takraw and badminton courts as well as a children’s playground, ” he added.

There is no swimming pool in the development but that will not be a problem, because there are two watersport facilities less than 3km away --- Marina Putrajaya and Putrajaya Water Sports Complex.

At Marina Putrajaya, the most popular facility is the indoor swimming pool. Families crowd the pool area especially on weekends and school holidays.

Besides that, there are other sporting facilities here such as gym, aerobics area, squash courts as well as snooker and pool tables. Visitors can also indulge in steam bath and sauna. The karaoke joint is currently being upgraded.

Over at the sports complex, there is an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool that is also popular among families.

Next to it is Putrajaya RC Park, which will soon provide radio controlled cars for rent, so everyone can enjoy the sport.

All these activities can be enjoyed for a small fee.

Both these places of interest also have tenants offering a variety of watersports activities such as kayaking and dragon boat, in addition to more specialised water sports like waterski, wakeboarding, flyboards and sailing.

Retiree Rosmah Latiff, 64, was full of smiles after receiving her keys.

“It has always been my dream to have a house in my name and I finally did it. No words can describe my happiness.

“My unit is a special one built for the disabled. I managed to get it as I have an autistic son who is wheelchair-bound. He is 34 years old, quite independent and loves the outdoors.

“My unit is on the ground floor, has handles in the toilet and low switches, which is perfect for him.

“I am very happy that the unit was also sold to me at a special rate.

“I worked as a receptionist

and my salary was mostly spent on household needs and expenses for my autistic son. I could not afford any house in Putrajaya until this project came along, ” she added.

Another proud owner is administrative assistance Azizah Hashim, 35 who cannot wait to move in.

Azizah said her family of six live in a rented house in Bandar Baru Bangi because of the cheaper rental rate, although she and her husband worked in Putrajaya.

“Even my son who is in Year Two is studying in a school in Putrajaya. We decided to enrol him in a school near our workplace so that it is easier on us.

“The three of us have to leave home by 6.30am to travel 25km to Putrajaya. I pity my son who has to wake up at 5.30am to get ready for school.

“But that will not be the case from next year onwards.

“My husband and I also travel separately because of work commitments. But this will all change after we move into our new house.

“From one hour of daily commute, it will be reduced to just minutes. Less time on the road means more time for the family, ” Azizah added.

Also from Bandar Baru Bangi, credit officer Mohd Salimi Mustafa, 27 is looking forward to greater saving in fuel costs.

He said the daily drive to work was what made him buy a house closer to his workplace.

“I take between 45 minutes to one hour 30 minutes to reach my workplace. Every day I am constantly checking my traffic app for the estimated travel time to ensure that I will not be late for work. The traffic stresses me a lot.

“I am glad that I will be moving closer to my workplace, ” said the bachelor.

Hassan said PjH had launched a mobile application called i-PjH to improve their services.

“We have started using i-PjH to facilitate the handing over of keys and defects liability period.

“Homeowners can also lodge complaints and provide feedback about their units through this application, and our customer relationship management team will look into the matter.

“We welcome all feedback to improve our level of service, ” he said.

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