Target to build homes by year-end


Hasni (right) officiating at an open balloting ceremony for affordable houses. Looking on is Johor housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil (left).

JOHOR BARU: The state government hopes to complete building more than 5,000 affordable homes by the end of the year.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state was looking into completing 5,157 affordable homes for those from the B40 and M40 groups.

“The units priced between RM42,000 and RM150,000 are for the B40 group and those priced between RM250,000 and RM300,000 are for the M40 group.

“There are low-cost shophouses priced at RM200,000 as well.

“We are confident we will achieve our target by the end of this year, ” he said after officiating at an open balloting ceremony for affordable houses at Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) Johor auditorium here.

Hasni said some 6,496 applications were received for the 336 units of affordable homes in Taman Pulai Mutiara.

“Work to build the houses located between Pulai and Gelang Patah began in 2016

“The houses are near the Second Link and the North-South Expressway as well as several schools, a shopping mall, a resort and a hospital, ” he said.

On the reopening of the Malaysia and Singapore border on Aug 10, Hasni hoped this would include allowing those who commute to the island republic on a daily basis to work as soon as possible.

“We will continue to put forward our requests to the Federal Government to consider extending the reopening of the Johor Causeway and Second Link to this third category of travellers as soon as possible.

“The reopening of the border is important to the state, to help our economy affected by Covid-19 pandemic recover, ” he explained.

Hasni said the reopening would not be affected by the new Covid-19 cluster detected at an old folks home in Kluang on Monday.

“We have taken the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the infection, including placing those affected under quarantine.

“We are monitoring the situation in Johor closely, ” he said.

The border has been closed since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed in Malaysia on March 18 and the Circuit Breaker (CB) in the island republic on April 7.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had announced that only 2,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans would be allowed to cross daily under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) category and only 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans weekly under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) category.

He said the full reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore border hinged on the successful implementation of the RGL and PCA.

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