Questions on unsold properties at sitting

The state assembly sitting was at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Iskandar Puteri.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government has identified more than 5,000 unsold properties in Johor.

State housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil said the properties involved were high-end condominiums and low-cost double-storey houses.

“It is estimated that there are currently 5,648 overhang properties throughout Johor, with 4,765 of them in Johor Baru.

“The rest of the properties are in Batu Pahat (290), Kluang (270), Kulai (147), Pontian (86) and Mersing (28), ” he said during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar here.

The Rengit assemblyman said this in his reply to Dzulkefly Ahmad (Pakatan-Kota Iskandar) who wanted to know the number of unsold properties in the state.

Ayub said the government was in the midst of making a decision on rent-to-own scheme that would make the process to buy a property in Johor much easier.

He highlighted that the scheme involved properties here with a selling price of between RM300,000 and RM1.25mil.

“The government wants this effort as it will help people buy properties here because the main problem for many is to obtain a bank loan.

“But this scheme is very much different than other initiatives, as buyers will need to prepare only RM3,000 compared to at least RM30,000 previously, ” he added.

Ayub stressed that this would help future housebuyers as they would not be burdened by a huge commitment when buying their dream house.

On the Malaysian Games (Sukma), Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said Johor would need an additional budget of RM21.6mil to organise it in the state next year.

He said the allocation was needed due to Sukma being postponed from its original date in July this year to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He clarified that the money was required for additional equipment at each sports venue, accommodation and Sukma operations centre for monitoring compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) set by Health Ministry to prevent Covid-19 infections.

Onn Hafiz also said that part of the allocations would be used for promotional activities carried out by Johor Sukma secretariat.

He said this in his reply to Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar (Pakatan-Semerah) during the state assembly sitting.

Mohd Khuzzan had asked about the allocations used for Sukma Johor since March 2020 and whether additional allocations were required since the games had to be postponed to next year.

Onn Hafiz, who is the Layang-Layang assemblyman, said the government had so far spent RM37.9m to organise Sukma.

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