SIBU: Housing and Local Government Ministry says it will take immediate action against developers of People’s Housing Project (PPR) over unsatisfactory performance.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the ministry would need to be more strict to prevent more of such projects from either being delayed or developers not complying with specifications.
“According to the audit report presented in Parliament, there were several PPR from the 2013 launch which were not completed by developers according to schedule, ” she said at a ground-breaking ceremony for Seduan PPR in Sibujaya.
“The projects also did not follow specifications, resulting in defects.
“So, from now on, we are going to be very strict with the developers.”
She said the moment the developers failed to complete the project on time, immediate action would be taken.
“If the defects are minor, it is understandable but if they are serious, it will be a huge loss to the government.
“If we don’t take prompt action, the project will be left unattended and subject to vandalism, ” she pointed out.
She said a special committee had been formed by the ministry’s deputy secretary general to monitor projects nationwide.
The committee will conduct meetings twice a month and report to the ministry on the progress of the projects.
Zuraida also wanted an association committee to be set up where its job would be to ensure proper management of the site once the properties were handed over to owners.
“The committee will ensure better security and cleanliness, promote urban farming and organise fire prevention courses.
“This is also to make sure the project remains sustainable, ” she said.
On PPR Seduan, she said it was the first project she launched during this Covid-19 pandemic.
“I hope this project will become the model for other PPRs in the country with good management, ” she added.
The project, which consists of 461 units of single-storey terrace houses, started on Oct 23,2019 and was now 7% completed.
Spread over 18.2ha, it is scheduled for completion in 40 months’ time.
The price of the units has not been determined yet.
“Normally, PPR projects are priced between RM30,000 and RM42,000 per unit.
“The government, however, is subsiding RM190,000 per unit, ” she said.
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