Public housing near city centre

Hasni (fourth from left) at Taman Perbadanan Islam Stulang after the open ballot process. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/ The Star

JOHOR BARU: State-linked investment company PIJ Holdings is planning to develop four affordable housing projects under Rumah Mampu Biaya Johor starting middle of 2021.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the projects, known as Taman Perbadanan Islam, were important to ensure that those in the low-income group would be able to buy their dream home at an affordable price.

“These projects are built on Malay Reserve Land located near the city centre so those in the low-income group will have easy access to the city and benefit from spillover effects of city development.

“The four new projects are located at Teluk Permata in Pasir Gudang, Pontian, Rengit in Batu Pahat and Bakar Batu in Johor Baru,” he said in his speech at the Rumah Mampu Biaya Johor C Taman Perbadanan Islam Stulang open ballot process here on Tuesday.

He added that each low-cost unit would be sold at about RM42,000 while affordable houses were priced at a maximum of RM150,000 each.

Hasni also said the projects were currently waiting for planning permission and would start once the project received the green light from the government.

“We will ensure that each and every Johorean will be able to buy their dream home and the state government will continue to build more affordable homes in the future,” he said, adding that Taman Perbadanan Islam would also give a chance for the Malay community to live in the city.

Aside from building affordable homes, Hasni said the government was also looking out for SMEs by providing them with facilities that could be rented out at an affordable rate in the same area.

“We are looking into building more SMEs through an incubator programme there so that budding entrepreneurs will have a place to conduct their business and grow.

“Once the current set of businesses have matured and stabilised, we will open the facilities to other businesses to give them a chance to grow,” he said.

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