On track to meet demand

Ayub (centre) and Scientex Quatari Sdn Bhd property chief operating officer Datuk Alex Khaw (left) at an open ballot programme at RTM Johor. Looking on is Johor housing unit officer Mohd Farid Hassan.

JOHOR BARU: Johor government is confident of achieving its target of completing more than 9,000 units of Johor Affordable Housing Scheme (RMBJ).

State housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the nation, the state government would strive to help the people get their own homes.“We will still conduct open ballots for the units but this will be done online to comply with rules and regulations set by the authorities during the present conditional movement control order (MCO).

“The state government is confident of completing 4,500 units by the end of this year and another 5,000 units next year under the RMBJ programme, ” he said after attending a virtual open ballot programme at RTM Johor here for the Taman Scientex Pulai Mutiara public housing scheme.

He stressed that despite the difficult economic situation due to the pandemic, the government had no plans to stop RMBJ.

Ayub highlighted that close cooperation between the government, private developers and government-linked companies helped the state achieve its target.

He cited property developer Scientex Quatari Sdn Bhd, that has been involved in the sector since 1995, as one example.

He said the developer was committed to building RMBJ units and help Johor realise the “one family, one home” vision in the state.

Ayub said the high-rise Taman Scientex Pulai Mutiara apartments consisted of 614 units priced at RM80,000 per unit.

“Each unit has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a dining area and a kitchen area.

“The high-rise comes with lifts, ample parking space as well as a recreational park, ” he added.

Ayub said for this project, the government received 4,243 applications and that 315 had been approved.

“The other applicants failed to meet the necessary requirements for the RMBJ scheme, ” he explained.

He said there were 12,000 unsold properties in Johor, with the majority comprising service apartments.

“Of this figure, about 5,000 units are landed properties priced between RM700,000 and RM1mil.

“There are many contributing factors that caused the overhang in Johor.

“One is that some of the projects did not meet market demands while some are abandoned projects, ” he said.

Ayub added that there was still good demand for landed properties in the state priced RM500,000 and below.

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