SOME 70 units at the Mak Mandin People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Penang are expected to be taken up soon, bringing relief to those who were offered the flats under a rent-to-own scheme.
Penang housing, local government, and town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the 700sq ft three-room units were housed in a single block.
“We started issuing offer letters at the end of 2020 and now, 20 more prospective occupants have received theirs.
“So far, a total of 34 units have been offered.
“The unit owners have to pay RM310 monthly for 19 years and five months plus a RM1,120 deposit, ” he said during a ceremony to hand over the offer letters recently.
The Mak Mandin PPR has facilities such as a public hall, surau, playground, and a ground-floor unit dedicated to persons with disabilities.
“The 70 units at Mak Mandin PPR have raised the total number of PPR units in Penang to 999 but this number is still very small and insignificant, being only 0.0087 per cent of the 114,652 PPR units in the country, ” he added.
He hoped that the Federal Government would extend more housing allocations to Penang, especially for maintenance.
Unit owner Che Hayati Md Zain, 57, said she was grateful to be given a chance to own a home as she had been renting for the past 15 years.
“I’m really thankful. As a single mother, it has been my dream to own a home, ” said Che Hayati, who has a child and works as a cleaning lady in Kepala Batas. — Bernama