Only 14,000 affordable housing units built so far

ONLY 14,000 of the planned 50,000 affordable housing units in Perak have been completed to date under a five-year project due to end in 2023.

State local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi said another 15,089 were under construction, while 22,085 were in the planning process by several government agencies.

She said for housing projects implemented by private developers from 2019 to July this year, a total of 1,663 units of low-cost houses, 412 (medium cost), 1,032 (affordable) and 1,476 under the open category had been built.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact but the state government will strive to ensure that all housing developments can be implemented as planned,” she said when replying to Datuk Aznel Ibrahim’s (Umno-Pengkalan Hulu) written question at the Perak State Assembly.

Nolee said the state government, through the Perak Housing and Property Board, would continue all projects at their sites as well as identify new ones.

“If there are any constituencies that apply to build affordable housing, the board will study their suitability in terms of growth, demand and available land.

“The state government has also given a reduction in land premium as well as exemption to developers who construct low and medium-cost houses in the state,” she added.

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