A total of 153,712 affordable housing units in Johor are yet to be built by property developers in the last 25 years.
Johor housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said the number was based on planning permission approval data for layout plans in all local authorities throughout Johor.
“This failure needs to be addressed immediately using more effective strategies and monitoring, as luxury housing projects have been completed.
“As such, the state government has asked Johor Housing Development Corporation (PKPJ) to form a planning, design and review committee (PDRC) to evaluate, monitor and facilitate the application of affordable housing development proposals,” he elaborated during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar, Johor.
He replying to Pandak Ahmad (BN-Kota Iskandar) on the state government’s initiative to solve the lack of affordable housing in Johor.
Mohd Jafni said the committee, which would comprise various departments and related agencies such as local authorities, Johor Land and Mines Director’s Office (PTG), PlanMalaysia@Johor and other utility agencies, would be the main platform for housing segment construction initiatives for the B40 and M40 groups.
“PKPJ will also be a ‘centralised database’ to ensure more efficient coordination for the development of affordable housing and transit housing by all state and federal agencies and private property developers,” he added.
Mohd Jafni also said the state government aimed to build 21,139 units of affordable housing in stages by 2026.
“The construction target for the end of this year and 2023 is 5,033 affordable houses.
“Johor has identified suitable government land for the construction of housing for the B40 and M40 groups, covering affordable housing and transit housing, to meet the needs of Johor people,” he said.