Plan for more affordable homes in Pasir Gudang


Mohd Jafni (centre) and Asman Shah (on his right) at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new MBPG headquarters at Jalan Kong Kong.

THE Johor State Housing Develop-ment Corporation (PKPJ) is planning to offer more affordable units for the M40 group priced below RM350,000.

State housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said that one of the ongoing projects is at Bandar Layangkasa, Jalan Kong Kong in Pasir Gudang.

"We already have housing plans for the B40 group with units priced below RM150,000. “Now we are focusing on providing houses for the M40 group priced between RM150,000 and RM350,000.

“This is also in line with local developers’ plan to provide more affordable housing,” he told reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) headquarters on Jalan Kong Kong.

Mohd Jafni added that about 600 affordable housing units for the M40 group were currently being developed at Bandar Layangkasa by the Parkland Group. MBPG mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said the new headquarters was being built under the first phase of the Pasir Gudang Local Plan 2030 (RTPG 2030).

“We will also be conducting a rezoning project at the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Area to ensure environmental pollution does not recur at Sungai Kim Kim.

“The project will be conducted together with Johor Corporation,” he said, adding that both projects will be completed within the next five years. The rezoning would ensure industrial and housing areas are separated, said Asman Shah.

The MBPG headquarters will cost RM338mil and is expected to be completed by 2025.

The 15-story building will have an office block, multipurpose hall and underground carpark. In March 2019, toxic pollution in Sungai Kim Kim resulted in over 4,000 people falling ill and led to the temporary closure of 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang district.

The district was hit with another pollution incident three months later, which also caused dozens to fall sick and saw the temporary closure of 111 schools again.

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