On track to deliver more affordable homes this year

Mohd Jafni (centre) with Johor State Housing Development Corporation general manager Datin Paduka Suhailizan Suliman (left) during the PDRC meeting in Kota Iskandar.

THE plan, design and review committee (PDRC) managed to build 3,058 Johor Affordable Housing (RMMJ) units last year.

State housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said this was more than the initial target of 2,459 RMMJ units.

He added that the committee was also expecting to achieve its target of 2,574 RMMJ units this year.

“PDRC was formed to ensure that the target to build 21,139 RMMJ units within five years is achievable.

“Since it was formed in June last year, PDRC has convened 11 times, with the longest meeting taking six hours,” he said.

The Bukit Permai assemblyman added that the committee was urged to come up with “out-of-the-box” solutions for every issue, including cutting red tape.

“As of today, PDRC has met with 52 developers to build affordable homes in nine districts,” he said.

“This initiative involves 13 local councils.

“So far, housing developers have given their commitment to build 13,666 units priced below RM150,000.”

Mohd Jafni added that of this year’s target, 33% had been reached.

“The state government will continue to ensure that the people of Johor will be able to own a house at an affordable price.”

Besides developers and the state government, PDRC also consists of the Land and Mines Office, PLANMalaysia and the Public Works Department.

On a separate matter, Mohd Jafni said the state government was in the final phase of selecting recipients of the Rumah Kasih Johor initiative that was announced in this year’s Budget.

“Under the programme, any poor family that has land of their own will be aided by the government to build a house.

“We have identified recipients living in 10 districts in the state and will start the ground work soon,” he said.

The project is managed by Johor State Housing Development Corporation, district office and Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd.

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