KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is seeking financial assistance from the Federal Government to overcome the states critical need for low-cost housing to overcome its long-standing squatter problem.
Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the state was in discussion with the Federal Housing and Local Government Ministry to get direct funding.
We want to do it as fast as possible to overcome squatter problems by having more low cost houses available, Musa told reporters after chairing the state development committee meeting here yesterday.
He said the state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor had met with his federal counterpart Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting recently to discuss the matter.
Musa said the National Housing Department had completed 7,400 units in the state while the state-owned Sabah Housing and Town Development Board expects to complete some 3,800 units by the end of the Eight Malaysia Plan next year.
Musa also commended efforts by Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysias micro credit scheme for the hardcore poor in Sabah.