9,800 low-rent homes ready for occupancy by 2006

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  • Sunday, 13 Mar 2005

KOTA KINABALU: With more than 9,800 units of low-rent homes due to be completed in Sabah by next year, the Federal Government is ready to help meet the state's housing needs. 

“We will see how we can help,” said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk SeriOng Ka Ting, who discussed the matter with Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman and state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor here yesterday. 

Ong said the National Housing Department had spent more than RM584mil to build 9,806 low-rent housing units in Sandakan, Tawau and here under the Mesra Rak- 

yat (People-friendly) housing scheme. 

Under the scheme, eligible families need to pay a deposit and a month’s rental of less than RM150 before moving into their three-bedroom flats, each with a floor space of about 59sq metres. 

“This type of housing is suitable for low-income families who would, otherwise, find it hard to come up with the money to buy their own house,” Ong told reporters after visiting one of the projects at Kampung Warisan near here. 

He said he was satisfied with the pace of construction of the houses, of which 972 units were completed last year while another 3,576 units were due to be completed this year. 

The rest are expected to be completed next year, he said, adding that some of the low-rent units, which have wheelchair ramps, were built for the physically disabled. 

Ong said the houses would be turned over to the state government once they are completed and the municipal councils would shortlist the families eligible for the homes. 

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