Build affordable homes or lose land, Johor developers warned

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 22 Sep 2013

JOHOR BARU: The Johor state government will seize land belonging to property developers in a hardline policy to ensure more affordable homes are built for the people.

“The state government is going down hard on property developers in Johor who fail to build affordable homes by confiscating their land,” said state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi.

He said the right to take the land was provided for under the National Land Code 1965 while the state’s new Housing Enactment, to be enforced early next year, allows the state government to confiscate land.

“Once we get the land back, we will take over the affordable housing schemes to ensure Johoreans can afford to own houses,” he said at the opening of the Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development Plan (2006-2025) Open Day yesterday.

Abd Latif said the state government had several options to redevelop the confiscated land, including giving it to state-linked companies or carry out the projects on a joint-venture basis with new developers.

Under the state housing quota, 40% of units are to be for low-cost, medium-cost and affordable houses priced below RM150,000 per unit.

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