SIXTY Indian families living in Kampung Hassan near Ulu Bernam, Selangor, received keys to their houses under the Pusat Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) scheme, reported Malaysia Nanban.
Residents in the area had long suffered from frequent flooding and other problems caused by ageing houses and poor infrastructure.
In 2011, the Government announced that the Taman Danau PPR housing scheme would be built opposite Kampung Hassan and allocated half of the 300 units for residents there.
On Tuesday, qualified residents registered for the three-bedroom houses which cost RM30,000 each and paid RM4,495 as confirmation fees.
Residents of the new houses said it was impossible for them to buy and own homes built by private developers as the prices had skyrocketed.
> The daily also reported that a husband and wife died in a fire caused by an exploding handphone in their bedroom in Tamil Nadu, India.
The husband, who was a real estate agent, reportedly set an alarm for 5am and left it plugged in to the charger.
On Monday, the phone exploded unexpectedly after the alarm rang a few times.
The fire quickly spread to the mattress and bed, trapping the couple and their son.
Firemen who rushed to the scene managed to rescue the victims and sent them to the hospital.
But the husband and wife died from their burns the following morning while their son is in serious condition.
Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.
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