JOHOR BARU: Johoreans who have yet to own a house are hopeful their application for the Rumah Impian Bangsa Johor (RIBJ) housing scheme will be successful.
Initiated by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar under the Sultan Ibrahim Foundation, the scheme has given hope to the people in the state who could not afford the high price of housing.
It is believed some 330,000 applications have been received online since its pre-launch on March 22. A committee appointed by Sultan Ibrahim will make the selection.
The applicants said they look forward to hearing about the status of their application.
Construction site supervisor Jarrald Leroy, 26, has been constantly checking his e-mail, hoping to get a favourable reply.
He said even if he was rejected, he looked forward to being informed “so that we are not kept waiting and wondering”.
Mohamad Zharif Mohd Shah, 36, who drove some 90km from Simpang Renggam to Johor Baru with his wife for the pre-launch, hopes to get a house of his own for his family.
“This is the first housing scheme that I have applied for and I will leave the rest to fate,” he said.
He said that from the massive turnout during the pre-launch by Sultan Ibrahim and the online hype, there was a lot of excitement and interest in the project, especially with the prices of property so high.
Mohamad Zharif and his wife took leave from work to travel to Johor Baru that day and ran into various obstacles, including being stuck in the heavy traffic and having to pull to the side when their car overheated.
“It was a stressful and unforgettable day for us because in the end, we made it to the venue around 6pm and the person in charge at the counter told us applications could be made online.
“She also told us that it would be about six to eight months before we would hear from them as the process is quite stringent,” he told The Star yesterday.
Salesman Aaron Ng, 34, who walked about two kilometres from his car to Galleria@Kotaraya to get more information about the housing scheme during the pre-launch, said although hopeful, he did not have high hopes of getting approved.
“After seeing the massive crowd at the shopping mall that day, I felt my chances getting slimmer and slimmer. But at least I tried my best,” he said.
The pilot project will be undertaken by Johor Land Bhd, a subsidiary of state investment arm Johor Corporation (JCorp).
The housing scheme will see the construction of 1,840 houses in Bandar Dato Onn, Bandar Baru Majidee and Malay reserve land in Bukit Saujana.
It gained a lot of attention after the public learnt that Bank Rakyat, which is collaborating with the foundation to provide housing loans to eligible Johoreans, will allocate RM500mil for the scheme and qualified buyers only need to pay a deposit of RM1 to secure a loan of up to 100%.
Johoreans can submit their applications online via www.yayasansultanibrahim.org.my