JOHOR BARU: Johor government will look at strengthening the affordable housing scheme where some 60,000 homes would be built by 2020.
“Johor is able to build many of such (affordable) homes compared to other states due to the cooperation between the government and developers in which the houses are subsidised.
“This is why the state government aims to build an additional 40,000 units by 2023 to make the total of 100,000 affordable homes within the next six years,” Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin (pix) said after presenting keys to affordable home recipients in Taman Sierra Perdana here on Sunday.
He added that the state government would improved the application process to ensure that the rakyat truly benefit from such housing policy.
“We notice that some of the applicants have waited a long time, longer than others, and this should not happen at all.
“The state government will give priority to those in the waiting list to get the affordable homes because houses are a basic need of the rakyat,” he added.
Khaled also said the state government would act against owners who abused the scheme by renting out their houses.
He pointed out that such actions have angered many applicants still waiting to get their dream houses to start their lives.
“We found out, through various websites, that these irresponsible owners have place advertisements to rent out their houses.
“Affordable houses should not be sold where if the owners sell it, they will be following the market price and, thus, double their profit,” he said.
He said the state government was looking at the possibility of seizing such homes from the “qualified” owners.
“This scheme is supposed to help the rakyat but some have abused it, which shows they are not qualified to get the homes in the first place,” he said.