Forest City project developer to build affordable houses, says Johor govt

JOHOR BARU: The developer of the multi-billion ringgit Forest City project will assist the state government in providing affordable houses in Johor.

State Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad said the Johor government had discussed with the developer Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGPV) on the matter.

He said the company is committed to build the affordable houses within the next three years.

"More discussions will be followed between the state government and the company on the matter," said Dzulkefly.

He said this to reporters after opening the "Property Market in Johor - Opportunities and Challenges" seminar here on Monday (Oct 22) organised by the Malaysian Public Sector Valuation Department.

Dzulkefly said the state government preferred the affordable houses to be built on one of the four man-made islands within the Forest City project in Gelang Patah.

"The developers also need to look at the pricing of the affordable houses if it decided to build them on the man-made islands as the reclamation cost is not cheap," he said.

Separately, Dzulkefly said the state government would introduce new type of affordable houses by the end of the year for the middle-income group (M40).

He said the RM250,000 house caters to the M40 group with a household monthly income between RM8,000 and RM12,000.

He said the M40 group was not eligible to buy low-cost houses in Johor priced at RM42,000 and RM80,000, and the Rumah Mampu Milik Johor at RM150,000.

The low-cost houses are catered for those with monthly household income below RM8,000.