KOTA KINABALU: Some 1,308 People's Housing Project (PPR) units are now open for application in three different districts in Sabah, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong (pic).
He said the three completed projects are in Merotai of Tawau (470 units), Kota Marudu (420 units), and Gayang in Tuaran (418 units).
"We expect up to 7,000 applications, which we will filter based on qualifications.
"Some have already applied, so we expect those whose application has been approved to start moving in as early as in a month's time," he told reporters after the handing over ceremony of the three projects from the National Housing Department on Wednesday (July 17).
Jaujan, who is also state Local Government and Housing Minister, said Sabah was among the states to receive the highest allocation for PPR projects.
There are a total of 37 completed or ongoing projects involving 25,449 units from 2001 to present, he added.
"Out of that, 30 projects have been completed while seven are still under construction.
"There are also three PPRs being planned," he added.
On another question, he said at present the PPR concept is still on a rental basis but he reiterated that the Sabah government is currently pushing for the "rent-to-own" option to the Federal Government.
"I am optimistic the Federal Government will listen to the people's needs," he added.
On another development, Jaujan said his ministry was not aware of the handing out of fake health cards to food handlers in Ranau.
"The police have yet to bring the matter to our attention, or seek our (assistance).
"But now that we know, we will take this latest information into account," he said without elaborating on whether the ministry will consider checking or reviewing the health cards of restaurants in Sabah.
On Monday (July 15), police arrested a Health Department official in Ranau district for allegedly illegally processing and handing out health cards to food handlers in the area.