PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Family Housing Initiative, or Rumah Ikram for those who have been affected by the pandemic, has been launched by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Prime Minister announced participants will be exempted from rent for six months and the waiver will start from the date they receive the keys to the flats.
He noted the rental exemption will be borne by the government and involved an allocation of RM3mil.
“The Rumah Ikram is an initiative by the government to provide a cushion for those who are in need,” he said at the launching ceremony on Friday (Sept 24).
The Prime Minister also announced that the allocation for Rumah Ikram nationwide has been increased from 1,000 to 2,000 units to allow more people to benefit.
“Another good news that I would like to announce is that the existing residents of PPR flats under the Housing and Local Government Ministry will not have to pay rent until the end of 2022,” he said.
This, he added, will benefit 10,000 heads of household, or 50,000 residents of PPR.
“This is part of our initiative, our efforts to help our Malaysian Family who are in need,” said Ismail Sabri.
The Prime Minister said the country’s housing agenda will remain an important focus of the government, especially in providing affordable housing to the people.
He said affordable housing projects such as PPR, PR1MA and Perumahan Penjawat Awam Malaysia (PPAM) will continue and be improved so that each and every Malaysian will have shelter.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the Rumah Ikram initiative has received encouraging response.
He said as custodian of the country’s housing affairs, the ministry would ensure that housing matters would be given priority, particularly in the annual budget and Malaysia plans.
“Housing is the core issue of the people and touches the lives of each and every Malaysian,” he said.
Reezal said under the 12th Malaysia Plan, about 80,000 housing units are being planned, which will benefit some 400,000 families.