ISKANDAR PUTERI: Housing developers facing problems completing their projects on schedule should come forward to get help, says Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor.
The state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman added this comes as there were a total of 33 housing projects that have been deemed “sick” and another eight projects abandoned in Johor as of Jan 31 this year.
“These 'sick' and abandoned housing projects are under the jurisdiction of the federal government through the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
“However, the state government is willing to work with developers that have their housing projects categorised as 'sick' and abandoned to defend and help homebuyers,” he said during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar on Tuesday (March 21).
He was replying to Abdul Aziz Talib (PN-Maharani) who wanted to know about the current status of low-cost and medium-cost houses and abandoned shophouses at Taman Parit Unas Laut in Muar.
Mohd Jafni said developers that were facing problems were welcome to seek the state government assistance through the Plan, Design and Review Committee (PDRC).
"This committee involves me as chairman, the Land and Mines Office, local authorities as well as other agencies such as the Works Department, Syarikat Air Johor and others that are related.
"Developers need to have the initiative to come to the state government and inform us of the issues and problems they are facing, only after that, we can help,” he added.
He said until Feb 27, the committee has held nine meeting sessions that have bound developers to complete a total of 12,518 affordable housing units until 2026 involving 68 projects, 25 developers and 10 local authorities across the state.
Mohd Jafni added the state government was committed to solving the problem of 'sick' housing projects in Johor for the well-being of the people of this state.
"God willing, even if sick or abandoned projects, which does not fall under the jurisdiction of the state government, we are still committed to helping coordinate them until they are completed," he said.