More than 200,000 affordable homes have been built, says Noh

More than 200,000 affordable homes have been built, says Noh

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 2): Construction of 255,341 units or 23% of the 1.1 million units of affordable houses targeted by the government has been completed from Jan 1, 2013 until Oct 15 this year, Bernama reported Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Tan Sri Noh Omar as saying in Parliament.

This was in reply to a question posed by Khalid Abdul Samad on the ministry’s proposed plan to build 1.1 million affordable homes by 2018.

Noh added that 717,512 or 64.6% of the houses were still under construction while 138,775 units or 12.4% have been committed.

"The initial target for affordable homes for a five-year period from 2013 to 2018 was one million units but due to an increase in the need for affordable homes, the number was increased to 1.1 million units," he explained.

Bernama also reported Noh as saying that the Selangor state government is causing difficulties for the federal government to carry out such projects by setting conditions similar to what private companies do.

"Such government projects are not to make any profits — in fact, we give an allocation of RM2.2 billion. The state governments must therefore give their cooperation and support instead of setting various conditions like the private sector," he said.

Source: The Edge

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