LOCAL Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor told Sukau Assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman that allocations to build the Sukau new township will only be available next year. Saddi said he felt disappointed because after all the fanfare at the groundbreaking ceremony, the project would only be started next year.
On a proposal for private housing developers to set aside 30 per cent affordable houses in their project, he said the Ministry has studied it and is in the midst of preparing a paper. He said they also take into consideration views from the State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) and Sabah Housing and Real Estate Development Association (Shareda).
"If this is approved by the Government, this policy will provide opportunities to the low and average-income group to own houses in areas developed by private housing developers in urban areas," he said. The price of the house could be RM250,000 and below but this would be up to the State Government, he said.
Daily Express Online 28 Mac 2012