PENAMPANG 16th July, 2012: Those without their own home can look forward to living in one by applying for the People’s Friendly Housing (RMR) after the government recently relaxed some of the conditions.
One significant improvement is those with a household income of up to RM3,000 a month, can now apply. Previously, those who qualified were income earners of RM1,500 and below.
Public Housing Department Head of the Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB), Datuk Ahmad Azizi Ali said it was therefore the right time for people in Sabah to apply for housing under the RMR.
He was speaking at a briefing on RMR 1Malaysia and RMR 1Malaysia Online at the Dewan Tun Fuad, here, recently.
The briefing was held following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 10,000 units of RMR housing throughout the country.
Ahmad Azizi said no interest is charged on the houses and the government subsidises each unit which cost between RM65,000 and RM75,000.
For a period of 25 years, the owner is required to only pay RM150 a month.
However, the house must be built on the applicant’s land or on a site that the landowner has agreed.
Further, as of last April, the government bears all the cost of the MRTA insurance and lawyers’ fees.
Ahmad Azizi pointed out that some of the applications were rejected for reasons that included incomplete forms, failure to state income, failure to provide a site for the house and the applicant had no dependents.
According to him, from 2002 to 31 May, 2012, a total of 1,714 units were applied for in Sabah.
From these, 655 were approved, 184 are still under construction and 500 already completed.
States with the most number of RMR applications are Kelantan, Terengganu and Perak.
Kelantan had the highest at 6,265 units as of 31 May this year, with 4,196 applications approved, 61 units under construction and 2,723 completed.