A total of 23,114 People’s Housing Program (PPR) units have been completed and in the process of being built in Sabah so far.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor told the State Assembly sitting yesterday that his ministry, through the National Housing Department (JPN), have completed 15,956 PPR housing units whilst 7,158 units are in the middle of construction.
“In Sandakan alone, 4,000 units have been completed and occupied whilst as many as 1,080 PPR units are still under construction,” Hajiji clarified, in response to the question by Sekong assemblyman Datuk Samsudin Yahya on the PPR status in the district.
When answering Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin (PKR-Klias) on the PPR construction status at Kampung Lumat in Beaufort, the minister said a total of 67 units are now at 93% completion and expected to be completed this year.
He also revealed that there are 1,785 PPR housing units (rented) in Inanam, 785 completed PPR Puri Warisan units that are occupied by Inanam and Kota Kinabalu folks.
Another 1,000 PPR Kionsom units are under construction in Inanam, Hajiji said in response to Dr Roland Chia Ming Shen (PKR-Inanam).
Those eligible for PPR housing units are local Malaysian squatters, single mothers from the low-income group, persons with disabilities (OKU), fire victims (subject to availability) and those having a monthly household income of less than RM3,000, he added.
Up to now, the minister explained no lease-purchasing method has been considered in Sabah as the rented PPRs have been maintained as transit homes for the many squatter household heads.
He also assured the House that the government will implement a lease-purchase policy for PPR housing units once the renters are willing and able to make loan payments in order to purchase the units.