(File pix) The government will offer a no-deposit hire-purchase scheme for People's Housing Project (PPR) residents in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will offer a no-deposit scheme to make it easier for People's Housing Project (PPR) dwellers here to own their homes, while children living in these projects will get free transport to schools.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said these measures were part of efforts to alleviate burden of the lower-income group caused by the rising cost of living.

He said the government would offer a no-deposit hire-purchase scheme to qualified PPR residents in Kuala Lumpur.

"Housing is one of the issues faced by the urban poor. Other issues include vandalism in flats, leading to faulty lifts, as well as poor sewage system," Zahid said when opening the Lembah Pantai Umno division meeting here today.

"The government is continuously looking for solutions to these issues. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has given his assurance that we not only look at rural areas but also problems faced by the urban poor."

Zahid, who is Umno vice-president, said free bus rides to school would be provided to children of PPR flat dwellers.

In an immediate response, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who is Umno secretary-general, said he would meet with Kuala Lumpur City Hall to discuss and iron out the details.

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