IPOH: Skim Rumah Insan Aman Jaya (SRIA), a scheme created by independent body Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU) in 2012, has proven successful in helping the underprivileged in Perak.
The SRIA was designed for young Perakians who own land in rural areas but do not have the means to build a house.
The State Government has allocated RM39 million since SRIA’s launch, and so far, 538 houses have been built and given to their respective owners.
Today, YBU chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Ismail Safian handed out letters of approval to four new SRIA applicants.
"We are helping young rural folks who cannot afford to build their own homes, although they have their own land. Normally, we give approval to those belonging to e-kasih. They are those who are considered poor, with a monthly income below RM3,000 and they do not have pay slips, hence are not eligible for bank loans," said Ismail to the press.
The houses cost RM62,000 each and owners can pay the amount in instalments of RM259 monthly to YBU.
Mother-of-five Sarimah Abdul Rahman, 44, from Sg.Siput, was one of today’s recipients, and she said that she is truly happy and grateful.
"My husband and I are poultry farmers, and we have been living with my brother-in-law for the last ten years. The land which the house will be built on belongs to my husband, but he could not apply for the scheme due to his age," she said.
The other three recipients are also from rural areas of Perak. They will be able to move into their new homes within two months.