Kedah government welcomes the plan to have Federal Government take over the maintenance works of People’s Housing Project (PPR) nationwide. NSTP file pic.

ALOR STAR: Kedah government today welcomed the Federal government’s plan to take over maintenance works at the People’s Housing Project (PPR) nationwide.

The state Housing and Local Government, Water Resources and Water Supply and Energy Committee chairman Datuk Badrul Hisham Hashim said the move would ensure a better care for PPR homes.

He said the state government is waiting for further information from the Federal government regarding the matter.

According to Badrul said there are two PPR homes in Kedah namely Paya Nahu Flat in Sungai Petani and Taman Dahlia in Langkawi with a total of 1,894 homes.

“We welcome the Federal government’s move because it will ensure a better maintenance for the PPR residents,” he said when met on the sidelines of the state assembly sitting.

Badrul was commenting on Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar announcement that the Federal government is at the final stage of drafting the National Public Housing Management Corporation Act before taking over the maintenance work at PPR homes nationwide.

Badrul Hisham said the government's decision to place the maintenance of PPR homes under the Public Housing Management Corporation would help to solve many pressing issues such as poor elevator services and sewerage system.

Giving the example of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) programme carried out by Kedah government at several low-cost flats state-wide, he said it has helped made the homes more conducive for the residents.

“Once the Federal government takes over the maintenance works of the PPR homes, the state could channel the allocation for the flats for other purposes including building more low-cost homes for Kedahans,” he said.

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