KUANTAN: Pahang has cancelled seven of its 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) projects.
State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Abdul Rahim Muda said exorbitant land acquisition costs in certain districts and the fact that the locations were not strategic had forced the state government to cancel the projects.
“The seven projects were still in the early stages and it did not involve any ground works.
“The state government is very cautious about the location as we do not want to build houses far from public amenities, which would later pose a problem for the buyers.
“We do not want to continue the seven projects and end up not being able to sell the units.
“However, to date we have launched 126 housing projects in Pahang offering a total of 39,987 units,” he told reporters after launching the Cherating PR1MA Pahang project here today.
The project, which involves the construction of 496 affordable housing units, is being developed by Y&S Mutiara Construction.
The first phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
Rahim said some completed PR1MA projects remained unoccupied, because of the failure of would-be buyers to obtain bank loans.
“The state government cannot do much to help buyers secure housing loans.
“Instead, we are offering PR1MA Pahang units at a reasonable price... I believe many are confused between the PR1MA Pahang and PR1MA projects managed by the Federal Government.
“PR1MA Pahang can cost up to RM150,000 per unit and as an alternative, we also provide the Rumah Makmur housing units at RM80,000 per unit.
“PR1MA homes under the Federal Government starts from RM250,000,” he said, adding that the state government would continue to monitor housing developers to ensure that they built affordable homes at the right locations.
“Developers are required to prepare a detailed report on the proposed location along with a building plan before submitting it to the state government for approval.
“This allows us to study their proposal and select only those qualified... we do not want any hanky-panky in the sales of the units,” he said.
Rahim said the state government aimed to build some 40,000 PR1MA Pahang units in the next four years.
He said 15,000 units had already been built and the rest would be completed on schedule.