Budget 2020: Hopes for affordable housing allocation for Penang

Property News/ 1 October 2019 Leave a comment

the-rise-affordable-viewPenang Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo hopes a certain percentage from the upcoming Budget 2020 will be allocated for public amenities, particularly affordable housing.

He said that one of the state government’s main targets was to achieve 180,000 units of affordable housing in Penang, but none of the 102,335 existing units and ongoing projects were built by the Federal government.

He also expressed his disappointment that the Federal Government proposed to scrap the affordable housing development projects such as the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA), the National Housing Company (SPNB) and the 1Malaysia Civil Servant Housing Scheme (PPA1M), as it was deemed not cost-effective.

“Unless the Federal Government can agree to either build more affordable houses in Penang or to set aside some percentage of our taxpayer’s money for affordable housing,” he said in his speech during a workshop on affordable housing here today.

He also hoped that the Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin would uphold the responsibility of delivering affordable housing to not only Penang, but to all states in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Jagdeep also hoped that the high rate of loan rejection could be reduced, especially among buyers purchasing low cost (LC) and low-medium cost (LMC) units as their first home.

He said that commercial banks have categorised these first time home-buyers as “high risk” due to their low income.

“It is a catch-22 situation, because we have set the guidelines that people with low incomes are allowed to purchase LC or LMC units,” he said in a press conference, adding that seven out of 10 loans were rejected.

He added that an official letter from the state Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow regarding the 2020 Budget wish list had been sent to Putrajaya.

The budget would be tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Oct 11.

Source: Bernama.com


  1. david wong
    October 2nd, 2019 at 10:51 | #1

    one hand bring hong kong and oversea rich ppl to sapu property here many units and one hand you are asking gov for fund ? stop all the foreigner onwership

    • Dave
      October 3rd, 2019 at 11:52 | #2

      Foreigner can sapu luxury houses (more than 1m) only nothing effected to the normal houses, if the law is followed… Only problem is it encourages developers to build more luxuxy houses rather than affordable

  2. Tan
    October 3rd, 2019 at 13:12 | #3

    Don’t show this affordable housing as the primary photo. Looks ok on the outside, inside is exactly like a low cost flat with bigger rooms or some unit with extended balcony, nothing else to shout about. Which “smart” architect they hire to draft the in and out entrance?1k over units with only 1 lane each for car to in and out. They expect the public to use bike?Bike entrance has only 1 way, in and out also that same 1 gate, even smarter. And if you wants to do BBQ, please step on the grass to do grilling, as they planted the grass surrounding the entire bbq area. Good move and Kudos to the developer.

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