Sunday, 12 August 2018

(NST) Sabah govt urged to provide land for low-cost houses

KOTA KINABALU: The state government should provide land to build affordable homes in Sabah.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said this was an important step in lowering the cost of housing and solving the state’s squatter problem.

“I hope the state government will play its role by providing land to the ministry to develop low-cost houses for the people of Sabah,” she said after attending a briefing on the squatter issue in Sepanggar today.

Zuraida said housing units could be built more cheaply if land was provided free by the state government.

She said land preparation was one of the agendas that would be included in the new National Housing Policy, which would be launched this year.

She said several plots of lands were being proposed for the construction of low-cost houses in Sepanggar. At the briefing, the focus was on a 4ha area in Sabang, Sepanggar.

“In line with Pakatan Harapan’s 14th General Election Manifesto promise to build a million low-cost houses in 10 years, we estimate 100,000 homes will be built a year and each state will get between 10,000 and 15,000 low-cost houses.”

Zuraida said there were 30,000 squatters in the area under the jurisdiction of Kota Kinabalu City Hall and about 20,000 squatters in Sepanggar.

Present were Deputy Foreign Minister and Sepanggar member of parliament Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman and Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.