State Assistant Minister for Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin believes that Sarawak is in urgent need of more low- and medium-cost housing projects to cater to civil servants.
Lee said the federal government should expand its housing projects for civil servants by developing a higher volume of such units under 1Malaysia Civil Servant Housing (PPA1M).
He added that these units should ideally be priced between the RM100,000 and RM150,000 margin.
“These types of housing project can be sold to junior officers too,” Lee said, explaining that low-cost housing was high in demand in the state, particularly by civil servants.
Earlier this week, Lee announced the PPA1M Eastwood Valley for Miri City project involving the construction of 1,075 units of double-storey terrace houses with a fixed price of RM300,000 each, which is 30 per cent cheaper than the market price for double-storey houses in Miri City.
PPA1M Eastwood Valley will be developed by Pantai Bayu Indah Sdn Bhd, a member of Samling group of companies.
Commenting on the project, Lee said a total of 817 intermediate units of PPA1M would be put up for sale initially.
“So far 600 applicants have registered for PPA1M in Miri and those interested have until Dec 1, 2016 to do so,” he said.
Civil servants in federal and state departments or agencies, local councils and statutory bodies are eligible to apply.
Lee invited interested purchasers to register via the www.ppa1m.gov.my website. He said the first phase of the project was expected to be completed in 2018. – Bernama