I call on the government to bring back the original People’s Housing Programme (PPR) especially to help the lower income group in Kuala Lumpur.
During the previous government, the Ministry of Federal Territories had approved over 20,000 units of RUMAWIP units in Kuala Lumpur, but there are not enough PPR units to be rented for the lower income group.
What we need is more low cost PPR units but built with much better facilities for the urban poor. The idea is for them to have a shelter until they can afford to buy higher end properties on their own.
It is a fact that not many young married couples can afford RUMAWIP, which costs around RM300,000. Some of them, the moment they finish their studies, they are already blacklisted for failing to pay their education loan. Moreover, with their low salaries, banks are unwilling to provide the loan facilities.
This is why I am urging the Federal Territories minister, Khalid Samad to seriously look into building more PPR units to meet the need of the young people.
The original purpose of the PPR is for renting. It is not practical for the government to promote the idea of renting to eventually own the units. When some units are privately owned, and others are still being rented, there will be issue of management and collection of maintenance fees. It is, therefore, best to stick to the original intention of PPR.
Owners of PPR may move elsewhere while the units they own are rented out to foreigners or to locals at a higher rate. This defeats the purpose of the housing scheme to help the poor.