The Rural Development Ministry will build and repair 8,889 houses this year under the Hardcore Poor Housing Programme (PPRT) on a RM200 million allocation.
Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said 44,430 people would benefit from the programme which comprise from the construction of 1,535 units of new houses and the repair of 7,354 old houses.
“As of 15th December 2015, 10,841 PPRT units were built and repaired exceeding the 10,550 units target, and 817 units were new houses while 10,024 units were existing ones on a RM271 million allocation,” said Rina.
She added that despite the lowering of allocation, the quality and size of the construction of the PPRT houses were not affected with the use of Industrialised Building System (IBS) and conventional method which simultaneously reduced the cost up to 18%.
She said there was a need to increase the building of new houses compared to repairing existing houses to avoid repeated applications for repairs.