Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin launched UMLand’s Community Housing (Perumahan Komuniti Johor or PKJ) and Johor Affordable Homes (Rumah Mampu Milik Johor, or RMMJ) at its development site in Seri Alam.
The flats come under the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme.
UMLand will be building 1,122 units of the flats on 18.46 acres of land comprising 421 units of PKJ and 701 units of RMMJ in blocks of 14 and 16 storeys high respectively.
Eligible purchasers will be buying the 850 square feet of PKJ flats at RM80,000 and the RMMJ units of 1,000 square feet, will be offered at RM150,000 each.
“Our affordable housing agenda is not merely rhetoric.
“Since 2013, we have successfully built over 18,000 affordable housing units in Johor,” said Khaled.
“And as many as 100,000 units of affordable homes are targeted to be built in this state by 2023,” he added.
According to him, in his Parliamentary constituency of Pasir Gudang which comprises the state constituencies of Permas and Johor Jaya, 1,637 units of affordable houses have been completed since 2013 and the state government has targeted 11,460 housing units to be completed in this area by 2021.
Khaled said that in forging ahead to achieve the targets set for affordable housing, 289.33 acres of land in several areas throughout the state have been taken over by the state government for the purpose of building affordable housing.
“The acquisition of lands cost the state government RM107.42 million,” he added.
The Johor State Government set conditions for developers who fail to build affordable housing to handover their land to the state government.
“By providing this stipulation, developers will be more committed to ensure that affordable housings are being built in their residential projects,” said Khaled.
“It is important for people to own their own homes because owning your own property gives meaning to one’s life. The confidence of having one’s own property helps build a foundation upon which to organise one’s family rather than suffer the insecurity of having to rent one home to the next,” he said.
“We are also ensuring that the affordable homes are not located only in the perimetres of the city but also in the city itself to provide a balance so that everyone can enjoy what the city can offer.
“This balanced and planned development of affordable housing will also ensure that the city is well represented with a good spread of people encapsulating every strata of society,” added Khaled.
Seri Alam is already home to 80,000 residents. It boasts multiple educational institutions with more on the way underscoring its recognition as the ‘City of Knowledge’.
Also in the vicinity of the PKL and RMMJ development, and aimed for an August launch will be Johor Bahru’s third general hospital, the Pasir Gudang Hospital after Sultanah Aminah and Sultan Ismail hospitals.