Those wanting to own a house can expect good news once the Government comes with measures to address the issue of affordable homes within the next two years, says Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
He said a workshop, which was called for by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was held here yesterday, in which housing industry players had discussed the measures.
Abdul Rahman said Najib might include some of the measures and recommendations raised at the workshop in his Budget 2014 speech text.
“The purpose of this workshop is to allow industry players to give us their opinions on short-term measures to control and reduce house prices.
“We are not here to immediately lower housing prices per se, but what we want to ensure is that those who want to buy will get a chance to buy houses,” Abdul Rahman said in a press conference after launching the workshop at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
He said the ministry had formed a monitoring committee, based on Najib’s order, to make good of the election promise to build one million affordable homes across the country in the next five years.
He said although PR1MA Corporation Malaysia and Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) were not under the ministry, Najib wanted the ministry to monitor the effectiveness of the relevant agencies to ensure that the objective to build the affordable houses could be delivered.
At a separate function, Najib called on Malaysians to venture into the ship manufacturing and repair industry, which he said was booming.
He said those with expertise in such matters had been known to be paid well all over the world.
“I was told that those who have such expertise are being paid more than RM80,000 a month.
“I am proud that Inai Kiara, a local company, has trained Malaysians to build this ship all by themselves,” he said in his speech at the launch of the company’s new dredger ship in Pulau Indah, Klang yesterday.
Inai Kiara Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Captain Gulzar Mohamed said almost 80% of the ship’s components were not easily available in the market.