KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 – A promise made by the Barisan Nasional during the Hulu Selangor by-election (2010) has translated into the construction of 300 units of terrace houses under the Taman Danau, Hulu Bernam, Selangor Public Housing (PPR) programme, thus giving hope to its residents.
Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the project has resolved the housing woes of Kampung Hassan residents. In an immediate follow-up, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will go to the ground to observe the progress of the project’s facilities.
“The Taman Danau PPR provides facilities to those who are in great need of housing aid as there are residents who have lived for 25 years in squatter settlements. There were also those who shared a house with others for more than 30 years, and some even for 55 years. However, the Taman Danau PPR has given them the chance to enjoy a more comfortable dwelling as compared to their current state,” Abdul Rahman said in a statement Tuesday.
He said each house was sold at RM35,000 per unit, although construction costs incurred for each unit reached a total of RM140,000 – a method of channelling government subsidies directly to the people. He added this was proof of the federal government’s commitment in its efforts towards enabling squatters and those with low income to stay in comfortable houses equipped with sufficient facilities.
“The Taman Danau, Hulu Bernam, Selangor PPR was completed on a 26-acre site at a cost of RM42 million, comprising 300 units of terrace houses, together with a multipurpose hall, surau, kindergarten, sports court and playground. The Taman Danau PPR is bigger in size by 850 square feet as compared to other PPRs that measure 750 square feet and display a more modern and attractive design,” noted Abdul Rahman.
The minister said as a whole, the federal government, through the ministry targeted an overall construction of 103,038 units of houses under the PPR programme nationwide. Since the Eighth Malaysia Plan until now, a total of 80,252 PPR units have been completed, while 22,786 units are at various stages of implementation.
“For Selangor, beginning 2011 until now, the federal government completed four PPR projects that involved 5,184 units, which include Lembah Subang I PPR (3,004 units), Serendah PPR (300 units), Lembah Subang 2 PPR (1,580 units) and Taman Danau, Hulu Bernam, Selangor PPR (300 units),” said Abdul Rahman.