New Straits Times
ROMPIN, 13 AUGUST 2012 - The 1Malaysia housing programme (PR1MA) which is aimed to provide middle-income earners in cities nationwide the opportunity to earn their first home will soon be launched in Kuantan, said its chairman Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis.
He said currently the project was still in the discussion phase with the state government to find out the type and cost of the houses to be built.
"Several sites in Kuantan are being considered for the project. PR1MA is now studying the average income of people in Kuantan who do not own homes," he said.
Speaking to reporters after a breaking of fast ceremony in Rompin last night, Jamaluddin said that if most of the people earned below RM3,000, then the houses would be built accordingly, stating that if the cost of houses exceeded their income, they would not be able to afford it and would not opt to buy.
Further elaborating on the matter, Jamaluddin said the houses, which would be between 10 to 20 percent cheaper compared to the market rate would be built according to the 1Malaysia community concept, complete with the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (1Malaysia Community Store) and other facilities under the 1Malaysia initiative.
"To ensure its safety factor, it will be built with the concept of 'Security Affordable House' which means the housing area will be equipped with security systems."
"There will be security guards and residents will be given access cards for their homes," he said.
He said the project will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Tengku Puan Pahang, Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar and her son Tengku Hassanal Tengku Abdullah also attended the ceremony, in which they gave away Aidilfitri contributions to deserving citizens of Rompin, including the elderly and orphans