KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): A total of 15 public housing sites that are dilapidated and no longer conducive to be occupied have been identified for redevelopment, the Senate was told on Wednesday.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias said the sites, covering 44.83 hectares and involving 10,738 housing units, will be included in the list of Kuala Lumpur redevelopment areas in the draft of the Kuala Lumpur Development Plan 2040.
"In line with the goal of sustainable development and well-being of the people under the Caring Region programme, the ministry through the implementation of redevelopment is committed to ensuring the benefits and the added value for a more conducive environment can be enjoyed by the people of Kuala Lumpur.
"Among them is the provision of adequate quality affordable housing to improve the well -being of urban residents, where residents will get a replacement house, which will be more comfortable and of quality, as well as equipped with facilities and infrastructure," he said during the question-and-answer (Q&A) session in the Dewan Negara on Wednesday.
He was responding to a question from Senator Nuridah Mohd Salleh who wanted to know the government's plan to redevelop the sites of public housing, which are no longer suitable to be occupied.
Citing the Razak Mansion Public Housing, Jalaluddin said the government had redeveloped the four-storey public housing with 658 residential units into a 21-storey building, with each unit measuring 880 sq ft per unit and equipped with modern facilities.
“The project was completed in January 2017 and 658 owners were relocated there in March 2017,” he said.
Another project, he said, was the Sri Pahang Public Housing, with construction work now in progress and involving the construction of 1,017 new housing units, with each measuring 800 sq ft.
"The Sri Pahang Public Housing project uses the same concept as the Razak Mansion Public Housing where tenants are offered the unit at only RM42,000 per unit," he added.
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