Johor Allocates 80 Hectares Of Land In Gambir For Afforbadle Housing Project

Last update: 19/05/2014TANGKAK, May 19 (Bernama) -- Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today announced that the state government has allocated 80-hectare of land in Gambir state constituency for the development of affordable housing project.

He said the project would be implemented as soon as possible, especially in Pekan Sagil, to meet the rising and urgent demands for housing among the low-income earners.

"At present, 2,500 affordable houses are being built by housing developers, but most of them are around the town area.

"We need to build houses in rural areas, such as Pekan Sagil, to meet the demands of the low-income earners," he said at the presentation ceremony of land titles and housing aid, and the launch of Pekan Sagil Homestay at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sagil, here today.

Also present were Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri, who is also Ledang member of Parliament, and several state executive council members.

The menteri besar said it had been the state government's priority to provide affordable houses in each district in the state as it would, inadvertently, help reduce the burden of the people in facing the rising cost of living.

He said this was because the absence of affordable housing would cause the people to trespass into government-owned land and hence, creating another problem for the government.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Khaled said the state government would go ahead with the proposed development of a furniture industrial area and international furniture exhibition centre here, which were said to cost millions of ringgit.

He said the project was vital to enable Tangkak to emerge as the country's largest furniture city, which would also lure tourists to Johor.

"With the presence of a furniture industrial area and international furniture exhibition centre, Johor youth and small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs would not only able to venture into the industry, but also to introduce their products to international clients," he added.