Civil Servants To Enjoy PPA1M Soon

Last update: 09/04/2013JOHOR BAHARU, April 9 (Bernama) -- Civil servants will soon get to enjoy the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing (PPA1M), based on the affordable housing scheme built on government land, priced at 20-30 per cent lower than the market rate.

Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa said a pilot project with 10,000 units of houses would be built in Putrajaya, and launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak soon.

"We will look for suitable government-owned land in other towns, including Johor Baharu, for the purpose," he said.

He was speaking at a Session with Civil Servants in Johor at Pusat Islam here Tuesday.

The move to launch PPA1M was aimed at helping to overcome the burden of civil servants to buy houses in major towns, which have gone beyond their affordability.

"The price of affordable houses offered will be in the range of RM150,000 to RM300,000, with built-up area of between 1,000 to 1,500 sq ft, as well as other basic facilities," said Ali.

He hoped it would lighten the burden of the civil servants who had provided the best service, and be an incentive for them to work even harder.

On the fate of contract workers in the National Unity and Integration Department, under the rural and regional development and information communication and culture ministries, totalling nearly 50,000 people, he said the government had agreed to extend their contracts to Dec 31, for another year.

In the meantime, a comprehensive study would be carried out on their position by a committee before being tabled to the government.

Today's session was attended by Johor State Secretary Datuk Obet Tawil and about 2,000 civil servants.