5,000 PR1MA in Seremban
Some 5,000 housing units under the government’s People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) in Seremban will be completed by 2016, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today.
Speaking at the launch of the pre-registration for the Seremban Sentral PR1MA project here, Najib said the initiative is expected to benefit some 20,000 households.
“The houses will be priced at least 20% lower than the market price, and is for households earning between RM2,500 and RM7,500,” said Najib, adding that work on the project is expected to begin this year.
The PR1MA programme is aimed at providing affordable housing for middle-income earners who find it difficult to own homes due to the escalating costs of housing.
The housing development in Seremban Sentral will be done simultaneously with a revamp of the existing Seremban KTM station, to turn some 73 acres of surrounding area into an ‘integrated hub for transportation, residential, commercial and retail activities.’
The project is expected to cost RM2.5 billion and is a public-private partnership between PR1MA, Unit Kerjasama Awam-Swasta, Railway Assets Corp, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the Negri Sembilan state government and developer Brunsfield Group.
Najib said PR1MA is one of the many 1Malaysia ‘products’ which the government has given to the people, for the people.
“These past four years, there have been so many 1Malaysia products. From Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) to KR1M (Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia), all of it is for the people,” he said to a cheering crowd.
Najib, who after over a year of speculation of snap polls must call for general elections by April 28, said that the reason for the ‘delay’ is to prove that the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) is truly beneficial.
“I want to wait (before calling for elections) because I want to show and prove that the GTP can truly benefit the people… To prove that Barisan Nasional does not only talk, but does what it says,” he said.
Najib added that the people are increasingly confident that BN can fulfill its promises and propel the country to greater growth.
Meanwhile, in hinting as to the date of the elections, Najib said the general elections will be called ‘very, very soon’.
He also took a swipe at the opposition, by praising the Negri Sembilan state government for ‘immediately approving the PR1MA project’, unlike the ‘problematic’ Selangor state government.
“The general election will be very soon, and then we can make changes to problematic states such as Selangor,” he said.