06 June 2015

Developers to provide minibuses when building houses

  06 June 2015

image: YAB. Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Bin Haji Hasan

The Negeri Sembilan state government has suggested that developers of 100 acres of land and above provide their own public transport for residents.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the suggestion for developers to provide minibuses was part of the state government’s housing policy.

“We will assist them in obtaining permits from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and this should act as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project for them,” Mohamad told reporters today.

The minibuses had been suggested to pick up residents from main roads in neighbourhood areas where they can then be dropped off at the Terminal 1 bus station or the Seremban train station.
“This is to reduce the cost of living as 40-50% of it involves transport costs,”
Mohamad said.

He said the transportation cost went into car loans, insurance, petrol, parking and road tax and the government hoped to reduce this to 20-30%.

“If this is done well and if the transportation is reliable, people will use it. In the Malaysian Vision Valley, we plan on having a good transport system for the public.”

A tram system is also in the pipeline to assist the public travel from one place to another.
Another bigger component in the housing policy is the increase in the Bumiputera quota from 30% to 50% .

“Many will debate and criticise the state government that this is a regressive policy.
“Trust me, this policy will bring a lot of goodness, especially to developers and the people.”

Dubbed a “win-win” policy, Mohamad said 50% of the housing units will be in a category which has been agreed, to provide affordable housing aimed at young Malaysians.

“For example, 50% of 500 housing units will have 15% of the houses priced below RM80,000, another 15% at RM250,000 and below and the remaining 20% at below RM400,000.”

For the remaining 50% of the units, Mohamad said the developers would be allowed to decide on the pricing. - The Rakyat Post

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