More Aids From The Government For The Urban Poor
The Government will be implementing two measures in helping the urban poor to ease their daily burden.
These measures are free bus rides to school for children living in the Projek Perumahan Rakyat or People’s Housing Project (PPR) flats and easing of requirements for low-income earners in the city to own PPR flats.
These measures are expected to be implemented no later than next year under the supervision of Federal Territories Minister and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
These measures were part of the Government’s initiative to help the urban poor, alongside its initiative in helping the rural poor.
“The Government is sensitive to the plight of not just those in the villages but also the urban poor and we will give our full commitment to help ease the problem of urban poverty, regardless of race or religion,” he said in a report by The Star Online.
DBKL was also instructed to implement a zero deposit hire-purchase scheme for its PPR units in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Ahmad Zahid said.
Currently, the PPR scheme offers flats or terrace houses to those earning less than RM2,500 a month. These PPR homes are offered for a monthly rental of RM124 or sold for RM30,000 to RM35,000 per unit.
To date, 102,076 PPR units have been built, while 14,081 units are under construction and 16,473 units are under planning.
Pertaining to this matter, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he will meet DBKL and announcement will be made when the planning and execution has been sorted out.