JASIN: Malaysia should not be perceived as a “third world nation” because the government offers schemes such as the People's Housing Project (PPR), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said here today.
He said such projects under the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry are aimed at helping the lower income group own homes, and is a manifestation of the strong nation-building ethos of the government.
Speaking before handing over keys to new residents of the PPR in Tehel, Najib said such a project exemplifies how the government addresses the issue of housing for the B40 group.
"In which other country in the world would you find the government providing huge subsidies for housing?" Najib asked.
"This PPR Tehel sees subsidies of up to RM125,000 provided for each home, which is estimated to cost RM160,000. This means owners only have to pay RM35,000," the Prime Minister added.
Also present at the ceremony were Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.
Najib said part of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government's promise to boost economic development in Malacca is to provide PPR and affordable homes for the people.
"This is the BN government's sincere effort for the people. The proof is there in the numbers. The number of PPRs in Malacca is the highest, while in Penang, you will find the least such projects.
"The opposition will continue to chide us, but 500 PPR homes are here before you, built at a cost of RM80 million," he said.
Najib capped his one-day working visit to Malacca with a closed-door meeting at the Chief Minister's residence in Seri Bendahara, before departing via the Malacca International Airport.