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This article was written 3 years ago when it was revealed that 1 million civil servants have yet to own a home of their own. 1 million civil servants without a home I would not find latest numbers but hopefully the numbers have gone down. Both my parents are civil servants and they told me that they are able to take government loans for homes if necessary. The application may take some time but it will be approved unless due to some special circumstances. As for the homes built specifically for the civil servants, it must also meet what they wanted in terms of location. No point in buying a home built for civil servants but it’s in a location which both of them may not like. Latest news about affordable homes for the civil servants in Malaysia.

Article in malaymail.com here. Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said that moving forward civil servants will no longer have a special allocation of affordable homes built under government initiatives, but will have to apply for such housing just like the rest of the public. She explained, “The implementation of this new policy follows the setting up of a new sole entity that makes Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB), Uda Holdings Berhad, Housing Programme for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT) and 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing (PPA1M) to be uniform under one roof in strengthening the will of the Pakatan Harapan government.”

She also revealed this about the new affordable homes. She said, “If we look at the overall total, I have already achieved the target of 160,000 units to be built this year.” 38,000 has been completed in 2019 thus far and 10% would be given to the Fire and Rescue Department personnel, 9,000 units to civil servants and the remaining to the public, especially the b40 households. The reason for not setting aside specific affordable homes for the civil servants is to encourage “social interaction” between civil servants and the public to share their views, experience and knowledge to enhance a sustainable community. Civil servants union Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda however said “The minister should discuss with Cuepacs to find the best mechanism in resolving the method of home ownership among civil servants. Not make decisions using the minister’s powers alone.” Please do refer to the full Article in malaymail.com here.

I agree that the setting up of a sole new entity for affordable housing. This is so that we have an overall view of the needed affordable homes and the ones that are being built. I think it’s really important to look at the model of HDB in Singapore where the units are built based on demand and they do not face situations like overhang in the market. However, it’s very important to ensure civil servants have a home when they retire. If we do not do this, I can imagine the government having to shoulder an even bigger responsibility in the future. Imagine most civil servants retiring and have to keep paying rental… Do we think the government will not help them? Hopefully we have a strong solution to this.

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Article written and edited by Charles. News article summarised by Dina Batrisyia.

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