924 national housing applicants in 2020

Azlan Othman

There were 924 applications for the National Housing Scheme in 2020, said Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar on the ninth day of the 17th Legislative Council session yesterday.

The minister shared that the number of applicants who had met the terms and requirements to qualify for the national housing scheme was 6,308 applicants in 2015, up from 3,560 in 2010.

However, he also said that there had been a decline in the number of applicants in recent years, with 853 applicants in 2019.

“We are still analysing whether they are eligible and meet the criteria,” he said of the more recent applications. The minister was responding to query by Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman on the number of applicants for national housing scheme to date and the state of the waiting list.

Meanwhile asked on the status of H40 apartment in Kampong Lambak Kanan, the minister said there are 300 units allocated and to be occupied by eligible occupants as soon as possible.

Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Since last year, the Housing Development Department offered them to housing applicants according to income and queue.

“However, there are some who show reluctance in occupying the units as they are more inclined to owning housing with land. Many applicants say they need more time to make a decision and get a guarantor. It is hoped that the occupants will make a decision and occupy the apartments before Hari Raya.”

Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi said the Ministry of Development has no figures on percentage of housing dues through inheritance.

He said it is not an issue as terms and requirements state that houses can only be owned if inheritors are willing to pay housing dues. The minister was responding to Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad’s query who said, of late, there have been owners who owed national housing dues when recipients (parents) were awarded with such housing and could not settle their housing dues before retirement.