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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Hajiji launches Rumah Mesra SMJ affordable housing project


Sabah chief minister Hajiji Noor (second from left) presents a mock key to a new Rumah Mesra SMJ homeowner, Gaudi Bonti, in Kuala Penyu, Sabah. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Sabah chief minister Hajiji Noor has hailed the launch of the Rumah Mesra Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) project, which is set to see the construction of 1,500 units of affordable housing in the state each year.

Hajiji, who presented keys of completed Rumah Mesra SMJ homes at Menumbok and Kuala Penyu to their new homeowners yesterday, said the launch coincided with the second anniversary of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-Barisan Nasional government, which was formed on Sept 29, 2020.

“From the look on their faces, we can get a sense of the joy they have at owning their own home,” he said in a Facebook post after handing over a mock key to Gaudi Bonti, one of the new homeowners, in Kuala Penyu.

“Plan and execute. Results over rhetoric! This is the core of our struggle.

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“Focus on (the) work and the public will benefit. The Rumah Mesra SMJ which we promised has now been launched, and it’s time for leaders of the government agencies involved (to focus on) implementing this (project).”

According to a report in The Borneo Post, the RM70,000 houses will be built in all 73 state constituencies and financed by a RM125.6 million grant from the federal government to the state rural development ministry.

Hajiji stressed that the rural development ministry should ensure that only deserving recipients get the houses, adding that priority must be given to those who do not currently own a house.

Among the criteria to be considered for the scheme is that families have to be on the eKasih database of poor households. - FMT

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