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By Sandra Sokial

KOTA KINABALU, April 1:

Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor expects first-time house buyers to benefit most from the MyHome Scheme which begins today.

In addition, he said the newly-launched scheme would also encourage housing developers to build more affordable homes to enable those aged 18 and above from the lower and middle-income groups to have the opportunity to have a place of their own.

Under the scheme, which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when tabling the 2014 Budget on Oct 25 last year, the government will give an incentive of RM30,000 for each affordable house built to encourage developers to participate in the scheme.

“This will also lessen the burden of first-time house buyers, for example newlyweds or young couples. This is yet another commitment of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government,” said Hajiji.

For this year, the government has allocated RM300 million as subsidy for 10,000 units of affordable houses throughout the nation.

There are 2 categories under the MyHome scheme — MyHome1 and MyHome2.

Hajiji said the price range of houses under MyHome1 for Sabah and Sarawak was between RM90,000 and RM120,000.

However, after subsidy deduction, first-time house buyers will only have to fork out RM60,000 to RM90,000.

“Under MyHome2, the houses cost between RM120,001 and RM250,000 for Sabah and Sarawak. With the subsidy, house buyers will only have to pay between RM90,000 and RM220,000.”

To qualify for MyHome1, the buyer must have a household income of between RM3,000 and RM4,000 whereas the income needed for MyHome 2 is between RM4,001 and RM6,000.

As for the specification for housing developers, structures under MyHome 1 must have a minimum floor space of 800 square feet, while for MyHome2 it is 850 square feet. Each unit must also have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

The housing scheme must also have basic facilities such as parking, community hall, surau and playground.

Developers and buyers can apply by downloading the application form from the website of the National Housing Department at http://ehome.kpkt.gov.my.

Meanwhile, Hajiji is expected to launch the first of such housing project under the MyHome scheme in Sabah, to be called Timbok Jaya, in Tuaran, next month.

The project consists of 1,200 units of affordable apartments.

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