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Friday, October 14, 2011

Chor sees no property asset bubble

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia does not foresee a property asset bubble in the near future unlike China, Hong Kong and Singapore, which have such concerns.

Chor: ‘Increase in RPGT among measures to curb speculation.’

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said that many local developers were still rushing to submit their applications for various projects.

“No, I don't think so because we have not reached that stage. If you think this (slower property sales) is the sign, then why are developers jumping in to continue to build?” he said after the opening of the 19th International Real Estate Federation Asia-Pacific Real Estate Congress 2011.

On another note, Chor said the increase in the real property gains tax (RPGT) was among the measures taken by the Government to curb speculation.

The Budget 2012 proposed that the RPGT on properties held and disposed of within two years be raised to 10% from 5%.

Chor said although the additional 5% was not too much of a deterrence, it would not give much room for speculators to buy property and flip it shortly, adding that the additional tax would not affect genuine home buyers.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, in his speech at the congress, said the real estate and business services sector was projected to expand by 6.8% and 5.7% respectively in 2011 and 2012.

“As we move forward, we cannot abandon the underprivileged and the poor. In this respect, we have put in place numerous measures to ensure that there is adequate supply of affordable homes. In March this year, the Government launched the My First Home Scheme.

“Under Budget 2012, the ceiling selling price of these homes has been raised to RM400,000 from RM220,000. The new ceiling would allow a greater number of aspiring homeowners to take advantage of the 100% financing scheme by participating financial institutions,” Husni said.

He also said unique public-private partnerships would be forming, where the Government would provide the land on which private property developers could build homes for the less fortunate group.

By The Star

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