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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Programme now offered to properties nationwide with a RM20mil allocation

JOHOR BARU: The 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund (TP 1Malaysia), set up to help residents of private low- and medium-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur, will now be offered to high-rise properties nationwide.

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said a RM20mil allocation would be utilised for the programme to go nationwide.

“So far, we have received 43 such projects nationwide with six applications from Johor alone,” he said, adding that since the programme was launched two years ago, 12 projects worth RM5.3mil had been completed in Kuala Lumpur.

The fund is set up to help pay for repairs such as faulty elevators, new coat of paint for exterior walls, roof leaks and rewiring works.

Speaking to reporters after launching a briefing on the programme here yesterday, Raja Nong Chik said his ministry would carry out the maintenance works for private buildings while the Housing and Local Government Ministry would take care of public housing needs.

To qualify, Raja Nong Chik said the management body, committee or even a residents association could submit their requests for the grants.

“The process takes about seven to eight months,” he said. “The purchase price of the property must also be RM80,000 and below,” he said.

Raja Nong Chik said in Kuala Lumpur, about 25% of flat dwellers had failed to pay their monthly maintenance fees of RM60.

State Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil said the state government had requested for funds for six projects with four in Johor Baru and one each in Kota Tinggi and Kluang.

He said such programmes helped to spruce up an area and allowed the price of the property to appreciate because of improved surroundings.

By The Star

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