The government will be increasing the number of People’s Housing Projects (PPR) for rent to the lower income group in urban areas throughout the country next year.

Deputy Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique said presently 88,0000 of the 102,000 PPR houses had been rented out before the tenants could afford to buy their own houses while the remaining houses would be sold at RM35,000 a unit.

She said PPR house tenants were allowed to rent for two to three years before they purchased their own houses through various schemes provided by the government such as 1Malaysia People’s Housing (PR1MA) and the Private Affordable Ownership Housing Scheme or MyHome.

“We want them to migrate from PPR houses into bigger and more comfortable houses. We do not want them to continue living in rented houses forever without any plans to own houses,” she said after visiting the Kota Setar PPR project site in Kampung Kilat, here Saturday.

Halimah said the rental charged by the National Housing Department (JPN) was only RM124 a month and it did not burden the low income group in urban areas.

On the PPR houses in Kampung Kilat here, she said 500 units would be set aside for 80 families who used to live in squatter houses on the site.

She said the project on a 1.5 hectare site by Tulangis Maju Sdn Bhd would start construction this month and it was expected to be completed by April 2017 with each unit having a built-up area of 700 sq ft.