Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today advised the public not to get cheated by people claiming to be agents for the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Scheme (PR1MA).

“They are going around collecting money from people who want to buy the (PR1MA) affordable houses,” he told a press conference after chairing a National Housing Council meeting here.

Najib said PR1MA’s management had a lodged a police report on the matter.

“I hope members of the public will not get easily taken in by these people who go around showing letters that they have been authorised to act for PR1MA.” he said.

Meanwhile, PR1MA chairman Tan Sri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said PR1MA had never appointed any agents to process applications to buy its houses.

“These bogus agents are fleecing people claiming that by paying RM2,000 they (public) can apply for PR1MA houses when in fact applicants can download the forms online or come to our offices to fill up the forms, without having to pay any charges,” he said.

He said any developer wishing to collaborate with PR1MA would also be asked to meet PR1MA’s management in person to pursue the matter.

“We have not appointed any developer to build PR1MA houses or agents to sell PR1MA homes,” he said, adding the government guaranteed that PR1MA houses would be 20 per cent lower than market prices.

PR1MA houses are offered to all Malaysians with monthly household income ranging from RM2,500 to RM10,000.