Building affordable homes at RM300,000 and below would be a main focus of the government to help middle-income employees who cannot afford to buy expensive homes, according to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"House prices are way too high. An individual starting work as a government employee is unable to buy an affordable house," said Muhyiddin.
One way to encourage developers into low-cost housing is through incentives, he added, noting that "they (private developers) can still profit by taking a small margin if the number of buyers is large."
However, the ministry as well as federal and state governments need to resolve problems in terms of housing sites as some areas may not be suitable or are less attractive to residents.
Asked for his opinion on the budget to be proposed by the opposition, Muhyiddin said "it is a political gimmick, just for the sake of showing one-upmanship, that Pakatan Rakyat can do better than the Barisan Nasional."
"However, the people must understand that they (the opposition) can talk about doing all kinds of things. But, it has been proven, like in the case of Selangor, that many of their promises have yet to be implemented," he added.
Moreover, if the opposition really wants to implement affordable housing, they should have built such houses in Penang or in Selangor, which does not seem to be the case.
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