|Friday, 28 September 2012 11:07|
KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders have joined Malaysians in their demand for cheaper homes particularly to cater to the country’s growing middle-income population as property prices begin to soar past income levels.
When polled by The Malaysian Insider, topping their list of wishes for Budget 2013 was affordable housing, followed by improvements to public transportation, a more structured, needs-based subsidy system, better allocation for education and welfare aid.
“I would like to see affordable houses for all levels of the population including the Indian community,” said MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
Joining the chorus, Umno Senator Datuk Ikhwan Sujak said there was a need to control speculation in the property market to prevent the prices of houses from being driven up. “Typically, there is a need for houses, a RM400,000 house is cheap compared to others, but there is a need to focus more on affordability,” the leader said.
“As far as the Indian community is concerned, there needs to be more education assistance from the government to help in the development of schools. There should be more youth development programmes to help urbanise the rural children. “I also hope to see an increase in employment opportunities for the community, particularly in the civil service.
- The Malaysian Insider