Adenan (centre) touring the exhibition booths at BCCK, Kuching. Pic – Jeffery Mostapha

Sarawak Government will allocate more lands in towns, cities in the State to meet the increasing demand for housing and getting rid of certain red tapes in an effort to curb the spiraling properties price in the State.

“We will try to open up more land by increasing infrastructure development like what we did in constructing roads to Samarahan and other areas,” Adenan said at the opening of Sarawak Housing and Real Estates Development Association (Sheda) Property Exhibition 2014 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Kuching Saturday, report The Borneo Post.

“But let me remind you if that result in land cost being reduced let that be passed on to house buyers. Don’t retain it for yourself,”  Adenan told property developers attending the event, adding  the government  will ensure house prices are within reach all Sarawakians.

Kidurong Heights among the areas in Bintulu being earmarked for property development in Bintulu.

Kidurong Heights among the areas in Bintulu being earmarked for property development in Bintulu.

“Everybody wants a home and we are going to develop a house owning society like Singapore where almost 80 per cent of the population owns a house,” he said.

The Chief Minister also suggested that certain procedures can be simplified to shorten application and approval period which would help reduce properties prices.

He tasked Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to call for a meeting among the Housing Ministry, regulatory bodies, Land and Survey Department, housing developers and housing corporations to work together to find ways to improve the state’s housing industry.

“I think there ought to be exchange of minds and as a contribution let me say now that I am going to direct the Land and Survey Department to simplify the approval for getting housing projects.

“We have to open up more land outside urban centres because we cannot have full concentration in the city although at the moment we have not reached a stage to encourage decentralisation yet,” he said.