File pic / Ruggeri Anthony

File pic / Ruggeri Anthony

Sarawak Housing Minister said more houses will be build in rapidly developing Bintulu over the next few years.

“If renting a room or house cost between RM800 to RM1,000 and more here, that’s mean we need to build more houses in Bintulu,” Datuk Amar Abang Johari said.

According to Abang Johari they had established an affordable house lab to study the issues pertaining to the spiraling property prices in the state.

“We have new laws. The laws allow us to control the price of a house,” he said while adding Government will create a new category of affordable housing costing less than RM300,000 in Sarawak.

Government will also establish a mechanism to impose a levy on developer of a failed housing project and to take over the houses said Abang Johari.

The State Housing Minister was in Bintulu to officiate Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Sarawak Housing and Real Estate (SHEDA) roadshow at Parkcity Everly Hotel yesterday.