An Efficient Public Housing Policy

By:

Wong Tsu Soon

Affiliations:

Agora Society Malaysia

Policy Code:

3e Economic Justice

Problem Statement:

- Urban housing cost is hiking, free market can’t stop real estate speculation by who are able to do so
- Lack of maintenance of government flats, deteriorate living environment has negative impact to residents’ physical and mental health
- Public housing only for low income blocks residents’ upward social mobility

Value(s) and Belief(s):

Housing is a basic human right, only when free from worrying of housing a person can move forward and create a better life.

Proposal of Solution:

- Financial and power decentralisation of public housing to state governments and local authorities
- Transform unmarketable apartments/condominiums to publicly rentable units
- Subsidy and higher priority public housing rental approval for fresh graduates
- Public housing should be applicable to any income groups, preference based on working location
- The main consideration of approval should be the working location of applicants, to encourage short commuting and mixed income groups in an estate
- The rental should be set to not exceed market price, based on income bracket, and adjustable according to distance to working location, the nearer the cheaper
- The applicants with property should be considered in discretion of authorities based on working location as well, probably with higher rental

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