SELANGOR State Development Corporation (PKNS) has successfully helped 961 residents of Bukit Botak own homes through the Bukit Botak Relocation Programme when they received offer letters for their single-storey semi-detached homes.
PKNS has been entrusted by the state government to ensure a total of 1,422 units of the three-bedroom/two-bath homes, measuring 850 sq ft and equipped with modern features.
The project, which was scheduled to be completed this month, was taken over in September 2010 after the state government successfully reclaimed the land that was initially developed by another private developer.
The delighted residents expressed relief and happiness at a recent ceremony in Selayang where they received their offer letters to own the RM99,000 homes.
Civil servant retiree Khamisan Mastam, 70, who had been living in Bukit Botak for 25 years, was thrilled to receive the offer letter.
"I am truly thankful to the Selangor government and PKNS as the developer for their intervention which revived the affordable homes project and build affordable homes which are beautifully cosy for the middle-income earners such as myself," said Khamisan.
Housewife Rajiaah Omar, 73, said she never expected that at her age she could afford a house. "A big thank-you goes to the Selangor state government and PKNS."
Sixty-year-old Ami Badu, who has been living in Bukit Botak for 32 years as a squatter thanked PKNS, saying, "I am grateful to the state government and PKNS for realising my dream of owning a home as beautiful as this."
PKNS general manager Othman Omar said the state property developer had subsidised the full amount of the Bukit Botak development of RM80 million as part of its corporate social Responsibility (CSR) effort.
PKNS will also be building a surau, day care centre and a recreational park as the development will represent a new benchmark for more affordable housing development projects in Selangor that will be undertaken by PKNS in the future, he added.
PKNS is currently building affordable apartments which will see 124 apartment units in Bandar Baru Bangi.
As part of the state government's plan to increase more affordable housing units for Selangor-ians, PKNS is targetting 12,000 affordable home units within the next 10 years especially in Gombak, Antara Gapi, Kota Puteri, Seksyen U12, Selangor Science Park II and Bandar Sultan Suleiman, Klang.