Citizen-Friendly Houses for Citizens 

Some 240 Rumah Mesra Rakyat (RMR) (citizen-friendly houses) will be constructed via a joint effort between Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB), a national housing development company, and Yayasan Perak.

According to the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, through this collaboration, applicants only need to pay for 70 percent of the construction cost while the remaining will be funded by SPNB.

He added that the ‘Perakku Prihatin’ RMR project is specially for low-income and/or B40 groups, along with those who fulfill conditions set by Yayasan Perak.

“The state government expresses their utmost gratitude for SPNB’s willingness to engage in this joint effort, as previous RMR projects were undertaken by Yayasan Perak alone.

“For instance, previously built houses at 900 square feet priced at RM50,000 each can be built in bigger sizes with a part of the construction cost funded by SPNB.

“Undoubtedly, this’ll benefit applying citizens, besides being able to build more houses with the additional allocation.”

He told reporters so during a media session after witnessing the signing of memorandums of understanding (MoU) for the RMR development at Casuarina Hotel in Meru Raya earlier today (March 23).

The MoU was signed between SPNB with Yayasan Perak and the Malaysian Malay Contractors Association (PKMM) Perak.

SPNB was represented by chief executive officer Datuk Hasleen Isnin; Yayasan Perak with chairman Datuk Tarmizi Idris; and PKMM Perak with president Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Andul Rahim.

PKMM Perak is involved as a provider of job opportunities for Grade F contractors experienced in the construction of RMR houses.

Also present were the Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin.

SPNB also introduced six new RMR models based on contemporary concepts during the ceremony.

One of the new designs is a house of 1,000 square feet wide, complete with two rooms and three washrooms.

For further reading of the RMR project, refer to this article by Ipoh Echo.


Chris Teh & Rosli Mansor


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