The Johor government has set aside RM78 million to clean up rivers, drains, and water reservoirs in preparation for possible flooding.
Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor, chairman of the State Housing and Local Government Committee, stated that the work has been completed in stages by the state’s 16 local authorities (PBT) since last year.
He stated that the locations included the 100 flood hot spot areas that were detected within the PBT supervision area, with the majority of them being in Johor Bahru district, and that the cleanup also included residential areas.
“We are doing this with the cooperation of various parties, including the Department of Irrigation and Drainage. Some of the tasks can be completed in three to six months,” he told reporters after officiating the UDA 2023 Carnival at Angsana Johor Bahru Mall here.
In the meantime, Mohd Jafni stated that the State Government welcomes the cooperation of developers who are willing to build houses for RM300,000 or less.
“Previously, developers were worried about these affordable homes not being sold, but now they need not fear, as the State Government will help market the properties involved, and we will help sell them to the target group.
“We have also held a meeting with 57 developer companies before, and from that meeting, we got a commitment to build 14,000 affordable housing units throughout the state,” he said.
He was confident that, with the cooperation of developers, the State Government’s target of constructing 30,000 affordable housing units by 2026 could be met.