Some time in 2010, a public uproar erupted when it was quietly revealed that the maximum density would be raised to 87 homes per acre from 15-30 per acre previously. It had been assumed that 87 units per acre...
Attended a discussion on low-income housing in Malaysia and these were some of the points that surfaced. Federal/state policy on low-income housing has failed. Accessibilty and universal design (including pedestrian access) is often indequate. Public transport connections especially outside...
Penang has come up with several new housing rules aimed at cooling down the property bubble. 1. Low-cost and low-medium-cost homes (up tp RM75000) cannot be sold within 10 years unless permission is obtained. Even so, it can only...
The biggest challenge for low-cost housing in the country - apart from actually building enough low-cost homes - is the maintenance of these blocks. The effectiveness of the maintenance depends on: the level of community solidarity (including an accountable...
As the ringgit depreciates and as US quantitative easing tapers off, the era of low interest rates and cheap credit via bonds - the primary drivers of speculative investment - could soon end. Could that, in turn, lead to...