Implications of the people’s housing programme policy / Baharuddin Mat Asek

Mat Asek, Baharuddin (2012) Implications of the people’s housing programme policy / Baharuddin Mat Asek. Journal of Administrative Science, 9 (2). pp. 43-61. ISSN 1675-1302


Housing policy in Malaysia is not much linked to other social policies that dealing with poverty reduction. The poverty issues are tackled by the government through sectoral, instead of issue based approach, thus making an integrated approach not feasible. Housing policy is supposed to fix the past mistakes and to have a better future. The People’s Housing Programme (PHP) tried to solve urban housing problems but on the contrarily, it symbolized and stigmatized its dwellers. Policy wise, housing programmes should work with the market. However, due to discrepancies in selling price between PHP and market price, there are supply and equity implications. Buyers of PHP are better off because they buy at a much
cheaper price. Instead of supplying housing directly, vouchers are better option; the government can target the poorest of the poor and be able to promote non-concentration objectives. The poor families can move into the private rental housing and to neighbourhoods of higher income. However, production subsidies instead of voucher need to be used in promoting neighbourhood redevelopment. Nevertheless, production subsidies may
be used for the elderly, mentally and physically disable person’s housing. PHP housing policy, with a “one size fits all” model does not work. People have different housing needs and priorities change through time. The regional solutions are pertinent, in this case states and local authorities must remove regulatory barriers. PHP implementation has the potential to reduce housing supply for the poor and low income groups. Furthermore, it discourages the state government’s involvement in housing planning and development.


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Mat Asek, Baharuddin
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > Public policy (General). Policy sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > Public policy (General). Policy sciences > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Administrative Science
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Administrative Science (JAS)
ISSN: 1675-1302
Volume: 9
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 43-61
Keywords: Housing; policy; subsidy; implementation; Malaysia
Date: December 2012
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