KUALA LUMPUR: About 1,300 housing units in Sentul and Bukit Kiara here will be demolished and replaced with new housing projects, said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said houses under the new housing project, to be implemented under the Kuala Lumpur Modernisation programme, would be given to selected owners of the demolished housing units for free.

“About 1,000 flat units that were built about 30 years ago in the Sentul area, with a floor area of about 480sq ft, will be demolished and the owners will be given new housing units, which will be bigger, for free.”

He said this move would affect occupants of longhouses in Bukit Kiara, totalling about 300 units.

He said the houses that would built under the programme would cost about RM200,000 per unit.

Annuar, who is Ketereh member of parliament, said this after distributing Hari Raya Aidilfitri contributions to residents in Kok Lanas in Kota Baru yesterday.

Elaborating on the proposed housing project, he said it would be built using private funds with the government providing only the site.

On another issue, he said the ministry planned to build 5,000 units of homes under the Residensi Prihatin programme for those working in Kuala Lumpur and with a household income of less than RM4,000.

Application for the houses, which would cost RM250,000 per unit, would be open to those aged 35 and below, he said. – BERNAMA