RM 200 million has been secured for Public Housing projects
On 11 April 2008, the Prime Minister, who is also IRDA Co-chairman, announced an allocation of RM200 million to implement public housing in Iskandar Malaysia. The project which is approved under the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) period, is envisaged to become a showcase to the new implementation of public housing. The objective is to build a better and improved quality rental housing in Iskandar Malaysia with improved public facilities in conducive living environment.
To ensure the objective is achieved, IRDA has developed the Affordable Public Housing Guidelines, followed by the design brief which was concluded in September 2008. The first phase of this project would involve the construction of approximately 1,500 units of houses, each with the minimum area of 900 square feet, in a 3 ½ to 4 storey apartment blocks. Other prominent features of this project design are the elements of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), utilization of IBS system, eco-friendly and promotes interaction amongst community.
Maintenance and management aspect of this housing is also vital as this project should set the benchmark for future public housing projects in the country. Hence, IRDA initiated a study on "Five (5) Years Strategic Business Plan for Iskandar Housing Management Company (IHMC)". Also undertaken is the development of the housing database and profiling target group for appropriate selection of tenants and beneficiaries.
Iskandar Malaysia provide local graduate with on-the-job experience
The Iskandar Malaysia Graduates Employability Enhancement Programme (GREEN), a collaboration with Khazanah Nasional Berhad is designed to serve as a template for future initiatives in training Malaysians for jobs within Iskandar Malaysia. The programme is focused on providing participants with opportunities to improve their skills and assist them in gaining work experience towards finding suitable employment.
After its launch in September 2008, 250 graduates were selected to be pioneers in the programme from 19 October to 24 December, 2008 and the participants are provided with communication training and project management skills. The participants were fresh graduates who were job seeking or with jobs not related to their areas of study. Upon completion, they were sent for a 10-month attachment with organisations such as Government Linked Companies (GLCs) and other private companies commencing January 2009. More than 30 companies signed up to support this initiative, mostly operating within Iskandar Malaysia.
Most participants claimed that the programme provided them with communication skills, brushed them up on English proficiency and fluency, enhanced one's confidence in facing the working world and the importance of teamwork. IRDA oversees the overall programme and act as the coordinator between graduates and companies.
Enhancing the skill standards in the local construction industry