By THE EDGE
KUALA LUMPUR: Major property developers are receptive of the government’s initiative to encourage the 10:90 concept of house purchase and delivery that promotes the completion of 10% of a building before sale, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
He said: “The big developers are quite forthcoming (and) also want to try this system.”
However, he added these developers should be given time to introduce the concept. He was speaking to reporters yesterday at a media briefing about the status of the one-stop centre (OSC) programme for property developers to submit applications relating to their projects.
Ong said the government was expected to fully roll out the e-local authority programme (EPBT) by end-2008. EPBT is an electronic service, which allows local councils to offer services such as payment of taxes, quit rent and sending of complaints online that will also benefit property developers where layout plans for houses and infrastructure could be done online.
He said the ministry had carried out a pilot project of six EPBTs at a cost of RM5 million that began in April 2007 and completed in August this year, and expected the rollout programme for all 144 local councils to be completed by end-200 “Some (local councils) are already equipped with their own information technology systems (but) we want to standardise EPBT so there is a uniformed way of checking,” he said.
On the status of the OSC, Ong said the programme was a success as the ministry had received 2,193 applications. He said the ministry had received positive feedback and was exploring new avenues of improving it.