KOTA KINABALU, 19 MARCH 2018: Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA) is committed in assisting the state of Sabah to address issues concerning digital divide via the development of its housing projects, which will all be equipped with broadband facilities.
The presence of PR1MA projects in the state’s urban, sub-urban and new urban areas could potentially power initiatives to improve digital connectivity in Sabah – thus contributing towards the creation of a sustainable and harmonious community.
PR1MA Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Abdul Mutalib Alias said PR1MA projects are catalytic in nature. Aside from creating harmonious community living, PR1MA also aims to bring urbanization throughout the country.
“Having good digital infrastructure could help improve lives, not only in connecting people but also as an important wealth creation tool to further encourage them to leverage on e-commerce to improve their livelihood,” he said at a press conference after hosting a visit by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak at the largest nationwide home expo Ekspo Jualan Perumahan - Ke Arah Sejuta Impian (Sabah Edition), here, today.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said that the Federal Government is always looking at ways to further improve digital connectivity in the country, particularly in rural areas – including those in Sabah and Sarawak.
In fact, in the recent 2018 budget announcement, the Government, via Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has allocated RM1 billion to develop communications infrastructure, including broadband, in Sabah and Sarawak
“What PR1MA is doing complements efforts made by the Federal Government to improve the digital divide, particularly in rural areas. Hopefully, with better digital connectivity, soon we can see more Sabahans using the internet to further grow their business and potentially venture into international markets with their local offerings,” he added.
PR1MA Members of Corporation (MOC) has approved the development of 30,155 units of PR1MA Homes in Sabah, the biggest property project in the state with an estimated gross development value (GDV) of more than RM7.5 billion.
More than 17,000 units of PR1MA homes are currently in various stages of construction in Sabah, of which some 5,000 units will be up for sale in the first quarter 2018 to the middle-income group (M40) residing in the state who are interested to own quality homes, equipped with offerings and amenities to suit their lifestyle.
Among the projects up for sale in the first three months this year are PR1MA@ Borneo Cove (999 units), PR1MA@Kota Marudu (360 units), PR1MA@Ranggu (1,300 units), PR1MA@Kinarut South (502 units), PR1MA@Menggatal (1,200 units), PR1MA@Sandakan City Centre (750 units) and PR1MA@Kota Marudu 2 (360 units).
Sabah, to date, is the second highest state in the country to receive MOC approval to develop PR1MA homes, after Selangor (51,992 units), followed by Johor (23,584 units), Melaka (22,514 units) and Perak (20,148 units).
As at December 2017, PR1MA’s MOC has approved the development of 261,248 units of PR1MA homes nationwide, of which 141,661 units are under various stages of construction, with an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM35.4 billion.