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Shahidan Kassim appointed as PR1MA chairman

He has also been appointed as chairman of the National Housing Corporation.

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Arau MP Shahidan Kassim.
Arau MP Shahidan Kassim.

Arau MP Shahidan Kassim has been appointed as chairman of Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA), effective immediately.

In announcing the matter, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said Shahidan’s five-term experience as an elected representative and his vast experience in governance were needed to boost PR1MA’s performance.

His experience as the Perlis menteri besar and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department can also help PR1MA achieve its mission of providing affordable housing in the country, she said during a visit to the PR1MA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Zuraida also announced the appointment of Shahidan as chairman of the National Housing Corporation (NHC).

NHC, established under the housing and local government ministry, will coordinate all housing development agencies in terms of planning and preparing financial plans for the construction of affordable houses.

Shahidan’s appointment as PR1MA chairman is to replace Eddy Chen who held the post in 2018.

Zuraida said NHC’s focus is, among others, to carry out research and strategic housing planning, as well as to overcome the issue of imbalanced housing supply-demand, especially for affordable housing.

“It will also look at several matters including the act, licensing and enforcement of housing legislation to safeguard the interests of all parties involved in the housing industry such as buyers, developers, contractors and financiers,” she said.

NHC is also aimed at managing housing incentives, rental schemes, home financing, maintenance and overhang units.