A general view of the Cheras housing project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This development is a low-rise, low-cost housing project that Tay Kheng Soon undertook in mid-1970s. Comprising 676 two-storey houses built for the lower income groups, it is located on a 4.79 hectares site. The original sale price of each unit was M$5000 and each of them has a 13 square metres garden. The houses are arranged in straight lines to catch the prevailing wind, and are arranged in back-to-back clusters of four units around a 2.5 metre wide 'breezeway'. The project was suggested by then Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak in 1975 who wanted to build low cost houses for the low income group in urban areas.
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