News: A Change In Gov’t Gives Family A Chance to Get A PPR Flat

Jun 12, 2018

 

Homeownership among the lower-income group is more challenging given their socio-economic conditions. However, with the right knowledge and financial understanding, securing a roof over one’s head can be achieved. 

A family who has been staying in a dilapidated home at Kampung Pasir, Kuala Lumpur finally gets a chance to live at a People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kerinchi, reported The Star.

Wife Farizah Ibrahim said they went to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in 2016 to apply for PPR unit, but the application was not granted.

“DBKL kept telling my family to wait, even though there were many empty units available in most PPR flats,” she said.

But now Farizah and her husband, who sells burger to earn income, are set to move into their PPR unit next week after obtaining a letter of offer from the new MP for Lembah Pantai Fahmi Fadzil on Thursday (7 June).

According to Fahmi, he learned about the family’s plight in April and had raised this issue to city hall.

“After the election, I was surprised to see they were still here.” His staff then contacted DBKL again so the latter will visit the family and check on their living conditions. After being visited by city officials, DBKL finally offered the family a flat at PPR Kerinchi.

Meanwhile, residents of PPR projects in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are glad that the new government plans to clamp down on PPR residents who are renting space to foreigners, with Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin giving residents three months to evict expatriates.

However, PPR residents also want more stringent action against those renting premises to other Malaysians.

“They should also check on owners renting to locals as this is not allowed as well,” said Abd Rahman Mohamad, a resident of PPR Seri Semarak.

A representative from DBKL confirmed that there are existing rules prohibiting PPR residents from subletting their units to foreigners and locals. The residents also need to lease a PPR flats for 10 years before they are allowed to purchase the unit.

Kepong Community Centre Head Yee Poh Ping contend that PPR owners must not rent out their units to get extra income.

“PPR owners who abuse this opportunity for side income are depriving deserving families of a chance to own or rent a unit.”

“There are still 80,000 families on the waiting list for the PPR flats,” he noted, adding that those who can afford to large vehicles should surrender their flats so those who really need a PPR flat can live there.

Furthermore, Friends of Kota Damansara Chairman Jeffrey Phang urged companies employing foreign workers to provide decent accommodations to their staff. Otherwise, they worsening the problems at PPR flats.

“If you are bringing them in, then make sure you accommodate them. Don’t pass the social burden to the government and the society,” he added.
 

Image sourced from The Star Online

 
This article was edited by the editorial team of PropertyGuru. To contact them about this or other stories email editorialteam@propertyguru.com.my
 

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