KUALA LUMPUR: Greed is the reason that some registered lessees of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) and Public Housing Project (PA)are prepared to rent out their homes to foreigners for quick profit.
These projects are implemented to provide housing facility for the less-affordable group in the city, which is in tandem with the government’s slogan of ‘People’s First, Performance Now’.
The PPR and PA housing units under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) are leased to the registered lessees for between RM94 and RM124 a month, which is the lowest rental rate in Kuala Lumpur.
These housing projects are equipped with surau, multi-purpose hall, futsal court, 1Malaysia Clinic, children playground and other facilities for the convenience of the occupants.
It is learnt that the houses are rented to foreigners for between RM300 and RM500 a month.
PPR Intan Baiduri Block B secretary, Abdul Rahman Abdul Razak, who has been staying there for more than five years, said the presence of foreigners in the area was because they were also occupying the PPR houses.
He said the increasing number of foreigners in the area had created discomfort among the registered lessees.
He regarded the action of those responsible for renting out the housing units to foreigners as unfair and sheer greed as there were still many deserving people waiting to stay there.
Some of the units are rented out to foreigners to up to RM1,000 per unit, he said.
Meanwhile, Hidayah Mohammad, 29, an occupants of the PPR Kampung Baru Air Panas, said those who rented out their houses to others were not eligible to be given the PPR housing units.
“These people already have their own house. The housing projects are for Malaysians, not foreigners,” she said.
Another occupant of PPR Intan Baiduri, Sofian Said, 44, hoped DBKL would carry out an operation to detect PPR housing units that were occupied by foreigners.
DBKL should take possession of these houses and give to other deserving Malaysians, he added.