KOTA TINGGI: The National Public Housing Management Corporation will soon take over all projects under the People’s Housing Projects (PPR).
Deputy Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the move was part of the government’s initiative to improve the management of the PPR.
She said it would be proper if the ministry itself carried out the responsibility of collecting rent and maintaining these homes as the PPRs were constructed by the corporation.
“Previously, state governments were given the tasks of rental collection and maintenance. However, there are several projects facing problems such as high rent arrears and poor maintenance.
“Such failures involve several state governments with some PPRs being not much different than squatter areas,” she told reporters after attending a Tenggara parliamentary constituency event yesterday.
Halimah, who is also Tenggara member of parliament, added that the new management would also work on improving infrastructure to ensure the comfort of those who lived in PPR areas.
She said among the projects not well-managed was PPR Lembah Subang Satu in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, where tenants had let out their units to third parties, especially foreigners, collecting rents of between RM1,000 and RM1,200 per month, or 10 times higher than the original rate.
“We will take stern action to forfeit the flats and cancel the tenancy agreement. Flats which are forfeited will be transferred to other Malaysians, she said.