Housing and Local Government Minister says she is considering a campaign to get people in China and Hong Kong to buy unsold higher-end properties in Malaysia.
The state government says its pilot rent-to-own housing schemes are doing well.
Melaka-based property developer says the inability of people to afford homes is the real issue that should be addressed.
Lau Zheng Zhou of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute says this will bring in income and reduce the need to build more affordable homes.
If you have RM34,000 in cash as the downpayment of a RM200,000 home, go ahead and buy. But for those who don't, renting is the better option.
Skim itu akan memberi pemilikan rumah kepada penyewa asal tanpa deposit dengan memenuhi syarat tertentu.
A real estate consultant says renting offers more flexibility while Khazanah Research Institute says the rental must also be affordable.
A developer and a house buyer group welcome suggestion that state governments buy low-cost houses and then resell them to the lower income group, but a think tank warns this may be problematic.
Johari Abdul Ghani says renting instead of buying would also help people enhance job mobility by enabling them to be free to explore opportunities in other cities.