FT Ministry to provide rent assistance, says Nong Chik
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry, through Kuala Lumpur City Hall, will be setting aside 10 per cent from the proceeds of sale of houses under the People’s Housing Scheme to set up a fund to assist tenants of such houses who are having difficulty paying their monthly rental.
Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said about 20 per cent of the tenants were now behind on their rent, and of the figure, half could not afford the rental.
“It is this 10 per cent who we will try to help. The rest must meet their obligations,” he told a press conference after attending a Mother’s Day event organised by Pusat 1 Malaysia Lembah Pantai here today. Some 200 mothers turned up for the event.
Raja Nong Chik said the size of the fund would depend on the number of houses sold, estimated to be between 12,000 and 15,000 units under the first phase and the total expected to be in the region of 50,000 units.
According to him, the fund would give priority to tenants who were single mothers and the infirm.
He also said his ministry would be going after tenants who deliberately avoided paying rent for the houses. — Bernama