MALAYSIA Funeral Public Association (PIPM) is urging Jinjang Funeral Parlour in Jinjang South, Kuala Lumpur, to scrap their plans of increasing room rental fees for funeral services.
Funeral operators said they were informed about the RM50 increase in rental fees per night via a letter in May from Chinese Cemetery Association of Kepong, Jinjang and Batu Village, which manages the funeral parlour.
The new fees were supposed to take effect in June but had been delayed until August.
Representing about 30 members, PIPM president Kong Thian Hau said the association was against any increase as it was untimely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It used to be RM750 per night but they intend to increase the fee to RM800.
“On May 20, we requested for a formal discussion with them about the rental fee increase and raised three other issues.
“These include the need to pay a RM300 cleaning deposit, the cleanliness of the premises as well as carpark security, ” he said during a press conference held in Jinjang Utara.
Kong said the cemetery association gave a written reply on June 23, stating that they would delay the increase in room rentals until August.
“They also said the RM300 cleaning deposit fee would remain and the rubbish area would be relocated to ensure the cleanliness of the premises, ” he said.
Kong said if the room rental fees increased, the clients might have to bear the cost.
Meanwhile, Foo Heng Bereavement Sdn Bhd representative Datuk Woo Ban Foo said this was the fourth time the funeral parlour had increased the fees.
“They have been increasing it by RM100 a year since 2017.
“The fee is the most expensive in Kuala Lumpur as other places charge only about RM600 for a night, ” he said.
Also present were Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng and Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping.
Lim said he had met with the cemetery association, where he is an adviser, about the matter last month and planned to meet with them again soon.
“I hope they will understand that the increase in room rental will be a burden to the people, ” he said.
Yee said he would suggest to the management to halt the increase in room rentals for the moment.