WHILE residents of people’s housing projects (PPR) in Selangor are grateful for the moratorium on rental, they hope the relief can be extended beyond one month.
A longer deferment or waiver, they said, would better serve the residents who are economically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Petaling Jaya, PPR Kota Damansara Residents Association secretary Rosita Abdul Hamid said that being able to spend the rental money for other purposes would be welcome.
“There are many residents here who rely on any form of relief, especially those who have lost their jobs.
“Luckily a few groups and organisations have stepped in to provide basic provisions. Any extra cash can be used to buy fresh food or other necessities,” she added.
However, Rosita advised those who could afford to pay the monthly rental to do so to avoid arrears in the future.
“As this is not a waiver but a payment deferment, we would still be required to pay later,” she said, adding that rental was RM250 per month.
Selangor government recently announced its second financial package Pakej Kita Selangor 2.0: Bersama Menuju Kejayaan to help the state’s people and businesses affected by the pandemic.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state would defer payment for July’s rent for 2,632 PPR occupants and 477 participants of Skim Smart Sewa, with a financial implication of RM900,000.
PPR Lembah Subang 2 Block A Resident Association chairman Ahmad Ridzuan Salleh hoped the state would consider extending the relief until the end of the year.
“There are many tenants who cannot pay the monthly rent due to several reasons, including not being able to go out to trade.
“We try to channel aid from non-governmental organisations to those who really need it but there is not enough to go around,” he said, adding that there were many disabled people and single mothers living at the PPR.
On the deferred rental payment, Selangor housing and urban well-being, entrepreneur development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said residents would not be required to pay in a lump sum.
“We know it would be a burden if they have to pay the entire amount at once.
“They will be allowed to pay the deferred rent over a six-month period,” she said when contacted.
Rodziah added that a similar programme last year saw 60% of residents opting not to take the moratorium offered.
“We also understand that more people may have to take up the moratorium this year due to the prolonged effects of the pandemic and lockdown,” she said.
On requests for an extension on the moratorium period, Rodziah said it would depend on further announcements by the federal and state governments.