Wee to Johor govt: Have a heart, don't evict helpless tenants

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019

PETALING JAYA The Johor state government should be more considerate towards tenants who were asked to leave the state government's flats in Pasir Gudang after they failed to pay rental arrears, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“The government or the people’s representatives should carry out their role well and not behave so cruelly,” the MCA president said in a Facebook post Wednesday (April 17).

He said Pakatan Harapan leaders should look at the economic situation and know that the high cost of living is burdening the people.

“Is there any problem faced by these families? Did they purposely refuse to pay rental?” he asked.

Dr Wee said he was shocked to read the news that the residents were chased out of their homes and only given 10 minutes to pack their belongings.

He said Dr Sahruddin Jamal, who was recently sworn in as the Johor Mentri Besar, should at least instruct the assemblyman there to help the residents.

Dr Wee was referring to an article published by Utusan Online, where 11 families were chased out of their flats ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan.

One of the residents, Mohd Zin Mustafa, 47, said he could not pay the rent as he has health problems and could not work.

“It is difficult for my wife to find a job as she is Indonesian. I have four children and two of them have epilepsy. We completely depend on the RM500 per month given by Baitulmal,” he was quoted saying.

They were said to have failed to settle rent payments since 2015.