PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has urged the Johor government to be more considerate towards residents in Pasir Gudang who were asked to leave their flats after they failed to pay the rental arrears.
He said Pakatan Harapan leaders should find out about the economic situation and how the high cost of living was burdening the people.
“Is there any problem faced by these families? Did they purposely refuse to pay rental?” he asked in a Facebook posting yesterday.
Dr Wee said he was shocked to read the news that the affected residents were chased out of their homes and only given 10 minutes to pack their belongings.
He was referring to a news item published in Utusan Online, which reported about 11 families being chased out of their flats ahead of Ramadan next month.
He said Dr Sahruddin Jamal, the new Johor Mentri Besar, should at least instruct the assemblyman concerned to help these residents.
“The problems should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure such incidents would not happen again,” he said.
One of the residents, Mohd Zin Mustafa, 47, said he could not pay rental as he had 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 depend on the RM500 per month given by Baitulmal,” he was quoted as saying.