Rent for PPR housing waived for one month

PETALING JAYA: The Housing and Local Government Ministry has announced that low-cost people's housing project (PPR) residents will be exempted from paying rent for a month.

According to Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic), this will ease the burden of Malaysians due to the two-weeks movement control order (MCO), which is scheduled to end on March 31.

The rental exemption will benefit 9,185 PPR units under the purview of the Housing and Local Government Ministry, namely the Sentul Murni PPR, Rumah Transit Bukit Jalil, Lembah Subang PPR 1, Lembah Subang PPR 2, Kg Hassan Hulu Selangor PPR, Ladang Siliau Port Dickson PPR, Tok Suboh PPR, Amanjaya PPR, Kota Setar PPR, Sinar Intan PPR 3, Gua Musang PPR and Kota Baru PPR, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday (March 21).

When contacted, Zuraida said the rent-free month would be in March.

She also urged local authorities to use their discretion when exempting rent for small vendors forced to shut down their businesses due to the MCO.

"Besides that, local authorities are also urged to ensure that every supermarket, hypermarket and grocery stores practise social distancing, provide hand sanitisers at entrances and exits, as well as frequently clean trolley handles and baskets to prevent further Covid-19 infection.

"The ministry, through the local government, will cooperate with the Welfare Department to monitor and ensure that private old folks home have adequate necessities throughout the MCO," she said.

The MCO was is in effect nationwide from March 18 to 31.

At present, Malaysia has a total of 1,183 cases and eight fatalities caused by the Covid-19.

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