KOTA KINABALU: Those who are not eligible to live in the People's Housing Project (PPR) units will be evicted soon, said Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic).
The state Local Government and Housing Minister said that the authorities have been informed and were aware that there were proxies and ineligible individuals staying in these units.
Masidi said they were also aware that some had been renting out their units to others, to generate income.
“I am sure this is not only happening in one district but many other PPR areas, and that is why we have now set up a task force to ensure that only the hardcore poor or B40 groups live there,” he said during the question and answer session at the state legislative assembly sitting here, Tuesday (Nov 29).
He was responding to a supplementary question by Moyog assemblyman Datuk Darell Leiking about the possibility of such incidents happening, based on allegations and hearsay from the public.
“We will have officials going to all the PPR houses to check on the residents and those who are not eligible will be evicted. This is to ensure that only the targeted B40 groups get to enjoy this assistance,” said Masidi.
Earlier, Masidi said that the PPR project was not meant for long-term stay but more as a transit home before residents can afford their own place.
He also said that he was not sure if some of those living in these PPR homes were drivers, but there were some luxury vehicles parked outside these homes meant for the poor.
The rental for a PPR unit is less than RM200 per month.
“We must stop approving applications based on recommendations, but ensure that genuine recipients from the B40 group get help,” Masidi said.
He also assured the floor that the government was doing its best to expedite the construction of other PPR units, which have been delayed for quite some time due to various reasons including technical issues.