ISKANDAR PUTERI, The state government has started deducting the People’s Housing Project (PPR) rental payments directly from tenants’ monthly financial aid since last month, said Johor Housing, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said several other foundations supervised by the local authorities were awaiting the approval of the Board of Trustees to enable them to take similar measure.
Dzulkefly said the deductions should be made to ensure tenants made good use of the money including paying for their house rents.
It is hoped that this would also settle the problem of rental payment arrears which at times were five to 18 years behind, he said adding that the monthly payment was only about RM200 a month.
I understand that the foundations will give lump sum payment to cover one-year rental and if the amount is paid directly to the recipients, the money could be misused,’ he told reporters after officiating the Johor Affordable Housing open voting ceremony at the Dato’ Abdul Rahman Andak Building here today.
He added that if the housing monthly installments were deducted directly, the tenants were assured of a roof over their head, even in difficult times,
He was asked to comment on the proposal to cooperate with various agencies including the Social Welfare Department (JKM) to make direct deductions for PPR monthly rental from residents’ monthly assistance, so that the issue over outstanding rental payment could be settled.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)