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48 inch TV and 3 door fridge at PPR flat but don’t pay rent

July 13th, 2011
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“They told me when they first moved into their respective units, they were told by some politicians in the area that they were there for free.”

Either politicians become the scapegoats or politicians simply told stuff that they can’t guarantee. Usually happens when people are relocated from areas being redeveloped. They may be from a non-rent paying house, and can’t comprehend that they are being displaced and have to pay rent on top of that.

They can invest in entertainment and other necessities, but not able to pay rent because its not a priority and there’s always a way around later. Can get politicians to appeal, or get some fund from government to settle the arrears.


PPR Desa RejangHIGH LEAVING: PPR Desa Rejang flats where most occupants choose to stay for free

KUALA LUMPUR: A majority of residents living in the People’s Housing Project (PPR) homes in Kuala Lumpur, who fail to pay rental, are not poor. Instead, they are just indifferent and plain stubborn.

This was revealed to The Malay Mail by City Hall’s housing management director, Sukiman Surahman.

Sukiman said out of the 52,914 families renting PPR units, 41,029 of them were defaulters and out of the total number of defaulters, only 20 per cent can be categorised as hardcore poor.

PPR door bills

The other 80 per cent can afford the rent, but instead they are just plain stubborn. They know there is a monthly rent to be paid but they just can’t be bothered,” he said.

Sukiman got a shock when he recently visited PPR Kampung Muhibbah in Puchong and found many residents lived in comfort and yet failed to pay their monthly dues to City Hall.

“There’s nothing free in this world. The residents have to change their mindsets and start paying rent accordingly. If they face problems in paying their rent, they could always talk to us and we could work out an appropriate payment plan for them.”

City Hall, he said, identified 2000 PPR units that were in the hands of hardcore poor as of April this year.

The people who live in these units are usually those unemployed, have children with little furniture and with no financial assistance from any source.”

“We have also identified other families in the poor category. These families receive some form of financial help,” he said.

“As of April, we identified 1,600 PPR units with people who receive financial assistance from Baitumal as well as 600 unit occupants who receive financial assistance from the Social Welfare Department,” he said.

Sukiman said when encountering such families, City Hall usually adviced them on their next course of action.

“When I was doing my rounds at PPR Taman Mulia, I encountered a family of ten living in a unit. Both parents were jobless. Their eight young non-school going children stayed at home.

“This family owes City Hall RM8,000 in rent. We referred them to several bodies. Yayasan Wilayah sponsors their children to school, the Social Welfare Department gave them some form of monetary aid to carry on with their lives. Baitumal helped them with their rent,” he said.

Sukiman said plans are afoot to group the 2000 units of hardcore poor families for transfer into one separate PPR area.

“This will make it easier for the government to monitor them. Probably, we can get companies to help them as part of their corporate social responsibility programme,” he said.

48′ flat screen TVs … but they don’t pay rent

CITY HALL’s housing management director, Sukiman Surahman was taken aback when he visited PPR Kampung Muhibbah in Puchong.

“I visited a family who owes City Hall about RM17,000 in rent after not paying for more than 10 years.

I felt something amiss upon entering the hall of the house which contained a 48-inch flat screen television.

“Then upon entering a room, I saw another 36-inch flat screen television set. The house also had a three-door refrigerator.

The surprises did not end there.

“I went to another unit which owes us RM11,000 in rent. Can you imagine that?”

Sukiman said when he asked the families why they failed to pay their dues for so long, they told him they are not aware of such payments.

“They told me when they first moved into their respective units, they were told by some politicians in the area that they were there for free.

On explaining to them that there was no such thing as ‘free’ the families have agreed to pay their dues.

source: http://mmail.com.my/content/77703-ppr-rent-issue-freeloaders

Financial aid for poor Tamil school students in KL

July 4th, 2011
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I guess have to move fast, because now only want to do survey. Its not as if this problem just cropped up!

Sometimes, the parent from low income category won’t bother paying school fees because they know it would be covered under KWAM or other government schemes. Worse case, the teachers or HM will get some NGO or businessmen to cover the fees.

FINANCIAL aid will be given to poor Tamil schoolchildren in Kuala Lumpur after a survey is conducted by the Education Ministry, said Deputy Urban Development and Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.

Saravanan said nearly a quarter of the Tamil schoolchildren in Kuala Lumpur were under performing because they come from poor homes.

He said from his meetings with chairmen of parent-teacher associations of Tamil Schools he had gathered that there were still many Indian families living in abject poverty.

There are families which do not have even television sets. I can understand if people cannot afford Astro services. But not having a television set is something unheard of in our country,” he said at the launching of the SRJ (Tamil) Segambut annual sports event recently.

The MIC vice-president said there were a large number of pupils who could not afford to pay school fees.

“It is just RM24 per year and if their parents cannot afford even that then they must be given help,” Saravanan said, adding the well being of residents in the city was his ministry’s responsibility.

“We have the allocation but we want to have statistics to show their social economic standing,” he said.

He added that survey forms had been distributed to the chairmen of these PTAs and it would be cross-checked with another survey to be conducted by the Education Department.

Saravanan said the Education Ministry had been notified to conduct a similar survey.

“Only then we will know the financial situation of these poor families and the ministry will start making arrangements for them to receive allocations.

“My ministry has the allocation to eradicate poverty in the city and I will ensure the funds are channelled to hard-core poor families so that their children can do better at school,” he added.

A similar survey conducted last year by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) found that 42% of Tamil schools pupils in the country cannot read and write because they come poor homes.

About 10,000 Tamil school pupils attending Year One are illiterate because they can not afford to attend kindergarten.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/6/29/central/8983851&sec=central

 

 

Who stays in PPR flats?

June 14th, 2011
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I passed by few of the low cost flats in KL area. Indeed, some of them have really expensive cars parked in their compounds. Maybe its time some sort of occupant audit is done to verify if they are eligble for these flats.

Part of the problem is due to relocating squatters or those displaced from plantations. I guess you have to discount these type of occupants. Not sure if the government informed them that they need to pay after being relocated. Or maybe they think since they were displaced, they need not pay any rent in the new place.

 

MERCEDES Benz, LCD television sets, laptops, computers, air-conditioning, wallpaper, wall-to-wall carpeting, marble tiles, these and more can be found in numerous units of people’s housing schemes (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur.

The low-cost housing schemes are built to re-house squatters and for the urban poor, however about 70% of those living in the units do not fall below the poverty line.

Thousands of residents living in these government housing schemes are living in luxury with some owning cars like Mercedes and Honda Civic.

A check by StarMetro at many of the public low-cost flats in the city revealed that at least 80% have Astro, while many have air-conditioners installed.

In the units at PPR Seri Alam in Sungei Besi, owners had made extensive renovations.

The floors have been re-tiled with marble, the toilet doors were changed to foldable ones, while the kitchen area was upgraded to a dry and wet kitchen.

In another unit the owner had installed air-conditioning for both of the rooms. Both rooms also had computers. Some units had been decorated with wallpaper while there is even a unit which had wall carpets installed.

A resident, who did not want to be named, said he was waiting for the government to offer the units for free.

A tenant renting a shop in the same PPR owed DBKL RM15,000 in rental. The shop has since been shut down with the owners no where in sight.

“I have not paid a single month’s rent since I moved into a PPR 10 years ago,’’ said a tenant from PPR Desa Tun Razak.

A PPR Kg Muhibbah resident, who owed City Hall about RM7,000 in rental, said: “I have not paid for years and they (DBKL) will never kick me out.’’

“DBKL offered me a unit on condition that I pay up all rental owed to them. But why should I? It’s been free all along and why would I want to take a loan and buy it now,’’ he added.

 

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/6/14/central/8886425&sec=central

It costs DBKL lots of money obviously!

 

Residents living in government low-cost housing owe City Hall millions of ringgit in rent. Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said 70% of these recalcitrant tenants can easily afford to pay yet refuse to do so.

ERRANT tenants living in public low-cost flats owe Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) more than RM57mil and the figure does not include the RM25mil which is written off as bad debt because the local authority is unable to collect rental from those who absconded.

The highest owed by a tenant from PPR Kg Limau is RM35,581 — rent accumulated since the early 1980’s, while another who is renting a shoplot in PPR Desa Tun Razak owes RM36,171.

About 2,000 tenants of Desa Rejang low-cost housing in Setapak owed the highest amount in rental and water arrears of RM4,566,517.

KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said 70% of those owing rent were recalcitrant tenants who could afford to pay, yet refused to do so.

A total of 52,851 low-cost units are being rented out and 36,995 tenants have rental arrears.

Ahmad Fuad said most of these tenants were squatters relocated from various slum areas in the city into government low-cost flats.

“The government has good intention when they re-housed these people under the zero-squatter policy, but the squatters do not appreciate their new environment where their mindset is used to having everything for free,’’ he said.

Fuad added that Malaysia was the only country in the world where the government provided homes for poor residents at a low rate of between RM90 and RM124 per month.

“You will never get such comfortable units with basic facilities like this in Tokyo or Taiwan,’’

“The government is even selling these flats located at prime areas at only RM35,000 when the units are easily valued between RM80,000 and RM90,000.

“This is the sacrifice our government is making and people still don’t appreciate their blessings,’’ he said.

Fuad also said about 20,000 poor families had been deprived of buying or renting these low-cost units because they were not eligible as the units had been allocated for squatters.

Some families have been on the waiting list since 2004.

DBKL has about 4,000 vacant units which are offered to squatters pending their relocation exercise.

“There are many families who want to buy and rent these units yet we cannot give it to them because they are not squatters.

“The squatters on the other hand refuse to take up the units as they want the government to give them houses.

“In the end, there are no winners yet DBKL is accused for not being sensitive to the needs of the people,’’ he said.

Perhaps the lack of action against errant tenants has proven to be a disincentive.

The situation is made worse by the fact that residents can still have a place to sleep comfortably even when they fail to pay the monthly rental.

The scenario is only getting worse as the figures of unpaid rental is increasing each year.

Last year, the figure of unpaid rental had reached an all-time-high of RM17,326,663.

For the first three months this year, RM6,709,319 in rental is owed to DBKL.

According to figures provided by DBKL, revenue from rental of PPR units last year is RM78.6mil while maintenance cost was a whopping RM158.5mil.

It costs DBKL more money to maintain the units than to rent them out. The rental per unit is RM124 while it costs them RM250 to maintain one unit per month.

Clearly, the city has to find a solution soon to resolve the problem or else it is the taxpayers who will continue to bear the brunt.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/6/14/central/8886166&sec=central

 

 

 

 

TEKUN recipients in KL

June 10th, 2011
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Rm320k / 37 recipients = average RM8648 per person.  Was wondering when the TEKUN loan recipients was announced.

 

BEAUTICIAN Stephanie Reavathi Marimuthu has been wanting to upgrade her beauty business in Lebuh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur for a long time.

The 35-year-old is now able to do so after receiving a RM15,000 loan from the Economy Funds Venture Group (Tekun) under the Young Indian Entrepreneurs Scheme (Spumi) recently.

“I wanted to upgrade and enhance my business into an academy status, but I was not able to because of lack of funds.

“We need money to buy the right tools for teaching. Now with this loan, I will be able to move forward,’’ she said.

Dental technical support assistant Benedict Soosai also received a loan of RM7,000 to upgrade his business.

The 37-year-old said he was grateful for the loan which he would channel towards buying dental spare parts for his business.

Stephanie, Benedict and 35 other young entreprenuers received their cheques from Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan at Kuala Lumpur City Hall recently.

A total of RM320,000 was distributed to young entreprenuers and petty traders doing business in KL.

Saravanan said the scheme was introduced by the Government to help Indian traders obtain micro credit loan to upgrade their business.

He said the scheme was introduced in 2008 and RM18mil have been disbursed to poor traders.

source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/6/4/central/8818559&sec=central

 

 

Shrine demolition protest at Kg Baru Air Panas flats

May 12th, 2011
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Not sure if there are other temples within close vicinity of the area. If have, can consider relocate the shrine to the nearby location (for me nearby means <1km).

How about the request for wedding hall and area for funeral services? Since its a low cost flat area, I don’t think got land for this kind of facilities, since this area was developed sometime ago.

 

If not, then someone has to answer why one community was left out in the planning. Is it due to the rules/guidelines about number of residents needed to allocate land for place of worship?

 

The Human Rights Party (HRP) and Indian residents of Kampong Baru Air Panas, Setapak today threatened to hold a mass protest if DBKL continues with plans to demolish two shrines at the low-cost flats.

NONEHRP pro tem central executive committee member S Thiagarajan (centre in picture) said the demolishment order is unjust as the roughly 1,000 Hindu families living in the area were not given a proper place to set up a temple.

In a memorandum handed over to DBKL, the protestors said the government had built a mosque and a Chinese temple in or near the low-cost flats area but appeared to have neglected to provide the same for the spiritual needs of the Indians.

With no place to set up their temple, HRP and the residents argued that they had no choice but to build their shrines between blocks G and H of the low-cost flats.

Despite this, eight DBKL enforcement officers came to demolish their temple last Monday, following up on two demolishment notices dated May 2, 2011 and Dec 2, 2009.

HRP and the residents argued that the order to tear down the shrines violates Article 11 of the federal constitution, which allows citizens the right to profess and practice their religion of choice.

They added that the Hindus in the area have not been given equal treatment as demanded for under Article 8 of the same constitution, where land was set aside for a mosque and Chinese temple but nothing was set aside for the Hindus living in Air Panas.

The protestors demanded that both demolishment orders be revoked, and that at least one acre of land be allocated as a Hindu temple reserve for the existing Hindu shrines so it can be expanded to include a wedding hall and space for funeral services.

The memorandum was received by Asnan Zain, a special officer to DBKL mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail, at their office today. Thiagarajan claimed that Asnan gave his “personal assurance” that no action will be taken until DBKL completes a review of the memorandum.

Thiagarajan, who accompanied some 30 Air Panas residents at the minor protest, later said that he will follow up on the issue two weeks from now, adding that DBKL have one month to come up with a decision.

“The message we want to give is don’t bully Indians. Just because we are dark, just because we are powerless, does not mean you can bully Indians. If DBKL does not consider our demands, we will hold a big demonstration in front of their office,” he said.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/163934