Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) enforcement team sealed off 40 People’s Housing Project (PPR) unit in Desa Rejang during an operation to evict illegal tenants and occupants, reported The Star.
This comes after the occupants failed to prove that they are legitimate tenants or owners of the housing unit.
Acting on the directive of Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, DBKL began its operations against illegal tenants and occupants in mid-2016, with a series of investigations, said DBKL Housing Management and Community Development deputy director Mohd Muzammer Jamaluddin.
This year’s focus, however, shifted to reclaiming units for people in need of a housing unit.
“We have our full force in action to carry out the seizures and to seal off the units,” he said, adding that 344 units were taken back last year and 184 units as at mid-February.
“We expect to take back 400 units by May.”
Mohd Muzammer revealed that DBKL had recovered 30,000 units during its many regularisation operations.
“There are 60,000 people still on the waiting list to receive a PPR unit, and registration is full, so we have to reclaim units (being misused) before we can give them back to other families in need.”
According to him, DBKL used a multi-dimensional approach during its survey of tenants, checking not only to find if the occupants were foreigners, but also delving deeper into the case by verifying certain details with neighbours.
“When we investigate, we cannot just look at it from one area but many areas because sometimes a foreigner may be staying there, but they could be there because they are taking care of an elderly tenant,” said Mohd Muzammer.
He revealed that the investigative process involved posting blue stickers on housing units with no issue and providing problematic occupants with a 30-day notice to vacate the unit or appeal their case.
Illegal tenants, on the other hand, are given 14 days to vacate the unit, while foreigners were asked to leave immediately.
Image sourced from The Star
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