You might have stumbled upon those affordable rooms for rent, only to find that they appear incredibly cramped in the photos, making you question if there's any space to move around.
In response to this issue, the Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT) has taken a firm stance against landlords who lease what can only be described as "coffin-like" small and narrow rooms to tenants, as reported by BERNAMA.
The Minister of Local Government Development has announced a series of actions. They will begin by issuing warnings to property owners who have violated regulations by renovating their properties without obtaining prior approval from local authorities. The primary concern is that such living conditions pose significant risks to the safety and well-being of the tenants, including potential fire hazards and negative impacts on mental health.
The Minister emphasizes a commitment to providing these property owners an opportunity to comply with the law. However, should they fail to do so, the authorities will not hesitate to take strong measures in the near future. These actions can be carried out under Section 79 of the Street, Drainage, and Building Act 1974 (Act 133).
This issue gained attention when reports surfaced about a shophouse in the Klang Valley where the top floor was converted into a series of 38 tiny, 3.25 square meter cubicles, each being rented out for RM300 per month. These spaces not only proved inhumanely small but also had an unpleasant odor, further highlighting the pressing need for corrective actions.
What do you guys think of this move by the government?