Turn dis­used quar­ters into homes for rent, Syed Sad­diq urges state govts

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JO­HOR BARU: The Youth and Sports Min­istry will pro­pose to state gov­ern­ments that aban­doned quar­ters be con­verted into tran­sit or rental homes open to the pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly young Malaysians.

Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Syed Sad­diq Ab­dul Rah­man was com­ment­ing on Jo­hor in par­tic­u­lar, but said the ini­tia­tive could also be ap­plied to other states.

“The pro­posal ben­e­fits the youth be­cause it is very im­por­tant that this group should be as­sisted not only in Jo­hor but through­out Malaysia.

“I know ev­ery state has its own plans. In fact, as we plan on de­vel­op­ing the na­tion, we should not for­get about the youths who are left be­hind, es­pe­cially those who have hous­ing is­sues,” he said af­ter clos­ing the na­tional-level Pe­waris Muda 2018 young leader pro­gramme at Kam­pung Parit Bugis here yes­ter­day.

Also present were In­for­ma­tion De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Ibrahim Ab­dul Rah­man and Ma­ha­rani as­sem­bly­man Norhay­ati Ba­chok.

Syed Sad­diq, who is also Muar MP, said cited ex­am­ples of aban­doned quar­ters be­ing used as tran­sit homes for the home­less in Pe­nang and Kuala Lumpur.

On Fri­day, the Jo­hor state gov­ern­ment wel­comed the pro­posal to turn aban­doned quar­ters into homes for rent, tran­sit or even for sale to those with prob­lems buy­ing their own prop­erty.

How­ever, Jo­hor hous­ing and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­man Dzulke­fly Ah­mad said the state’s quar­ters fa­cil­ity was sub­ject to the min­istry or rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies purview, in­clud­ing is­sues re­gard­ing land own­er­ship or whether it could be utilised for that pur­pose.

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