Dear A.S.S. Editor

HDB just announced another new rule, which actually took effect on 1 January this year. For non-Malaysians work permit holder in the manufacturing sector, they can no longer rent whole HDB units. Can only rent rooms in HDB flats.

Work permit are for semi-skilled foreign workers in the construction, manufacturing, marine, process or service sectors. Since Nov 7, 2006, non-Malaysian work permit holders from the construction sector have not been able to sublet HDB flats or rooms. This was extended to the marine and process sectors from May 1, 2015.

Now, only non-Malaysian work permit holders in the service sector can rent whole flats. No reasons were given by the HDB on why these sectors cannot rent whole flats anymore, but not for the service sectors. HDB said only that it “reviews its rules regularly to maintain the balance between the needs of flat owners and sub-tenants”, when queried if there is any rule change pending for the service sector work permit holders.

Wonder why HDB makes it so difficult in their rules, why not just place one blanket rule for all non-Malaysian work permit holders, no matter what sector they are in. Eliminate any one who thinks of bending the rules.

Zack Khoo

A.S.S. Contrinutor

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