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.