MUNIAMAL Supiah is an anxious and furious widow. The 72-year-old grandmother has received an eviction notice from the state secretary's office asking her to vacate her low-cost flat by May 29.
"I have no idea why I am being evicted.
"I live alone but I have never missed my monthly RM70 payment for my unit," she said when met at her home in Taman Seri Gemilang near Mergong here recently.
Muniamal, who declined to be photographed, said she learnt from some neighbours that the state government was coming down hard on errant flat owners for missing their monthly payments.
She said the eviction notice was the last resort taken by the state authorities to recover the arrears due to the state coffers.
"I am shocked that the authorities have served me with the eviction notice.
"If only they had bothered to check my records, they would know I have never missed a payment since I moved into the flats two years ago," she said.
Muniamal's neighbour, housewife Mariam Talib, 38, said the state government was being inconsiderate for not giving her enough time to sort out a new payment scheme with the Employees' Provident Fund.
"I know I owe the authorities about a year's payment. I have also discussed my problem with the authorities and of my effort to settle my debts," said Mariam, a mother of five school-going children. Her husband is a restaurant helper.
She pleaded with the state authorities for more time to settle her outstanding payments.
Meanwhile, state Housing and Local Government committee chairman Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah said the eviction notice was issued to errant dwellers at the low-cost housing scheme.
He said the move to evict the flat owners was the state government's decision as it wants to meet the demand for low-cost units.
"We have a long list of applicants and we are weeding out the errant owners to make way for genuine ones.
"We have also followed all procedures and given many of them several opportunities. However, a large number of them still refuse to settle their debts," he said.
As for Muniamal, Amiruddin said he would look into the matter.
"We will be fair to all as we have been very patient in trying to recover the dues owed to the state," he added.