The room is also equipped with a ceiling fan close to the wall.
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Klang Valley not only has high housing prices but also high rent prices.
Due to high demand, some homeowners have converted storage rooms and even toilets into rooms for rent to earn more income.
A photo of a tiny single room renting for RM350 has been widely circulated on social media recently, sparking heated discussions among netizens about the issue of renting in urban areas.
Netizens posted the advertisement for a single-person room for rent in a Petaling Jaya Facebook group for renting, buying, and selling houses.
The location is in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, and the rent is RM350.
The photo shows that the room is very narrow, only big enough for a single bed, and the room is not ventilated and has no window.
There is a ceiling fan, but the fan blades are very close to the wall.
Netizens broke into a cold sweat for the tenant when they saw it.
Some people even laughed and said that this is the sequel to the movie “Final Destination.”
The rental advertisement prompted heated discussions among netizens.
Many people revealed that they had rented a similar-sized room.
Because of limited budget and being close to where they work, many had no choice but to live in cramped spaces.
Some said Malaysia has become like Hong Kong, with problems like:
- Soaring property prices and a lack of affordability for middle- and low-income residents.
- An insufficient supply of public rental flats for grass-roots residents.
- Very limited housing options for residents who are waiting for public housing.
Ramai yang fikir kat Hong Kong je ada bilik sewa yang kecil. Kalau kat Jepun atau Korea pun sama, bayar sewa mahal untuk satu bilik saiz yang kecil. Tapi kalau nak dibandingkan dengan bilik sewa di Malaysia sebenarnya lebih teruk kecil lagi. Seumpama nak ajak kita buat praktikal pic.twitter.com/BgFGqF4FNO— fairuz_imran (@fairuz_imran) October 28, 2022
Some netizens shared that they had rented a similar room without a fan.
Even more outrageous, some netizens claimed that an apartment unit in Cyberjaya had been subdivided into 30 rooms to rent to more people and make more money.
‘CHERAS DARUL HONG KONG’— Adam The Plant Dad ⚯͛ (@ATMology) July 10, 2022
Ini komen seorang netizen:
‘Dah habis jual pun. Pejabat aku sub-kontraktor kat sana. Lif bukan macam lif PPRT atau Flet Sri Sabah depan tu. Dia laju! Harga bermula RM400K++’
RM400K untuk gaya hidup à la Kowloon. Cita rasa masing-masing. pic.twitter.com/dNqd7yDcvE
Others described that such a cramped bedroom is no different from sleeping in a grave, which is very oppressive.
Some wrote that they would rather sleep under a bridge than pay RM350 for such a small room.
I think the reason why youngsters skrg tak fikir pasal future sebab semua kos sekarang tengah mahal. Rumah mahal, tanah mahal, aku yang sewa bilik jeni pon rasa mahal. Nak simpan duit tapi gaji cukup2 makan je. Tu pon boleh makan sehari sekali je. Penat la weh cemni. https://t.co/Wa4vtzVwac— Mukhriz (@A_Mukhriz) September 26, 2022
How Much Is It To Rent A Room In Malaysia?
It depends on the facilities and location of the apartment.
For medium rooms, it is generally between RM450 and RM900 a month.
For master rooms, it is between RM700 and RM1,400 a month.
Looking at gross costs, equity and investment potential, it is better to buy than rent if you plan to live in your home for more than five years.