What’s the expatriate shortage of apartments in Malaysia?

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MALAYSIA – A shortage of expatriating expats has been the main issue in the ongoing housing crisis in Malaysia.

The issue has taken a more serious turn in recent months, with the expats being left out of the affordable housing sector in the country.

The expatriated community has been among the most heavily affected by the crisis in the housing market, and their plight has taken on more urgency in recent weeks.

In October, an expatriator was among the first to complain to the authorities about the shortage of affordable housing in Makkah.

In December, the government’s housing department launched a housing appeal for expatriations, with a focus on building affordable housing for expats.

However, according to figures released by the ministry in May, only 2,500 units were approved for construction in Makksah in 2016.

The expat shortage has taken the spotlight away from the housing crisis for many, as they are left out in the cold as expats struggle to find housing.

“We are suffering because we are not allowed to live like other Malaysians,” said Kaya Surya, a 30-year-old expat in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

While some people, like Mr Suryar, who came to Malaysia from Singapore in 2010, have found a new life in Malaysia, others, like Mrs Mina Suryan, who moved to the country from Thailand in 2008, are living on a fixed income.

Ms Suryaman, who lives in a five-room flat in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Kota Bharu, said she and her husband had been looking for affordable housing ever since they moved to Malaysia.

Her husband is working as an account executive at a multinational company, while Ms Suryalas children, aged 11 and 14, are studying.

“The government is providing us with a new flat for the first time, and it’s a very nice place, but it’s just too expensive for us,” Ms Sryalas husband said.

Although the government has offered to match a prospective tenant’s income to the apartment they are looking to buy, it is still too expensive, Ms Soryalas said.

“They are not making a profit, but they’re taking a huge hit,” she said.

“The government should help us out.”

While many expats, especially those who are currently working overseas, have been affected by recent developments in the economy, many others have not been so fortunate.

“We have a couple of expats who are working on a new business in China, and I’m not sure if they will be able to find a job in Malaysia,” said Ms Saryan.

Many expats have found it harder to find affordable housing due to the shortage in available apartments in the Malaysian capital.

Malaysian expatriacy has also taken a big hit.

An estimated 80,000 expats live abroad in Malaysia alone, and many of them work in the city of Kuala Lumpur and in the surrounding areas.

Most expats are employed in various sectors, but there are still many who work as temporary workers, while some work in restaurants or in hotels.

Despite the shortage, many expatriats have expressed hope that the crisis will soon end.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that expatriata could start arriving in Malaysia “within the next few days”.

“The expats from the Middle East and North Africa will start arriving to Malaysia in the next couple of days,” he said.

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