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Exploring the demand for workers’ dormitories
According to real estate consultancy Knight Frank Malaysia the demand for quality and well-planned workers’ accommodation is expected to rise as stakeholders strive to comply with the Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446).
In its Workers’ Dormitories research published this month, the consultancy highlighted how in the past, living conditions of workers had been a neglected area in the constant pursuit of economic growth and the bottom line of businesses.
The consultancy added that there is a huge untapped opportunity to ramp up delivery of Purpose-Built Workers’ Accommodation (PBWA) across the country.
It said that when professionally-managed dormitories are unexplored propositions, employers turned to terraced homes, apartments, shophouses and makeshift accommodations to house their workers haphazardly.
Added to this there is a lack of awareness and accountability with most of these types of housing crowded and having poor sanitation leading to many social and health issues that have been burdening communities for years.