Malaysian state enforces mandatory public amenities for serviced apartments

George Sell By George Sell
19 January 2017 | Updated 16 February 2017

Malaysia: The government of Negri Sembilan state has made it mandatory serviced apartment developers to provide public amenities such as halls and playgrounds.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said serviced apartments must also be built "within town parameters and on lots of not less than 0.8094 hectares". The law has come in to immediate effect.

"This move is necessary as some developers are taking the easy way out by categorising serviced apartments as a business and not housing," he told reporters after chairing a weekly state executive council meeting.

By seeking to categorise serviced apartments this way, developers have been avoiding the mandatory requirements for public amenities placed on residential developments.

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