This post which went viral on Twitter had the caption of ‘Good morning except to house owners in KL who rent out rooms like these’. It shocked netizens with its miniscule size as the ‘room’ for rent that cost RM300 only included a thin mattress, a wall fan, no windows and not enough room to swing a cat, literally.
Selamat pagi kecuali owner rumah dekat kl yang sewa bilik macam ni ?? pic.twitter.com/VHef9RMKs9— bunga (@flwrsxB) July 31, 2022
According to the person who shared the posting, the accommodation was in the Maluri area and had close proximity to the LRT, Pavilion, and had views of KLCC.
People quickly chimed in with hilarious (and some sarcastic) comments as well as photos of similar units.
One morbidly and amusingly asked, “So it follows the size of coffins?”. Another shared another option of an ‘upgrade’ which showed a tiny room with water stains on its walls with a bed and a small shelf that goes for RM350 a month.
upgrade sikit ada katil, tahan sebulan je duduk sini RM350. pastu blah cari tempat lain yang lagi selesa even mahal sikit. tak paham kenapa maluri banyak bilik2 mcm ni je pic.twitter.com/gvZrpzPXCg— fendi got no time (@IrwanAffandi_) July 31, 2022
Another compared it to rooms in Hong Kong, which are known for having the highest property prices in the world. Their partitioned apartments where some people can’t even stretch out their feet are referred to as ‘coffin homes’.
Penduduk KL tak lama lagi sama dgn Rakyat hongkong pic.twitter.com/ulFTBd9wan— ? (@miiirull) July 31, 2022
Apparently rooms like these are rather common, as a Netizen shared their previous experience of renting a room while working in Segamat, Johor where one shop lot was divided into ten rooms with only one toilet shared between them that was akin to living like sardines.
jgn kata kl.. dulu aku kerja kat segamat.. 1 shoplot, pecah jd 10bilik.. sama mcm ni.. toilet ada 1 je, mmg kongsi dgn semua orng.. sardin bai time tu.— Arie ?? (@aioyen) July 31, 2022
One said that it was probably a toilet that had been renovated into a room and that there might be a squatting toilet underneath the mattress.
Ni asal toilet ka renovate jadi bilik, ntah2 kalau angkat tilam tu ada lubang jamban— ? (@zazmijeffri) July 31, 2022
It is heartbreaking to think of people that aren’t able to afford any place beyond this having to resort to such a unit. Haiyo *sigh*.
Image source: @flwrsxB, @IrwanAffandi_