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Dec 17 date stays for objections to KL assessment hike Primary tabs View(active tab)Revisions First Published: 11:56am, Nov 28, 2013 Last Updated: 6:49pm, Nov 28, 2013 Printer-friendly versionSend by email Nation by Meena Lakshana KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 28): The objection period for the proposed hike in assessment stays, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, clarifying an announcement by his deputy yesterday. Tengku Mansor said the objection period ends on December 17 as stated earlier, following which a public hearing organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will be held for three months. “We will send out the notices on the assessment in January as required by the law but the people can defer payments until after the hearing,” he said during a press conference after officiating at the opening of the Jalan Segambut-Mont Kiara road link. “Any changes as a result of the hearing will be adjusted accordingly,” he added. Yesterday, Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk J Loga Bala Mohan announced in Parliament that the hike in assessment in the city will be deferred indefinitely and the period for obtaining public feedback extended to March next year. The Federal Government have been earning brickbats on the proposed revision from Opposition lawmakers and also residents. According to several city dwellers, the revision in assessment varies depending on the area. Some complained that the increase was between 20% and 30% while in some odd cases, a whopping increase of 100% to 300% was also reported. Tengku Adnan had previously argued that the hike is timely as the City Hall has not revised its rates for the past 21 years, while property values in the city have tripled in the last decade. He clarified today that only the rental rates of properties will be revised. “The assessment rates of 6% for residential, 12% for commercial and 2% as well as 3% for the kampungs will remain,” he said. “What I’m doing for the rakyat, which is good for them, is to increase the rental. Let’s say you have been charging RM500 a month for rental which amounts to RM6,000 a year. So we will charge you 6% of that RM6,000. “Now you have increased your monthly rental rate to RM1,000 which means it amounts to RM12,000 a year so we will charge you 6% of that new amount,” he added. He said the Property Management and Valuation Department reached the proposed revision based on seven means, namely, interviews with the people, estate agents, advertisements, transactions, input from the Internal Revenue Board (IRB) on the transactions, internet and telephone surveys. DBKL conducting study on bottlenecks and missing links in the city On another matter, Tengku Adnan said DBKL is conducting a study on ways to alleviate traffic congestion in the city by identifying various bottlenecks and missing links to be rectified in order to pave the way for smoother traffic. He said one such bottleneck that has been identified is at the tunnel of Jalan Duta, which needs to be expanded. Construction work to resolve bottlenecks and to provide links at places that need them will begin next year once the study is completed, he added. He also said Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur (KL) Sdn Bhd, the company awarded the concession agreement to design, construct, finance, manage and operate Duke Highway, will begin work to connect the Jalan Segambut-Mont Kiara link to the highway. The link, Phase A of the Flyover Project to alleviate traffic congestion in Segambut, was awarded to Euro Saga in February 2011. It extends for 1.4km and cost the government RM43 million. Phase B involves a 2.6km stretch which leads to Plaza Mont Kiara. Read more: fz/content/dec-17-date-stays-objections-kl-assessment-hike#ixzz2lzfDtST6
Posted on: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:25:22 +0000

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