‘KL houseowners don’t understand assessment hike’

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has received only 80,000 objection letters on the assessment hike, the federal territories minister said yesterday.

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the complaints were similar in nature. “The objections are the same because they [house owners] don’t understand,” he told reporters after launching a park and ride facility in Bandar Tasik Selatan.

“They think that from the RM40,000 property valuation increased to RM100,000, they have to pay RM100,000.

“It’s not RM100,000. Whether 4% to 12%, wait and see. Let me make the decision,” he added.

DBKL has issued more than 500,000 notices to landowners in Kuala Lumpur on the assessment hike, 56% of which involve owners of commercial premises. According to several city dwellers, the revision in assessment varies depending on the area.

Tengku Adnan had previously argued that the hike was timely as DBKL had not revised its rates for the past 21 years, while property values in the city have tripled over the last decade. The assessment hike will be based on the rental valuation of properties, which will be revised.

Yesterday, about 500 landowners protested against the assessment hike at the DBKL headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut. They also called for the resignation of Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.

The landowners were accompanied by several Pakatan Rakyat MPs including Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai), Teresa Kok (Seputeh), Tian Chua (Batu) and Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang).

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, meanwhile, vowed that action would be taken against the organisers of the event.

Tengku Adnan defended Ahmad Phesal, saying that the call for him to resign was futile. “We are doing this for the benefit of the people. I keep saying that the rates are not going to increase, only the rental valuation of properties, which is good for the people,” he said.

“Every year, the commercial sector will argue with auditors because they say the property valuation is obsolete. This opposition, they spin, confuse, they ask the mayor to resign, they say my officers are inefficient … this is not good. This is not right,” he added.

On a separate matter, Tengku Adnan said work on the construction of park and ride facilities at major transport hubs is ongoing. He added that the facilities will be built in places such as Klang, Nilai and Rawang, and where the mass rapid transit (MRT) or the light rail transit (LRT) systems traverse.

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on December 18, 2013.


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