Measures taken to recover arrears

THE state government has launched various initiatives to recover RM85.79 million in quit rent arrears.

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said among the measures taken were the setting up of payment counters at shopping complexes and housing estates and creating an online payment method.

Ghani said reminder letters were also issued to landowners at the start of the year.

“If the landowner refuses to pay, he would be issued the Notice 6A that requires him to pay within three months. If he fails to settle payment within that time, Notice 8A for land seizure will be issued. Once the Notice 8A is issued, the land will be categorized as government land,” he told the state assembly yesterday in reply to a question by Datuk Ng See Tiong (BN-Parit Yaani), who asked how the state government would recover arrears in quilt rent.

Gani said there were no plans to give discounts for quit rent.

On another matter, Ghani said the RM339 million allocation for Iskandar Malaysia in the federal budget next year was for 12 projects involving road building, drainage and irrigation, public housing, public transport and development planning research.

Some RM100 million is being allocated for the river cleaning and relocation of residents in Sungai Tebrau.

Another RM70 million is for the final package of the Johor Baru-Nusajaya Coastal Highway, while RM50 million is to upgrade Jalan Skudai and Jalan Abu Bakar.

Another RM40 million will be spent on elevated intersections at the Johor Baru Middle Ring Road intersection of Jalan Yahya Awal and Jalan Abu Bakar.

Ghani said this in response to a question from Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai) on whether there was any centralized development plan for insfrastructure in Iskandar Malaysia.

On another matter, Ghani said the state’s revenue from sale of items included premium grants, which was payment given to the state government for land.

He said the bulk of the RM280.04 million revenue the state obtained as of Oct 31 this year was in the form of premium grants.

Ghani said the Federal Government had been acquiring state-owned land by paying premiums.