Selangor Journal
State executive councillor for local government, public transportation and new village development Ng Sze Han during an interview with Selangor Journal at the Selangor State Secretariat Building, Shah Alam, on March 16, 2021. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

No approval for assessment tax hike in Selangor — Exco

By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini

SHAH ALAM, April 28 — The Selangor government would not approve the increase of any assessment tax that could burden its people, especially during the post-pandemic situation.

State executive councillor for local government Ng Sze Han said the recent New Valuation Review Practice by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) was carried out in accordance with the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171).

However, he asserted that the enforcement of the new valuation for the assessment tax in Kajang has yet to be decided as the main priority of the Selangor administration is to revive the state economy.

“Our priority is to revive and boost Selangor’s economy to ensure effective implementation of the economic recovery measures within the state.

“The current valuation enforced under MPKj has been used for 37 years based on the valuation rate in 1985.

“Rest assured that the local council would consider all objections and dissatisfaction of the residents under the MPKj administrative area,” he said in a statement today.

Ng added that the local council had provided the necessary channels for property owners to voice their objections regarding the re-evaluation exercise.

In a report last November, MPKj president Najmuddin Jemain stated that the assessment tax for properties in the municipality may be increased from January 1, 2023, subject to the state’s approval.

He said the tax adjustment proposal was being drafted and that the increase was necessary as MPKj relied on the property valuation rate fixed in 1985. The rate was last amended in 2005 as the base to calculate assessment tax.

Between 2016 and 2018, MPKj was said to have spent an average of RM144.8mil per year, or RM396,681 per day, for maintenance works.

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