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Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari speaks at the award ceremony for Selangor’s achievement in gathering the highest number of kindergarteners in an integrity awareness campaign, at Dewan Raja Muda Musa, Shah Alam, on May 20, 2024. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Local authority appraisals not sign of tax hike — Amirudin

SHAH ALAM, May 20 — The re-evaluation of all holdings or assets by several local authorities in Selangor does not signal a tax increase, said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.

He said this process is standard procedure to evaluate assets or properties based on current values, after over 10 years of using existing rates.

“Not all local authorities are subject to this re-evaluation. The procedure conducted by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) mirrors that done by the Kajang Municipal Council in 2022.

“This is a preliminary assessment of assets or properties within the respective local authority areas, enabling the council to solicit views, objections or feedback from the affected community. It’s important to note this isn’t a notification of impending tax hikes, as some may have feared.”

He said this to reporters after receiving a Malaysia Book of Records certificate on behalf of the state government in recognition of its achievement of attracting the highest number of kindergarteners in an integrity awareness campaign.

The event, organised by Selangor Menteri Besar (Incorporated), featured colouring activities focused on promoting integrity values, and drew participation from 1,066 children aged three to six.

Amirudin said the re-evaluation is being carried out meticulously, taking into account multiple factors such as maintenance expenses and waste management, which naturally vary from those established 10 or 15 years ago.

He stressed that the re-evaluation also serves to evaluate the efficiency of urban development processes in Selangor, as unchanged asset values might signal underlying issues in a locality.

“This process isn’t about raising taxes but rather a fair assessment conducted by local authorities, as it influences land values and validates property assessments within the area,” he added.

Amirudin reassured residents in affected areas not to worry as the state government would not make decisions in haste, and added that the Kajang Municipal Council has yet to implement its moves after completing its appraisals in 2022.

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