BETTER COLLECTION:Federal Territories Land and Mines Office offers incentives and online payment facilities to encourage the public to pay quit rent early
MEDICAL assistant Norhashimah Muktar Afandi couldn't believe her luck when she was announced as one of the lucky draw winners by the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office recently.
Norhashimah, who was among the 33 winners, won a Yamaha motorcycle in the land office's Let's Pay and Win (Jom Bayar dan Menang) campaign which promised exciting prizes to encourage property owners to pay their quit rents early.
"I paid quit rent in February for a plot of land in Rawang which belongs to my father. We are now staying in Segambut but we made sure we paid it at the beginning of the year.
"This is the first time we've won a prize for paying quit rent. I am going to ask my father what he wants to do with the bike as I was just paying on his behalf," she said at the prize-giving ceremony held in conjunction with the Land Office's Meet-The-Clients Day recently.
Other prizes include an LCD television, laptops, digital cameras and saving premium certificates.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, who was present, said for this year, some RM220mil of quit rent (76.52 per cent) had been collected as of May 31.
"This is one of the ways to encourage landowners to pay up their quit rent by offering incentives to those who do it early in the year.
"For those who made the payment online, they enjoyed a five per cent discount. As of May 31, about 14,900 online payments amounting to RM8.39mil were received. Last year, some 21,000 people opted to pay online," he said.
FT Land Office and Mines deputy director Yahaya Mohamad said the RM491.13 million of quit rent for last year was an increase from the previous year (2010) of RM400 million and RM213 million in 2009.
"Apart from the campaign, we are also improving our services, by among others, shortening the process for transfer of ownership of properties from 30 days to within a day (called One Piece Flow, which started in 2009).
"In order to prevent fraud, especially land grant forgery and false transfer of ownership, we have implemented the biometric system.
"We are planning to also implement it on document search for added security measures."
Land Office's mascot, Mr Smiley the Cat, was also introduced during the event in line with the ministry's "Keep Smiling" campaign launched recently.