REPRIEVE:Selayang council allows defaulters until end of the year to settle their outstanding payment
VILLAGERS who have defaulted on their assessment rate payments need not pay late penalty charges, announced Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).
MPS president Datuk Zainal Abidin Aa'la said the default payment of unpaid assessment rates by villagers from a total of 24 traditional villages in the municipality, since 1997, had accumulated to RM7 million in total.
He said aside from waiving the penalties, defaulters had until end of the year to settle their outstanding payment.
Zainal said MPS had adopted the villages under their administrative care since 1997 and with that assessment rate payment was made mandatory to the residents.
"There was objection at first as previously they were not required to pay assessment rates but as the villages now come under the council's responsibility, the residents should not refuse to pay the assessment rates imposed on their property," he said after chairing the council's full board meeting recently.
Zainal said unlike in an organised housing estate, the assessment rates in traditional villages are much lower.
"The assessment rate imposed is only fixed at four per cent while in developed areas, it is around six to seven per cent," he said.
He said the villagers should not regard paying the assessment rates as a burden as the money collected would be used to maintain the infrastructure in the area.
"The message on the need to pay assessment rates on time will be spread by the village's development and security committee in each traditional village," he said.
Meanwhile 10 locations in the municipality have been identified as Ramadan bazaar spots.
They are Taman Tun Teja, Bandar Country Homes, Rawang town, Kg Melayu Sg Buloh, Kg Nakhoda, Taman Ehsan, Selayang Utama, Taman Batu Caves, Taman Samudera and Gombak Setia.
The would also be another six Ramadan bazaar locations, namely, Pinggiran Batu Caves, Taman Sri Gombak, Selayang Baru, Taman Greenwood, Bandar Baru Selayang and Bandar Tasik Puteri which will be managed by the respective residential committees.
Permits for the MPS bazaar would be sold to the public on July 11 at the Dewan Beringin in Taman Sri Gombak at 9am.
A fee of RM130 is charged for a single lot while those taking two lots pay RM242.