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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Property owners urged to settle outstanding assessment fees

TEMERLOH: All houses and business premises owners here are reminded to settle their outstanding assessment fees to avoid court action and the sealing of properties.

Temerloh Municipal Council president Datuk Zulkifli Yaakob said up to early this year, debts owed to the council stood at RM7mil.

He said during the Ops Sita conducted last month, its enforcement division managed to collect RM2mil in outstanding debts.

“We hope to recover another RM2mil in outstanding taxes before the end of this year,” he said here recently.

Zulkifli said taxpayers’ money would be used by the council to carry out various projects to upgrade infrastructures and public facilities in the district.

He said records showed that Mentakab had the highest number of outstanding debts due to the many business premises and housing estates.

“In the latest operation, we succeeded in collecting outstanding debts amounting to RM300,000 from 97 business premises and houses in Taman Temerloh Jaya.

“The move was provided for under Section 148 of the Local Government Act 1976,” he said, adding that the council would continue to initiate such operations from time to time, targeting those who were still adamant and reluctant to pay up.

Zulkifli said defaulters were being unfair to others who paid on time but utilised the same facilities managed by the council.

By The Star (by Simon Khoo)

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