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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Proposal to revive shoplots in three areas

There is still hope for salvaging what is left of Bukit Sentosa, Bukit Beruntung and Prima Beruntung to make it a second Petaling Jaya and provide a chance for the local council to collect about RM24mil in backdated assessments.

"The council does not spend any money. It is a win-win situation for the council, residents and shoplot owners"- TUKIMAN NAIL"

Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS) president Tukiman Nail said there was a proposal by a company to revive about 5,000 shoplots in these three areas.

The company has proposed to bring in investors from countries, like China, to set up businesses in the area.

“It has agreed to repair the buildings, put up streetlights and arrange for the supply of water and electricity to these lots.

“This is a good idea,” he said, adding that there were not many companies willing to develop those areas.

‘’Many shoplot owners had lost money when they started their businesses in these three areas. It is a bane to the state,” Tukiman said at the MDHS full board meeting in Kuala Kubu Baru on Wednesday.

Tukiman said the council would approve the proposal, provided it was given the green light by the Commissioner of Buildings committee which is part of the council’s committee.

‘’The best part is that the council does not spend any money. It is a win-win situation for the council, residents and shoplot owners,” he added.

Councillor Kaevan Raghvan suggested the council study the proposal and look into the legal aspects.

Former councillor Mohd Ridzuan Idris, who is a consultant to ESPI Jaya Sdn Bhd, the company that submitted the proposal, was hopeful that the council would be able to collect the backdated assessment within the next five years.

Mohd Ridzuan said the council was owed RM36,472.457 in backdated assessment throughout Hulu Selangor for 2009. Of this, 63% or RM23,1776.385 was from Bukit Beruntung, Prima Beruntung and Bukit Sentosa.

‘’The council will have to increase this figure by 30% annually for the whole of Hulu Selangor,” he added.

Describing the situation as “very critical”, Mohd Ridzuan said the council should stop the “bleeding” and approve the proposal as it would benefit all parties.

“If the council approves the proposal, efforts to bring in the investors and restore the shoplots could begin by February.

On another issue, Tukiman said the existing landfill in Sungai Sabai, Kalumpang, was almost full and the council had identified another area in Kalumpung for a future dumpsite. There is another landfill area in Bukit Beruntung.

Councillors Santokh Singh, Kaevan and V. Perumal also debated on the state directive on a parking issue in Kuala Kubu Baru town, concerning whether a tyre shop and clinic should be charged parking fee as they prevented motorists from parking in front of their premises.

By The Star (by Stuart Michael) Posted on 1st Jan 2010

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