Jumaat, 19 Jun 2009

Selangor state government collects as much as RM18mil annually from summonses

Story and photo by CHARLES FERNANDEZ
ONE of the main incomes for the Selangor state government is derived from summonses and it could be as much as RM15mil to RM18mil annually.
Summonses ranged from as much as RM500 to as high as RM25,000 for illegal extension to properties and in some cases where building plans are not adhered to.
New Village Development and Unlicensed Factory Settlement Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said while there were no statistics on the number of individual properties that are illegally renovated, the summonses slapped were considerably high.
“There were also some instances where certain owners have received more than one summons for the same offence within a year,’’ he said during a special briefing.
It’s fixed: Ean Yong (centre) with Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching (right) and a MPSJ councillor briefing reporters on the new compound rates for individual households. Ean Yong who is also Seri Kembangan assemblyman added that at a Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) full board meeting last month, it was decided that the minimum compound for individual properties that are illegally renovated would be fixed at RM500.
“This also involves individual properties that have been built without the approval of the local authorities, usage of premises other than it is intended for and not following the original building plans,’’ he said.
He said in the case of developers, the punishable offence ranges from RM2,500 to RM12,000 to a maximum compound of RM25,000 for any form of land clearance carried out without the approval of the local authorities.
“We will continue to monitor the situation from time to time and repeat offenders will be slapped with double the compound, both for individual property owners and developers,’’ added Ean Yong.
As a preventive measure, he urged house owners to be familiar with the various Local Government Acts.
He reminded those who have carried out extension to their homes and have been compounded for the offence, to correct the mistake by following the original plan for the building.

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