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  • Experts Should Review Objection Letters To DBKL Proposed Hike, Not Politicians
  • Experts should review objection letters to DBKL proposed hike, not politicians

    KUALA LUMPUR’s elected representatives are against the move by DBKL to get City Hall Advisory (DBKL) board members to review objection letters to the proposed assessment rates.

    Only credible people with experience and knowledge should go through the letters, they said.

    Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.

    “City Hall has the authority under the Local Government Act to increase the assessment rate, and call for a hearing, but they must get professionals to do this,’’ said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.

    “You need experts like property valuers, real-estate professionals and even academics, but not politicians,’’ he added.

    Titiwangsa MP Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.

    Titiwangsa MP Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani expressed concern about the mechanism that will be used to check the letters.

    “Are the board members going to go through each letter one by one? Is that practical? Johari asked.

    “We are talking about a population of 1.5 million people. I think other elected reps, residents associations and non-governmental organisations should be roped in to help out, he added.

    Setiawangsa MP Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari agreed with Johari.

    Setiawangsa MP Datuk Fauzi Zahari.

    “We must have a good mix of experts in related fields to do this job,’’ Fauzi said.

    Seputeh MP Teresa Kok also said politicians should not be involved.

    “Every letter should be viewed on a case-by-case basis,’’ she added.

     

    “Impossible,” added Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai.

    “The Local Government Act 176, Section 142 says that all property owners who have raised their objections must be given the opportunity to be heard. That means they must send their individual objections and all of them will be called to attend a hearing,’’ he said.

    “If you get everyone together, even the Bukit Jalil Stadium will be not be able to accommodate all of them. A better system must be put in place,’’ Tan said.

    Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai.

    Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said there should be no taxation without representation.

    “We cannot stomach any more flawed policies which punish the rakyat further especially after the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax and reduction of subsidies.”

    On Tuesday, KL mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib had advised city folk not to jump the gun over the proposed assessment hike rates.

    He advised residents to submit their objection letters and said a panel comprising City Hall advisory board members would go through the letters.

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