Listen to us: Tan (centre) and residents protesting on the proposed assessment increase at DBKL in Kuala Lumpur.
FEDERAL Territories MCA Youth chief Tan Kok Eng is calling on the mayor to justify the proposed hike in the assessment rate for homeowners in Kuala Lumpur.
Tan said it did not make sense to increase the assessment rates when basic services and facilities were still lacking.
“Residents still face problems such as inconsistent rubbish collection and poor road conditions. What guarantee can Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) give that the money will be used to benefit the people?” he asked.
Tan, along with 10 Kuala Lumpur-based NGOs and residents associations attempted to submit a memorandum to Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib at Menara DBKL yesterday, objecting to the assessment increase.
They were barred from entering the premises and handed the document to a DBKL officer.
“Not only do people have to fork out huge sums of money to purchase a property, they will also have to pay high assessment taxes. This will only add to the burden of low- and middle-income families,” Tan added.
Jalan Kuang Gunung 1 to 6 Residents Association (RA) treasurer Tan Cheng Yong said the land value for his residence in Taman Kepong had been increased from RM21,000 to RM97,200, or a 363% hike.
“Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had said the new rate would not rise by over 200% from the current level and that the notices sent were only the proposed rates. Even if this is only the proposed rate, how can it be so high?” he questioned.
Jinjang Utara RA chairman T. Ganapragasam said residents who are retirees would not be able to pay the increased rates.
Tan also said the Dec 17 timeframe for owners who did not agree to the new rate to object in writing was too short.
A spokesman from DBKL said notices of the proposed hike had been sent out since Nov 4 and residents had ample time to send their objections before the deadline.