A 0.81ha piece of land in Pekan Ampang, Ampang Jaya, said to have belonged to Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, has racked up RM1.3mil in unpaid assessment arrears for the past 21 years.
According to Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain, the land is in dispute as there are multiple unresolved ownership claims by his descendants.
“About two years ago, we initiated steps to auction off the land but one of the descendants stepped in and paid RM433,000. However, the remaining amount is still unaccounted for.
“We have taken legal steps by issuing a letter of demand in accordance with Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1976. We will leave the matter of the ownership claims for the court to decide,” he said during yesterday’s full board meeting.
He said the council would also issue letters of demand to 100 landowners with the highest arrears, who had failed to pay assessment tax ranging from RM15,000 to RM1mil.
“From January to December last year, the council managed to collect 87.44% of assessment tax amounting to RM82.33mil with an additional RM13mil in arrears,” he added.
Updating on the dengue situation, Abdul Hamid said there had been 282 confirmed cases in the municipality from Jan 1 to Jan 28. There were no deaths reported.
“The two hotspots are Flat Seri Nilam in Bandar Baru Ampang and Tiara Duta Condominium in Taman Putra Sulaiman.
“Many houses we inspected had stagnant water. Houseowners are quick to blame clogged drains and others when they themselves are also part of the problem.
“We urge residents to be more vigilant in ensuring their homes and surroundings are kept clean and clear of potential mosquito breeding grounds,” said Abdul Hamid.