THERE is good news for Ampang Jaya residents as Goods and Services Tax (GST) tax will not be imposed on compound notices, licensing fees or assessment tax from April 1.
However, the rental of halls, parking spaces and activity courts would be charged the 6% GST, said Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain.
“GST will also be applicable to contractors engaged by the council. However, we will be able to claim back the amount from the Customs Department,” he said during yesterday’s full board meeting.
Abdul Hamid added MPAJ was already spending a significant amount for upgrading and maintenance work.
He said the council may also absorb the GST for parking rates and revealed that MPAJ was looking into implementing the coupon parking system in the municipality by the end of the year.
“Our current pay-and-display parking system under parking operator Suasa Efektif has been giving problems as the ticket dispensing machines have not been well maintained and does not accept the new coins.
“Because of the large volume of complaints, we may change to the coupon system which will be handled by the council. There will be authorised ticketing agents to sell the coupons,” he said.
Abdul Hamid added that the existing contract with the parking operator was only due to expire in 2019.
“If we terminate it, we will have to pay a fine of up to RM6mil,” he said, adding that they are considering this option because of the long-term benefits.
Motorists who received compound notices due to faulty machines can appeal to the council, he said.
Meanwhile, those interested in applying for lots in Ramadan bazaars can do so from April 1. There are 1,421 lots in 22 locations.
Abdul Hamid said the permit was RM200 per lot for food and beverage stalls and RM250 for those selling coconut and sugarcane drinks.
On the Earth Hour today, MPAJ is asking residents to switch off their lights for an hour from 8.30pm.
Abdul Hamid said they are also organising a contest among neighbourhoods, residents associations and joint management bodies.
“Residents through their respective associations should send us photographs of how they marked Earth Hour.
“The best three entries will receive RM500 from MPAJ.”
MPAJ also marked the occasion by planting 100 red palm trees in Jalan Ukay Perdana.
Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib who was present, said a new approach was needed for environmental awareness campaigns.
“Such campaigns have not been very effective and need to be more localised.”
SK Taman Permata student Nurul Najwa Mohd Rasdi, 10, was one of those who helped plant trees.
“I can’t wait to watch them grow.”
MPAJ also launched its Landscape Competition which is open to housing estates and schools.
Registration is open until July 2015. For details, visit www.mpaj.gov.my