Reduction in new village land premiums to be considered

Ng Suee Lim (DAP-Sekinchan) has asked Selangor New Village Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah to reduce the land premiums for new villages in the state.

Ng said residents with expired leases found it difficult to pay the price of the premiums, that increased every year, and suggested that it be reduced to the original premium of RM2.50 per square foot for a 99-year lease.

“The new villages have a history and identity that we need to preserve,” he said.

Ean Yong said Ng’s recommendation would be considered but the price of the premium depended on the land value, which increased each year. He added that residents had the option to either pay RM1,000 initially and pay the full premium at a later date, subject to certain conditions, or pay the full premium but reduce the tenure to 60 years with a 40% discount.

There are 77 new villages in Selangor and 60 land title leases end this year.

There were also questions over the decision to build several hospitals, including one in Shah Alam and Cyberjaya, through PKNS-owned Selgate Corporation.

Several assemblymen, including Lau Weng San (DAP-Kampung Tunku), Ng Sze Han (DAP-Kinrara), Rodziah Ismail (PKR-Batu Tiga), Dr Idris Ahmad (BN-Ijok) and Shahrum Sharif (BN-Dengkil) questioned Selgate’s healthcare expertise.

Housing Committee chairman Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, who also sits on the PKNS board, said several board members of the subsidiary were formerly from the healthcare industry.

Shahrum then asked if it was wise to build a hospital in Cybervalley in Cyberjaya, especially since the Federal Government was also building one in the vicinity. Iskandar said Selgate would have done its research before deciding to build the hospital but he would bring up the matter with the directors.

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