MIRI: Some 20% or 12,000 residential and commercial premises here still owe the Miri City Council tens of millions of ringgit in assessmentpayments.
The majority were commercial entities, said Miri mayor Adam Yii.
He said the council had compiled the latest data on those who have not settle their assessments.
There are more than 60,000 premises comprising residential houses and commercial businesses in the city.
“At least 20% of them owe the council outstanding assessments,” he said adding that a lot of them were business operators.
“Many can afford the assessments but they refuse to pay.
“As a last resort, the council will have to publish their names on its website.
“We don’t want to do this but many have not been paying their assessments for years,” he stressed.
The council planned to table the issue in yesterday’s full-council meeting, said Yii, but the meeting was cancelled because Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon and his personal assistant did not adhere to the dress code and were asked to leave.
Yii said the council publicly announced the dress code for councillors and reporters attending the council meeting.