JOHOR BARU: A property owner was awarded RM20,000 cash from the city council for paying his taxes on time.
Contractor Chua Cher Siang, 70, said he was doubtful at first when he received a letter in early December from the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) about wining the money.
“At first I thought it was a scam, so I ignored it, until they called me a few days later.
“The doubt then turned into joy and gratitude, ” he said after receiving the prize at the MBJB building after its full council meeting.
Chua, along with another 14 winners who got RM5,000 each, are recipients of the MBJB lucky draw event, which seeks to reward those who pay their property taxes on time as well as those who pay via online methods.
Earlier during the meeting, Johor Baru mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said the council removed numerous illegal money lending advertisements from the city.
“As of November 2019, we have removed 29,000 ‘Ah-Long’ (money lender) advertisements and almost 14,000 other unlicensed advertising materials.
“Meanwhile, a total of 6,292 vehicles have been towed away for numerous offences together with 836 abandoned vehicles, ” he said.
The mayor then urged council members to do their part in ensuring that the city is ready for SUKMA 2020 and Visit Johor 2020.
“The beautification of the city should be a priority as we will have many local and foreign tourists coming.
“We will also look into increasing the number of CCTV cameras in the city area as well as ensuring streets are properly lit up, ” he said.
MBJB also launched its eKHIDMAT app, which is an application that allows residents within the area to pay their taxes as well as compounds and renew their licences.
According to Adib, MBJB will be the first local authority to use such an app in the state, and hopes that the public will find it easier to use compared to the online portal.
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