Kuala Langat to become municipality


Kuala Langat ratepayers paying their bills at a mobile kiosk. They will expect better service once the council is upgraded to a municipality.

KUALA Langat District Council (MDKL) will officially become a municipality on March 1.

Its president Mohammad Zain A. Hamid said with the upgrade, the assessment rate would increase by 25%.

However, the rise would only take effect January next year, he added.

Mohammad Zain said these figures were suggested by the Selangor Economic Planning Unit and would be reviewed.

The last time assessment rates were reviewed in Kuala Langat was in 1987.

He anticipates residents’ expectations to rise along with the upgrade.

“I am sure they will expect us to handle more complaints and we will do our best. But I also ask them to help us make Kuala Langat a better place to live in.

“We hope the public can cooperate with us when it comes to rubbish management, specifically littering and illegal dumping.

“We also hope they will pay their assessment tax on time. At its best, the council has only managed to collect 70% of outstanding assessment bills, ” said Mohammad Zain during the council full board meeting yesterday.

Another matter raised by the councillors at the meeting was on the presence of a paper mill causing air and water pollution in Tanjung Duabelas near Banting.

Present at the meeting was Chemsain Konsultant Sdn Bhd director Lina Chan, who is acting as the environmental consultant for the paper mill.

She explained that the factory would have control processes in place to prevent and deal with pollution.

Following requests by councillors for the factory to issue environmental reports on a real-time basis, Chan said this would not be possible as there were no local testing facilities.

However, she assured councillors that all environmental reports would be forwarded to the Department of Environment for monitoring purposes.

Mohammad Zain also warned Chan that if the company did not comply with an earlier agreement to maintain an 80% local workforce, the council would revoke its business licence.

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