‘Local community activist groups must get approval’

Shamsul (facing camera, left) chairing the full board meeting at Menara MPS, which is also broadcast online. Beside him is Cheremi.

PROGRAMMES organised by local community activist groups --- Penggerak Komuniti Tempatan (PeKT) --- are subject to the approval of local councils, says Selayang Municipal Council president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor.

He said the Selangor government had decided early this month that those appointed as PeKT were legally not valid.

“The state executive council said local authorities in Selangor should always comply and refer to the state government’s policies and directives from time to time, ” he said at MPS’ full board meeting yesterday.

“They agreed that PeKT’s programmes were subject to the approval of their respective local authorities, similar to applications from residents associations and non-governmental organisations, ” he added.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin had last month announced that a total of 550 PeKT groups would be appointed in Penang, Negri Sembilan and Selangor.

She said their appointments were an extension of the National Community Policy programme and would not overlap the local councils in each state.

Meanwhile, three men and two women were sworn in as new MPS councillors during the meeting held in Menara MPS, Batu Caves.

The five, whose terms will end on Dec 31,2022, were also assigned zones that they would oversee.

Anuar Jasmin, 41, a representative from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and who works as a bank officer, was assigned to Zone 4.

Another PKR member Ruhanah Masruki, a 43-year-old insurance executive, is in charge of Zone 5.

Muhammad Syamsuzzaman Mohd Suhaimi from DAP was tasked with Zone 9. The 31-year-old is a managing director of a private firm. Salasiah Disa, 57, is Zone 19’s councillor. The PKR member is a special officer to Selayang MP William Leong.

Amanah representative Ranjan Che Ros, a 59-year-old retiree, was assigned to Zone 20.

With the new appointments, MPS still has one seat to fill to meet its full quota of 24 councillors.

The council president then introduced and welcomed aboard MPS’ new deputy president and secretary Cheremi Tarman, whose appointment was effective Oct 15.

Cheremi, 56, previously served as the deputy secretary and Engineering Department director at Shah Alam City Council (MBSA). He has more than 30 years’ experience working with local authorities.

Shamsul also updated the board on assessment collection.

“As of Sept 30, MPS had collected RM84.97mil in assessment tax, making it 79.41% of the estimated RM107mil expected this year, ” he said.

“As for assessment arrears, we managed to collect RM4.61mil, which is 66.46% of the RM6.9mil in total arrears.

“MPS had on Sept 1 issued 56,300 notices to property owners who still owed the council assessment arrears and gave them a 30-day period to pay up.

“Detention warrant was then issued to property owners who still had assessment tax arrears as of Oct 1, while adhering to the necessary standard operating procedures, ” he added.

Shamsul said the council would consider reducing the detention warrant, valued at RM100, to property owners who wish to settle their arrears in full or in instalments.

“MPS is having an assessment tax arrears payment campaign for villages and low-cost flats until Dec 31.

“The detention warrant will be revoked for owners who are able to make full payment, ” he said.

He added that enquiries on eligibility for revocation could be done at MPS’ assessment payment counters.

In line with the conditional movement control order, Shamsul said the counter operation hours at Menara MPS would be shortened, and the public was encouraged to pay bills and carry out application transactions online via www.mps.gov.my

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