More than 50 fish breeders in Kukup, Pontian will enjoy an exemption from temporary occupation licence (TOL) arrears amounting to some RM800,000.
Johor Mentri Besar’s adviser Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said Johor government had agreed to the exemption proposed by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad in a state executive council meeting.
“Aside from exempting Kukup offshore fish breeders from their TOL dues from 2013 to 2020, the state government has also agreed to reduce the TOL rate from 50 sen per square foot to 20sen per square foot.
“The new TOL rate will take effect this year.
“The fish breeders in Pontian have contributed a lot to the overall Johor economy over the years and their income has also been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The TOL arrears exemption and lowered rates are meant to lessen their burden, ” Tee said in an interview.
He added that the Mentri Besar’s office would be issuing a letter of exemption to the fish breeders soon.
The matter had been conveyed to Deputy Primary Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, who is also Tanjung Piai MP, in a recent meeting, said Tee.
“We also discussed the issues and problems faced by the communities in the district, including the increase in business licence fees, public facilities and temple matters, ” he said.
Separately, Tee said the Jalan Parit Ibrahim-Parit Jawa road upgrading works in Pontian was about 80% complete and on course for completion by the stipulated deadline in April.
He noted that the RM21.9mil project included the upgrading of the 4.8km-long and 6m-wide road, construction of a bridge, installation of streetlights and signage as well as regular maintenance works.
“Once completed, it will not only smoothen traffic flow, it will also provide more convenience to road users travelling between Pontian and Johor Baru.
“As the project is ongoing, motorists are reminded to be careful when driving near the roadworks and pay attention to the temporary signage to avoid any mishaps, ” he added.