BATU Gajah District Council is encouraging ratepayers to pay their assessment tax online.
Its president Mohamad Razif Ramli said it was a convenient way for people to avoid physical contact and queuing up.
Mohamad Razif said the council would promote the Housing and Local Government Ministry’s pbtpay.kpkt.gov.my payment platform starting this year.
“We hope more people here will use the online payment method, ” he said after selecting winners at a lucky draw at the council headquarters.
He suggested that next year the lucky draw could be open to those opting for online payment only.
Mohamad Razif added that residents who faced problems paying their taxes online could ask for help from counter staff.
“They can come to us and we will guide them on how to use the platform.
“Once they are done, they will be eligible for the lucky draw, ” he said.
However, payment counters will still be open, he said.
With regard to the lucky draw, Mohamad Razif said 128 entries would take home cash prizes of RM24,700.
He said there would be six premium winners, including one gold winner who would bag RM3,000, two silver winners would get RM2,000 each, and RM1,000 for three bronze winners each.
“The remaining consolation prizewinners stand to get between RM50 and RM500, ” he said after picking out lucky draw winners at the council headquarters.
“The winners can claim their prizes at the council’s main counter starting from May 24.
“We are offering cash prizes to help lessen peoples’ burden especially now.
“Some may already have a motorcycle and do not need another one, and may prefer cash, ” said Mohamad Razif, adding that cash prizes would also encourage ratepayers to pay their taxes and clear their arrears.