Waiver, rebate offered to business premises owners

Sharipah Marhaini says the move is in line with the council’s aim to encourage entrepreneurship and business in the city.

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is offering waiver of assessment tax or a rebate to owners of business premises whose tenants moved out during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They can email MBPJ’s Evaluation Department to request for a rebate at jpph@mbpj.gov.my.

Petaling Jaya acting deputy mayor Sharipah Marhaini Syed Ali said the city council would evaluate each application based on certain criteria.

She said MBPJ would also waive rental for the months of June and July for businesses that were operating from council premises, to ease the burden of business owners.

“This is also in line with the council’s aim to encourage entrepreneurship and business in the city,” she said during the city council’s full board meeting yesterday.

Councillor Derek Fernandez said MBPJ experienced a 40% drop in non-tax revenue collection this year and that it reflected the public’s poor economic situation.

There was fear among the people in going out and carrying on with normal activities such as dining, he said.

He noted that many preferred to buy things online and this affected businesses in brick-and-mortar shops.

“Some food delivery applications take a cut of between 20% and 30% from sales, resulting in businesses eventually closing down.

“I grew up in Petaling Jaya, so it is heartbreaking to see many businesses shutting permanently during the lockdown, especially in Petaling Jaya New Town,” he said.

Fernandez proposed that MBPJ implement new business-friendly plans.

“When business does badly, it affects the council and the city too,” he pointed out.

He recommended that pubs and entertainment businesses be allowed to operate longer hours while in adherence to the National Security Council’s standard operating procedures.

Restaurants too should be allowed to have more outdoor seating, he said while calling for the council to have clear regulations regarding dine-in at restaurants.

“Longer hours will enable businesses to recover losses and survive while providing continuous employment.

“Many restaurants are in the dark over how many people are allowed to dine in their restaurants.

“Many lack the space when they have to space out the tables and chairs.

“These businesses should be allowed to have seating outside the restaurant,” he said.

Fernandez also urged the council to create a 24-hour trade zone for businesses.

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