TWO winners of a lucky draw thought they were being scammed when they were told they had won a motorcycle each from Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).
Mother-of-three Chen Yoke Ling, 42, said she had received a letter from MBJB informing her that she had won a Yamaha Y15 motorcycle.
“Initially, I thought someone was trying to cheat me as there are many fraud cases so I ignored the letter.
“Weeks later, several MBJB employees came to my house telling me that I had won a motorcycle but I still did not believe them.
“I contacted MBJB to verify the information and was told that it was true,” Chen said when met after receiving the motorcycle from Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman at Menara MBJB.
“No one in my family knows how to ride a motorcycle but this will be an encouragement for us to learn,” she said, adding that this was the first time she had won a prize from MBJB despite always paying her assessment on time.
Meanwhile, supermarket marketing manager Badariah Bidin, 23, said she came to Menara MBJB to represent her 54-year-old mother, Mafoozah Mohamed who also won a motorcycle.
“My mother also had doubts and told me to check with MBJB whether there was such a lucky draw.
“When we verified that it was true, my mother was very happy,” she said.
Chen and Mafooza were among 45 winners of the lucky draw organised by MBJB to encourage ratepayers to pay their taxes before the Oct 31 deadline.
Tan Wee Tek, 50, who won a bicycle, said he would be using it to keep fit.
“I will ride this bicycle as a form of exercise,” he said, adding that he would continue to pay promptly to stand a chances of winning other prizes in the future.
In a statement, MBJB said there were 45 prizes worth RM200,600 and 113,229 ratepayers had qualified to participate.
MBJB also urged those facing difficulties in paying their taxes to call 07-219 8233 to receive advice and guidelines on how to pay in instalments.