Licence fee exemption in PJ for leisure centres, cybercafes

OWNERS of entertainment centres and cybercafes in Petaling Jaya who have settled their licence fees in 2021 will enjoy an exemption this year.

The initiative is expected to benefit 109 entertainment centres and eight cybercafes, at a cost of RM745,000 and RM4,800 respectively.

The move is part of several measures announced by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to assist businesses that have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“These venues have yet to be allowed to resume operations by the National Security Council,” said mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Amir at MBPJ’s full board meeting.

He said hotels, which had no business in 2021, could apply for a refund of up to 50% of their licence fee this year.

“This initiative is in accordance with Section 162, Local Government Act 1976.

“Applications can be made at our Property Management and Valuation Department but only for those who have settled their payment for 2021 and any arrears,” said the mayor.

For wellness centres that only reopened last October, he said their licence fee was calculated on a prorated basis.

He added that this initiative would cost RM440,000 and would be borne by MBPJ.

Meanwhile, property developers would enjoy an extension for fee payments of planning approvals and building plans until June 30.

This extension, said Mohamad Azhan, was only valid for those who had settled payments in 2021 and any arrears.

He noted that this initiative was expected to cost some RM27,000.

The mayor said MBPJ had issued permits to over 800 petty traders in the city to help them earn an income.

“These traders are located at nine approved locations,” he said. — By FARID WAHAB

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