There will be a new prize category at the annual excellence award for land offices and local authorities in Selangor.
However, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo hopes there will be no winners.
For the “winner” takes home a broom along with the shameful distinction of not having performed up to mark.
“Yes, it is not a prestigious prize, but meaningful. The broom is symbolic of the department head or local council chief having to clean up their act and sweep away unproductive work habits,” said Dr Khir.
He added land offices and local authorities had specific goals to achieve – including a high percentage of assessment collection, cleanliness and a good record of solving public complaints.
“If the departments work hard and achieve their goals, they get rewarded. If they underperform, they get the broom,” Dr Khir told reporters.
He added the land offices and local authorities were well aware of the broom award, and they should strive hard not to be a winner.
“Some people has told me not to be so strict, lest I will not be popular. However, I have a state to run. I need to be effective. I do not think I can be both effective and popular.
“Had I wanted popularity, I would have became an actor,” said Dr Khir at the signing ceremony marking the partnership between the Selangor state government and Pos Malaysia Berhad (PMB) in Shah Alam on Wednesday.
Also present were state secretary Datuk Ramli Mahmud, state executive councillors and Pos Malaysia and Services Holdings Berhad chairman Tan Sri Adam Kadir.
Under the strategic partnership, the public can pay their quit rent bills at the 84 post offices in Selangor and another 57 in Kuala Lumpur. They can also pay online at www.posonline.com.my
“The service had started in July last year, but the announcement is only made now because I wanted to ensure the service is workable,” said Dr Khir.
He added the quit rent could also be paid via the internet portals of financial institutions such as Maybank, CIMB, RHB, BIMB, Ambank and MBFcards.
Dr Khir believes the quit rent collection had increased with the additional counters for payments.
Last year, Selangor collected RM320mil compared to RM260mil in 2005.