NUSAJAYA: The state government has set up a special unit which will be taking drastic measures to collect unpaid or outstanding quit rent here.
Johor Housing and Local Government exco Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said that as of Dec 31 last year, the total amount of unpaid quit rent for Johor stood at RM181,465,346.18 and only RM59,577,366.06 has been collected so far.
“Due to this, we are taking drastic measures including getting the unit to register a private caveat for the property to prevent transfer of ownership and to confiscate the property from owners who have not failed to settle their quit rent.
“Other measures include making it compulsory to present the latest quit rent statement when making new applications and also an option to pay quit rent in instalments,” he said in reply to a question posed by Mohd Ismail Roslan (BN-Semerah).
Abdul Latiff also said that the unit would send reminder letters pertaining to the arrears and would also offer incentives to property owners who paid their quit rent including having yearly lucky draws for them.
Meanwhile, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that the state would be taking measures to help the low and average income taxpayers who were struggling to settle high quit rent due to a property value hike recently.
Mohamed Khaled said that the state understood the plight of the people who are were looking at ways to help those in need especially after several local councils announced new quit rent rates recently.
Khaled said this in response to collective questions posed by Datuk Dr Adham Baba (BN-Pasir Raja), Dr. Shahruddin Md. Salleh (BN-Jorak) and Dr Sheikh Ibrahim Salleh (PAS-Sungai Abong) during the recent state assembly sitting.
“Another initiative taken was the setting up of a special committee to ensure that there were adequate affordable homes and the extending of the water rebate program to the hardcore poor and poor families.
“Plans to set up another four 1Malaysia clinics, six farmers’ markets and 12 fishermen’s markets are also in the pipeline this year,” he said adding that the state government had always been looking out for the welfare of the community.