Tough on defaulters

THE Alor Setar City Council (MBAS) has seized RM1.9mil worth of movable assets this year from premises of those who refuse to pay their assessment fees.

Mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad said that most of the items were redeemed by the owners.

The MBAS auctioned off the remaining unclaimed belongings and managed to get RM43,000 for them.

He said the seizure and auction of property were a last resort if building owners repeatedly fail to pay the fees and defy the notices served on them.

“Usually, we will serve the defaulters with notices first.

“If they are still stubborn, we will seize items like furniture or electrical appliances from their premises.

“And if they still do not respond, we will auction off the items,” he told a press conference at the MBAS office on Thursday.

Mat Noh added there had been no hike in the assessment rates, and the council aimed to get RM26mil from the collection of fees for next year.

“MBAS will be giving out 5,000 umbrellas to the first 5,000 people who pay their assessment fees,” said Mat Noh.

“This is a move to encourage early payment,” he added.

He also urged Alor Setar folk to give their cooperation to MBAS personnel who would be going to premises to do a survey with the aim of updating their data on assessment rates.

The survey started on Nov 11 and will go on until August.

Mat Noh also announced that MBAS was given a four-star Financial Management Excellence Award by the Auditor-General’s Department recently.

He said it was recognition for MBAS scoring 91.36 points, the second highest in the country.

On a separate matter, he said MBAS had set up a team of 30 personnel to assist government agencies in preparing for any flood eventualities.

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