Late penalty exemption for developers

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  • Thursday, 21 Aug 2003

SEREMBAN: Housing developers who surrender open spaces in previous projects to the state government to be gazetted as land for recreational purposes will not have to pay quit rent arrears or late penalties.  

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said the move was to prevent future development in such areas. 

He added that it was in line with the decision adopted at the recent National Council for Local Governments in Putrajaya. 

“Based on our records, there are some developers who still own the open spaces but have stopped paying quit rent and have incurred penalty charges. 

“We have decided to write-off all these provided the developers concerned surrender the open spaces to the state government to be gazetted,” he said after chairing the weekly state exco meeting yesterday. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had announced that open spaces within housing schemes would be gazetted and placed under the jurisdiction of state secretariats instead of local authorities to stop future development in the areas. 

In Kuantan, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said a directive would be issued to the state Land and Mines Department to stop future development of open spaces. 

Open spaces within housing schemes in the state would be gazetted after approval had been given for land conversion, he said after the weekly exco meeting.“The open space areas may belong to the developers but the land conversion requires that such areas be handed over to the state government,” he added.  

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