IPOH: Discounts on land premium will no longer be given to owners with immediate effect, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said.
The move, to improve the states financial standing, was expected to increase its coffers by between RM40mil and RM50mil, he said.
Describing the measure as only affecting those having large tracts of land, Tajol Rosli said, It wont hurt the poor. We are talking about developers and industrialists.
He said the state used to be liberal in giving discounts as high as 30% to owners because land in Perak was not as valuable as it was now and developers had found it difficult to sell their houses.
However, he said land in areas like Kampar, Manjung and Parit Buntar had a higher demand now.
So we are tightening the conditions on giving discounts of land premiums and no longer will be lenient, he said yesterday after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting.
Tajol Rosli pointed out that owners used to think that if they wrote in to ask for a discount on their RM300,000 premium, they would normally get it.
But now we are telling them that we will be stricter with the way we give them the discount, he added.
However, in places where the state wanted developers to use the land, he said, the state still would consider giving discounts.
On the 15km toll-free slip road from here to Jelapang for motorists after the relocation of the dangerous Jelapang toll booth, Tajol Rosli said the state had approved RM10mil for it.