PONTIAN: The Johor government has exempted 78 fish breeders in Kukup and Ayer Masin from paying almost RM700,000 in temporary occupation licence (TOL) arrears.
Deputy Primary Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng said that the dues were between 2013 until 2019 and they are also exempted to pay TOL payment this year in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The state government had also consented to lowering the TOL rate from 50 sen per sq ft to 20 sen per sq ft starting next year, he said.
“The majority of the fish breeders here could not afford to pay the high TOL rate. We would like to thank the Johor government for waiving their TOL arrears from 2013 to 2019 amounting to RM686,000.“If they fail to pay their TOL fees, they will not be able to renew their licence and would not get any aid from the government,” he said, adding that the matter has been resolved following the state government’s action.
It was approved by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad after meeting with the related government agencies in April, he said after a dialogue with Kukup fish breeders at the Kukup Fish Breeders Association office here yesterday.
Wee, who is also the Tanjung Piai MP, said he hoped, with the exemption, the fish breeders could get back on their feet and contribute to the state’s economic recovery.
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