Zuraida confident local councils’ revenue collection will pick up

Business opportunity: Zuraida handing over foodtruck licences to vendors during a ceremony at Menara MBJB in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Local councils in Malaysia recorded a 10% drop in their revenue collection due to the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) that started on March 18.

“For local councils that had a small jurisdiction area, their revenue collection registered a drop of between RM2mil and RM3mil in the last couple of months.

“But when it comes to local councils such as the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), which has a big jurisdiction area, then their revenue collection had dropped to RM40mil,” said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

However, she said she was confident that the revenue collection would increase in the recovery MCO period.

Speaking to reporters yesterday after a visit to Menara MBJB, she said that the ministry had come up with several steps to help local councils address the issue of lower revenue.

Among others, there would be a “legalising” of unlicensed businesses and to those who leased out their permits to foreigners.

She also said that the ministry was looking into a suggestion to establish a one-stop centre at local councils.

“This one-stop centre will help expedite the process of applying for business licences, which would spur more business activities within the jurisdiction of the local council,” she added.

On another matter, Zuraida said that a waste park would be built within a 283.2ha land in Tanjung Langsat, which is located near Pasir Gudang.

The waste park, she said, would be for the disposal of solid waste materials such as scrap metal and garbage collected around here.

“I have asked MBJB, which is in the process of cleaning up the city area, to plan on how they could dispose scrap metal collected within their jurisdiction.

“The ministry hopes that the waste park will help MBJB to manage and dispose garbage better,” she said.

Johor Baru mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said the waste park would help expedite MBJB in disposing waste materials including abandoned vehicles.

“Over the years, we have had a high number of abandoned cars and vehicles.

“These vehicles have become an eyesore to many, especially to those living in residential areas around here,” he added.

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