PASIR GUDANG: The Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) has decided to drop the maintenance fee from RM2.60 to RM1.80 per sq ft for all 292 Kebayan restaurants and Semai Niaga here.
Pasir Gudang mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said there is a further 5% discount if the tenants agree to offer Menu Rahmah at their respective restaurants.
“For this year, the council has decided to replace Kebayan and Semai Niaga rental fees with a maintenance fee according to the cost of maintenance per square foot of the premises.
“This is the first time such calculations have been introduced since the Kebayan and Semai Niaga were built back in 1993 by Johor Corporation (JCorp).
“Before this, there was no system for the fee, so regardless of whether the premises was large or small, every tenant would need to pay the same amount.
“So for 30 years, there has never been any increase in the rental fee,” he said when met by reporters after a townhall session with Kebayan and Semai Niaga tenants at Dewan Muafakat Taman Mawar here on Wednesday (March 29).
He added that the new calculation was introduced to cover maintenance at Kebayan provided by the contractor.
“Our contractor’s rates have gone up by 300%, and we need to find a source to cover this cost. So for now, we have offered a 30% discount until a certain period," he said, urging the tenants to be understanding and supportive of MBPG's situation.