IPOH: The hardcore poor and the disabled are entitled to apply for lower land premium fees in Perak, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad.
He said that the Land and Mines director's office (PTG) will review the application before the state government approves it, adding that the hardships and difficulties faced by these groups when it comes to paying land premium fees are understood.
Saarani then said that this is why the PTG has issued the 2020 Perak Land and Mines office director circular Bil 3 (Pekeliling Pengarah Tanah Dan Galian Negeri Perak Bil 3 tahun 2020) under the Premium Reduction Appeal Application Policy.
“Therefore, individuals under these groups can apply for lower premium fees,” he said when answering to Ong Boon Piow (PH - Bercham) during the question-and-answer session at the Perak assembly sitting at the state secretariat building here on Wednesday (Sept 27).
Ong asked if the state had any plans to allow those in the hardcore poor group to pay premium land fee via installments within two to five years.
Saarani (BN - Kota Tampan) said the method is not being implemented as the fee is a one-off payment to allow ownership to be registered.
“This administration also understands the issues raised about the long waiting period for the approval process of land grantor, grant renewal, permission to change land ownership and others,” he said.
Saarani added that the PTG will be improving their services from time to time.
“They had issued several circulars related to the matters mentioned above which will help to shorten the waiting period between 20 and 30 days compared to the previous system,” he said.
Saarani then added that while the e-Tanah system is being used, there are several parts that require the PTG to conduct research before the approval can be granted as there are several procedures that need to be done and that could take time.
“Applications such as changing of property ownership between a bumiputra and bumiputra or bumiputra and non-bumiputra may sound direct, but there are moratorium periods and requirements that need to be checked before it can be approved,” he added.