Poor, disabled to pay lower land premium fees

New way: Saarani answering questions during a press conference at the Perak Darul Ridzuan building in Ipoh. — Bernama

IPOH: The hardcore poor and disabled in Perak can apply to pay lower land premium fees, says Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad.

The Mentri Besar said the Land and Mines Office (PTG) director would review applications before approval by the state.

“We understand the difficulties and hardship faced by these groups especially when it comes to paying the land premium fees.

“Therefore, 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 where individuals under these groups can apply for lower premium fees,” he said when answering to Ong Boon Piow (PH-Bercham) during the question-answer session at the Perak assembly sitting here yesterday.

Earlier, Ong asked if the state had plans to allow the hardcore poor to pay the land premium in instalments over two to five years.

Saarani (BN-Kota Tampan) said the method was not being implemented as the fee was a one-off payment to allow ownership to be registered.

“The administration also understands the issue raised on the long waiting period for the approval process of land grantor, grant renewal, permission to change land ownership and others.

“PTG, which is responsible for such matters, will be improving their services from time to time. They have issued several circulars on such related matters mentioned which will cut short the waiting period by between 20 and 30 days compared to the previous system.

“While the e-Tanah system is being used, there are several parts that require PTG to conduct research before we can grant the approval. 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.

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