DBKL cuts property assessment rate

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Ipoh: Is it our turn to pay a LARGER SUM as assessment?

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Malaysian Insider

Under pressure, City Hall cuts property assessment rate

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http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/under-pressure-city-hall-cuts-property-assessment-rate

Malaysiakini

DBKL cuts assessment rates by two to three percent

In respond to recent protests, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will cut assessment rates for property owners in the city by 2-3 percent from 2014, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said.

Commercial properties will be charged 10 percent, while residential properties will be charged 4 percent. Previously the applied rates for these owners, who make up the bulk of ratepayers, were 12 and 6 percent respectively.

However, actual rental assessments which were hiked by as much as 300 percent for some will be kept, pending a review of complaints filed. This means that most property owners will still end up paying more taxes next year.

The biggest tax rate  cut of 3 percent were for service apartments and owners of empty land.

DBKL cuts assessment rates by two to three percent

Video: Hundreds of residents protest against assessment rate hikes

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THEY ARE GOING AFTER THE ‘ORGANIZERS’!

Malaysiakini

IGP promises action against DBKL protest organisers

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar today pledged action against organisers of the protest outside Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) this morning.

This, he said, was because organisers had failed to notify police about the protest as required under the law.

“Legal action will be taken against the organisers for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act 2013,” he told a press conference in Cheras today.

The demonstration this morning, organised by Pakatan Rakyat MPs in Kuala Lumpur was to protest the steep assessment rate hike on residents in the federal territory.“They should have respected the law which was passed by Parliament and not go against a law that was passed by the House,” added Khalid.

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Pakatan Rakyat MPs who led the protesters today had helped submit some 20,000 protest letters against the assessment hike.

They had flooded the DBKL headquarters, while the rest of the protesters waited outside the building.

IGP promises action against DBKL protest organisers

Malaysiakini

20,000 letters objecting to rates hike sent in

More than 20,000 assessment hike objection letters were sent to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters this morning, from city residents as part of a mass handover of objection letters organised by Pakatan Rakyat MPs in the federal capital.

Even though the mass gathering has been branded as a session to meet the leaders, about 500 residents and supporters flooded the entrance to the DBKL building, shouting slogans demanding that Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor drops the move to raise the assessment rates, by up to 300 percent for some.

Almost all Pakatan MPs in the federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur led the gathering and there was very tight security around the DBKL headquarters.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said the objection letters have been accepted at the DBKL counters and have been acknowledged by the officers responsible.

20,000 letters objecting to rates hike sent in

Malaysia Chronicle

Monday, 16 December 2013 11:48

KL RESIDENTS protest assessment hike outside City Hall, demand Mayor’s RESIGNATION Written by Malaysia Chronicle

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KUALA LUMPUR — Hundreds of property owners braved the morning traffic to congregate outside the Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters to protest against a controversial hike in assessment rates.

They were joined by their Members of Parliament for the various constituencies within the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Conspicuously absent was the MP for Putrajaya Tengku Adnan, the Umno minister responsible for mooting the hike. Adnan is the current Minister in Charge of the Federal Territories.

“Tomorrow is the last day for submitting objection letters against the assessment hike to City Hall. Just this morning alone, we handed over more than 20,000 letters – just imagine how furious the people are,” Opposition MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

“Yes, I know the general election is over and there seems to be a rush by Prime Minister Najib Razak to jack up the prices of everything from petrol to electricity to toll. It is obvious his government is trying to ram these through as soon as possible so that the people will forget all these by the time the next general election comes along. This is extremely unscrupulous and we will give our full support to the people in their fight against such injustice.”

Malaysian Insider

KL residents protest against assessment rate hikes in front of City Hall

BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
December 16, 2013

 Kuala Lumpur residents taking part in a protest against the raising of assessment rates outside Kuala Lumpur City Hall today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 16, 2013. Kuala Lumpur residents taking part in a protest against the raising of assessment rates outside Kuala Lumpur City Hall today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 16, 2013.

Hundreds of city dwellers crowded the Kuala Lumpur City Hall today to protest against a controversial assessment rate hike, a day before the deadline for appeals against the tax which has not changed in 21 years.

They thronged the City Hall (DBKL) headquarters along Jalan Raja Laut, one of the busiest roads in Kuala Lumpur.

Traffic policemen and City Hall wardens were at the site but traffic was under control.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kl-residents-protest-against-assessment-rate-hikes-in-front-of-city-hall

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NO, THERE WILL BE NO MASS RALLY OR GATHERING!

IT WILL BE A ‘MEET THE PEOPLE’ SESSION ON THE RATE HIKE.

SAME DAY, SAME TIME, SAME PLACE.

MONDAY, 16 DECEMBER
11.00AM
DATARAN MERDEKA

THE MASS RALLY GATHERING AGAINST KL RATES HIKE

DATARAN DBKL
MONDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2013
11.00 AM

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YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

Just mail in protests, Ku Nan urges unhappy ratepayers

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — With city residents preparing to swarm Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on Monday over a contentious property tax increase, Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor today urged the group to avoid the gathering he accused opposition lawmakers of encouraging.

The federal territories minister pleaded with residents to instead send in their objection letters against the planned assessment rate increase via post or email, before the Tuesday deadline.

“They don’t need to gather,” Tengku Adnan told reporters after a function at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) training institute here today.

http://my.news.yahoo.com/just-mail-protests-ku-nan-urges-unhappy-ratepayers-034500922.html

Disgruntled owners warn DBKL to brace for late ‘surprises’

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — With Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) playing down the intensity of protests against a controversial property tax hike here, residents associations warned the local authority to prepare to be inundated with complaints come Monday.

They said they plan to descend en masse upon DBKL’s headquarters in the city then, the day before the deadline to submit the letters.

“We are submitting on the morning of the 16, let them know later, they will get a surprise.

“The amount cannot be only 35,000, so little, obviously there are many more to come,” Seri Petaling RA chairman Tan Tai Tong told The Malay Mail Online when contacted.

He added that he has collected 3,000 letters, and expects another 1,000 by Monday.

On Thursday, KL Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib confirmed with The Malay Mail that DBKL had only received 35,000 objection letters, or just 7 per cent out of the 500,000 notices sent out last month.

But Taman Desa RA chairman William Chan said that when he went to DBKL’s office yesterday to hand in over 300 protest letters, a worker there told him they have already received more than 100,000.

Bukit Overseas Union Garden (OUG) RA chairman Charles Ho said he briefly considered sending the letters earlier, after Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and the mayor had pointed out the low number received, but decided it was better to hand them over to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok today.

“For Bukit OUG, we collected close to 300, but most of our owners, they are not residents here, they are rented-out properties so it’s quite difficult to get them to sign on time.

OUG RA chairman Wong See Tin said he has already submitted 2,000 letters out of 4,000 home owners, while some residents submitted theirs to Kok. He said he expect to collect another 500 at most by Monday.

http://my.news.yahoo.com/disgruntled-owners-warn-dbkl-brace-surprises-015600033.html

Star

Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 6:58:48 AM

DBKL: 35,000 assessment objection letters received to-date

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has received about 35,000 valuation notice objection letters to-date.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said DBKL would go by the law and the people would be given the chance to voice their objections.

“The ongoing process is the proper method observed when proposing an increase in assessment,” he said.

DBKL: 35,000 assessment objection letters received to-date

Free Malaysia Today

‘Dec 16 is just a gathering, not a rally’’

Alfian ZM Tahir | December 12, 2013

Cheras MP indulges in semantics, saying Monday’s rally against the hike in assessment rates is only a meeting between KL property owners and Opposition MPs.

PETALING JAYA: The opposition MPs’ planned rally against the proposed hike in assessment rates on Monday is merely a gathering between KL property owners and opposition law makers, said Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai today.

Tan told FMT that the rally on Dec 16 at Dataran DBKL will only be a meeting session between the two parties at the compound area of DBKL.

“It is not a protest, not a demonstration, not a rally but a gathering between property owners and us. We picked DBKL as our meeting point because they made the decision (to hike assessment rates).

“Anyone can go to the public area and we would like to meet the people who are not satisfied with the decision in front of DBKL. After the discussion we would submit a memorandum. That’s all,” said Tan.

When asked about the permit, Tan said that there was no need to apply for one as they are not planning to have a protest. He assured the police that the meeting would be peaceful.

‘Dec 16 is just a gathering, not a rally’

WATCH OUT!

THE IGP ISSUES ANOTHER WARNING!
“We are not happy that you haven’t made an application! We might take precautionary measures to prevent any unnecessary incidents on that day.”

This morning, Batu MP Tian Chua told FMT that there was no need for Pakatan Rakyat to submit an application under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAC) for their rally at Dataran DBKL next week.

Speaking to FMT he said that it is only a submission of the objection letters to the rate hike.

When told the gathering has been described as a “rally” by various quarters including the police, Chua said: “They can describe is as anything they want”

Follow the rules, IGP tells PR MPs

隆市政厅接逾万抗议书‧门牌税投诉不足10%联邦直辖区部长拿督斯里东姑安南指出,吉隆坡市政厅新门牌税制度的反对期限将在本月17日截止,截至本月5日隆市政厅已接获1万1000封反对信。他说,市政厅委任的小组将研究收到的反对信内容,再决定新门牌税制度,不过肯定会在明年1月1日生效前作出决定。东姑安南今早主持巫统峇都区部大厦动土礼仪式后,这么说。他说,市政厅是在上月寄出门牌税调涨通知书予逾50万名吉隆坡居民,其中56%是商业住户,不过投诉少于10%,该部旗下的委员会将会到特定地点与居民见面。“在我们所委任的小组研究所接获的抗议书后,我将做决定。我们的决定将是合理,不会加重人民负担。”东姑安南指出,政府过去21年没有调整门牌税,而新税收将考虑吉隆坡居民的几项需求。他说,新税收肯定不会加重人民负担,特别是低收入群及在人民房屋计划的居民。针对民联议员将举行大集会抗议门牌税高涨,东姑安南说:“他们都疯了。”他说,本身已与国会议员见面和讲解调整的原因,各造应客观看待。

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Free Malaysia Today

Follow the rules, IGP tells PR MPs

Alfian ZM Tahir | December 10, 2013

The Inspector General of Police told Pakatan Rakyat leaders to follow the rules at the planned gathering to hand over a memorandum to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Dec 16.

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar this evening lambasted Batu MP, Tian Chua for refusing to follow guidelines of the Peaceful Assembly Act for a planned protest against quit rent hike proposed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall,  on December 16.

The senior top cop said rules and laws have been provided to ensure smoothness of the assembly and that the police were ready to assist the protesters by manning traffic in the area.

“There are laws why can’t they just follow it. We are here to help them and to help everyone else,” he said.

He added that the police might take precautionary measures to prevent any unnecessary incidents on that day.

Follow the rules, IGP tells PR MPs

The IGP has issued a warning: If you want a mass rally, follow the Public Assembly Act. If not!!!

Free Malaysia Today

IGP assures police help in Dec 16 rally

Alfian ZM Tahir | December 9, 2013

But he says the protest against KL rates hike must follow PAC guidelines.

SHAH ALAM: Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has assured Pakatan Rakyat activists that his men would assist them in their Dec 16 rally against the Kuala Lumpur assessment rate hike as long as they abide by guidelines given in the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAC).

“Follow the rules stated in the law,” he said. “If the guidelines are followed, we will cooperate with them. No problem. But if the rules are not followed, we can’t help them.”

IGP assures police help in Dec 16 rally

Malaysian Insider

Former top civil servant calls for revision of KL property tax

BY EILEEN NG
December 09, 2013

Former Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat (pic) urged Putrajaya to think about the livelihoods of retirees when deciding on increasing prices of goods and services.

“Retirees from Kampung Bukit Damansara, Lembah Pantai and other areas in the city have been bashing me, asking why the quantum is so high.

“They are very upset, so I hope Datuk Seri, you will consider a review,” he told Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his opening speech at a meeting by the Retired Civil Servants Umno Club, of which he is the president.

Property owners in Kuala Lumpur have been up in arms following the hike of between 100% and 1,000%, which takes effect on January 1.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/former-top-civil-servant-calls-for-revision-of-kl-property-tax

Free Malaysia Today

Demo 16 Disember? Mereka gila!’

Jamilah Kamarudin | December 8, 2013

Kita akan naikkan hanya dalam lingkungan 2%…yang buat bising ni kawan-kawan yang tidak ada otak.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan (WP) Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor menyifatkan tindakan Pakatan Rakyat yang mengajak rakyat melakukan demonstrasi membantah kenaikan cukai pintu pada 16 Disember depan itu sebagai ‘gila’.

Katanya, hanya 10% daripada 500,000 pemegang hartanah di Kuala Lumpur yang membantah kenaikan harga tersebut malah wakil rakyat Pakatan sudah hadir mendengar penjelasan namun masih berdegil dan mahu meneruskan rancangan tunjuk perasaan.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? Will he turn around and say the opposite?

No penalty until new rate announced, Putrajaya assures KL owners

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirmed today that KL property owners will not be penalised for paying old assessment rates until the quantum of the city’s proposed tax hike is announced by March next year.

The Federal Territories Minister’s announcement today will lay to rest uncertainty over the debacle that has seen city folk up in arms over the government’s sudden decision to raise property taxes.

“The rate, I’ll decide whether I want to charge, as I’ve said, we are going to postpone the rate until we finalise with the panel hearing, the latest is March.

“We have also decided that if you don’t pay us until whatever date I’ve decided, the last day, no penalty will be charged to the rakyat,” he told reporters after the ground-breaking ceremony of Batu Umno division new building here.

http://my.news.yahoo.com/no-penalty-until-rate-announced-putrajaya-assures-kl-050800648.html

ATTENTION! DO NOT BE MISLED!

1. Don’t listen to Tengku Adnan, who may turn around and ask for your notices (the same ones he asked you to throw away).

DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR NOTICES!

2. Ratepayers must file their objections before Dec 17 this year.

“If residents do not make their objections then the rate will be gazetted and they will have to pay the new rate,” said Teresa Kok.

She warned the public not to be misled and to continue filing their objections before the deadline.

Stop misleading on assessment hike, Ku Nan told

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THE MASS RALLY AGAINST KL RATES HIKE

DATARAN DBKL
MONDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2013
11.00AM

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Malaysiakini

Pakatan urges mass rally against KL rates hike

Pakatan Rakyat MPs have urged the public to come together and rally on Dec 16 against the unreasonable assessment tax hike by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Pakatan urges mass rally against KL rates hike

MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, THAT MASS RALLY ON 16 DECEMBER IS CRUCIAL

“We ask the people who object to the assessment increase to join us to show their unhappiness,” Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai (DAP).

THEY ARE QUEUEING UP TO PROTEST.

IT’S NOW THE TURN OF THE LAWYERS TO DEMAND AN EXPLANATION…

The case will be through a declaratory order to be filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court next month. City Hall, its advisory board and the mayor will be named as respondents.

Malaysian Insider

KL residents want City Hall to show how money is being spent

By JENNIFER GOMEZ
December 04, 2013

A group of lawyers will be taking Kuala Lumpur City Hall to court to compel it to open up its books and show the public how taxpayers’ money had been spent in the past 10 years.

This is in relation to the local authority’s move to raise assessment fees for all property owners in the city.

“Kuala Lumpur City Hall has stirred a hornet’s nest by seeking to raise assessment fees, now they are being taken to court,” said Chang Kim Loong, the National House Buyers Association honorary secretary.

“We also want City Hall to show their budgeted expenses for the next 10 years.

“If they are asking us to pay more, they should show us how they have been spending the money all this while.”

KL residents want City Hall to show how money is being spent

Nizar Jamaluddin, PAS state assemblyman for Changkat Jering, Perak has already voiced out his protest against the Ipoh property assessment hike.

“Ipoh and KL are given assessment hikes because these two cities have the most number of Chinese who voted for Pakatan Rakyat and as BN is racist and vindictive, the Chinese have to bear the punishment for voting Pakatan,” said Nizar.

Free Malaysia Today

Cruel vengeance on two cities?

Selena Tay | December 4, 2013

The ‘bull-dozing’ of high assessment hikes without consideration of the rakyat’s feedback lead many to believe move is to punish the Chinese.

Chinese being punished?

Most of the Chinese community are already saying that KL and Ipoh folks are being punished for voting Pakatan Rakyat as two Parliament seats in Ipoh – Ipoh Barat and Ipoh Timur are held by DAP.

As for Kuala Lumpur, most Parliament seats are held by Pakatan namely Kepong, Batu, Wangsa Maju, Segambut, Bukit Bintang, Lembah Pantai, Seputeh, Cheras and Bandar Tun Razak.

BN-held seats are Setiawangsa and Titiwangsa. Putrajaya is a stand-alone seat held by BN.

As PAS Pokok Sena MP, Mahfuz Omar said frankly, “The government is taking revenge on the Chinese.”

If this is the real motive, then it is a racist one. To punish the Chinese is a stupid move as migration of the Chinese to greener pastures will only slow down the nation’s economic progress. Has the BN government failed to notice the weakened Ringgit against the Singapore Dollar?

Selena Tay is a DAP member and a FMT columnist.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/12/04/cruel-vengeance-on-two-cities/

Malaysian Insider

Perplexed ratepayers throng City Hall for explanation

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
December 03, 2013
Ratepayers have been thronging the City Hall office to submit their objections and also to seek clarification on the new assessment rates. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 3, 2013. Ratepayers have been thronging the City Hall office to submit their objections and also to seek clarification on the new assessment rates. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 3, 2013.

Despite the various explanations given by the federal and local government officials on the revised assessment rates for properties in Kuala Lumpur, property owners appear to be still confused over the issue.

Many ratepayers have gone to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters to submit their objections to the new rates and to seek clarification on the letters they had received.

A visit to the headquarters today found many people, including the old, seeking assistance from enforcement officers who patiently tried to answer their questions and when more clarification was sought, suggested they to go to Maju Complex in the city where the valuer’s office is located to get more information.

A quick poll among those who came to drop their objection letters revealed that many of them were indeed confused over the matter.

“I tried to digest what was stated in the valuation notice and I cannot understand it at all… I guess I too must drop my objection into the box,” a City Hall employee said after trying to seek clarification.

“My increase is 10-fold! Of course I will be scared. I don’t earn much,” he added. – December 3, 2013.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/perplexed-ratepayers-throng-city-hall-for-explanation

The Sun daily

Protest letters sent to City Hall

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 2, 2013): Residents handed over 1,800 letters protesting the recent property assessment hike in the city to City Hall today.

The group, led by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, handed the letters to City Hall’s Valuation and Property Services Department.

“Residents protesting the hike are from Segambut, Batu and Wangsa Maju who want City Hall to review the calculation formula of the property assessment rate.

The residents are doing their part as instructed by Federal Territory Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to submit objection letters by Dec 17,” Lim said.

Protest letters sent to City Hall

Star

Monday December 2, 2013 MYT 10:33:48 AM

Don’t pay assessment fees yet

KUALA Lumpur residents should hold off on their payment for the new assessment charges until March next year, Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said.

Yee said city folk should wait until discussions with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) were done and wait for further announcements before paying their assessment bills.

Mutiara Magna Residents Association chairman Ahasrap Khan M. Aslam said residents there would wait until March before considering payment.

“These are low-cost flats and as such most of the residents here are already financially constrained,” he said.

There are about 3,000 residents occupying 1,200 units in the four blocks of Mutiara Magna flats.

Don’t pay assessment fees yet

If things turn out the way they are going, these hearings may be merely an eye-wash.

NST

1 December 2013| last updated at 08:41PM

KL City Hall to hold public hearings on assessment rate hike

PUTRAJAYA : Kuala Lumpur City Hall will soon hold public hearings on objections over the assessment rate hike before making the final decision in March.

Federal Territories minister Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the panel members would comprise government and private sectors valuers.

Read more: KL City Hall to hold public hearings on assessment rate hike – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/kl-city-hall-to-hold-public-hearings-on-assessment-rate-hike-1.418095#ixzz2mHv8Cv4B

Star

Monday December 2, 2013 MYT 10:35:21 AM

Bandar Tun Razak MCA aiming to get 10,000 signatures by Dec 17

All in this together: Ng (left) collecting signatures from visitors at the Taman Connaught night market.

All in this together: Ng (left) collecting signatures from visitors at the Taman Connaught night market.

BANDAR Tun Razak MCA division’s signature petition to oppose Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) move to increase the assessment fees has received overwhelming response.

The organisers aim to collect 10,000 signatures before Dec 17 and believe they will exceed that number.

Division deputy chairman Ng Choon Hua said since they began their petition campaign on Nov 20, the reaction from the people was unanimous — they rejected the new valuation.

“At every location our committee members and residents association members visited to collect signatures, the public are very eager to sign our petition and give feedback on why the raise is unreasonable,” he said.

Bandar Tun Razak MCA aiming to get 10,000 signatures by Dec 17

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

HBA sends 10-lawyer team after DBKL, mayor over assessment hike

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — A team of 10 lawyers will sue Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on behalf of property owners in the city in a bid to stay the local authority’s hand on a contentious increase to city taxes.

Announcing the decision yesterday, National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong, a lawyer himself, added that the KL Mayor and DBKL’s advisory board would also be sued.

Calling it public interest litigation, Chang said the lawyers would begin by poring over the Auditor-General’s Report on DBKL’s financial performance over the past 10 years.

“We have 10 lawyers who are ready to fight this battle,” he said to a cheering crowd at an ad hoc meeting of the Overseas Union Garden (OUG) residents’ association here yesterday.

http://my.news.yahoo.com/hba-sends-10-lawyer-team-dbkl-mayor-over-232000323.html

Malay Mail

OUG residents vow assessment protests by the truckload for DBKL – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/#sthash.NJEKIxlB.dpuf

OUG residents vow assessment protests by the truckload for DBKL

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — In a sign of swelling resistance, some 400 property owners from the Overseas Union Garden (OUG) township here today pledged to swamp Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) under an avalanche of letters to challenge a controversial increase to property taxes in the city.

At an ad-hoc meeting of the residents association today, National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong, himself a resident here, insisted that DBKL hear each objection individually.

“We are going to flood DBKL with so many complaints that it will need one year to go through each and every one,” he said, prompting thunderous applause and cheers from the owners.

“I suggest we get a lorry and wheel barrels to wheel boxes of protest letters into DBKL’s office.”

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/oug-residents-vow-assessment-protests-by-the-truckload-for-dbkl

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MASS RALLY AGAINST ASSESSMENT HIKE

Pakatan Rakyat MPs in the federal capital are to hold a mass gathering in front of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on Dec 16 to hand over assessment rate hike objection letters from thousands of property owners in the federal capital.

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ARE YOU ALREADY CONFUSED BY THAT FUDDLY-DUDDLY (FUZZY-BRAIN MINSTER)?

Tengku Adnan adds more confusion to the already complex issue!

1 He told owners today to discard the notices they received from KL City Hall (DBKL).

2 New and finalised notices will, however, be issued on January 1

3 The new notices to be sent out on January 1 will be final, but KL property owners need not make any payment until the special panel on the assessment hike decides on the rate.

4 It is pointless to rally as he will solve the problem.

There are 507,800 properties listed under DBKL, 56 per cent or slightly over 284,300 are commercial structures while the remaining 44 per cent or around 223,400 are residential properties.

The Malay Mail

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http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/sure-fire-way-to-debt-with-sudden-property-hike-says-city-business-group

Tengku Adnan apologizes, blaming his officers, and also blaming the opposition, but does an apology matter when the reality is that the hike is on and you have to pay it?

Malaysian Insider

My officers were wrong, says Ku Nan apologising for assessment valuation hike issue

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
November 29, 2013

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has apologised to Kuala Lumpur property owners over the confusion created by City Hall’s move to revise the assessment valuation.

“I am sorry, this confusion would not have happened if my officers sent out a letter to inform the property owners about what we wanted to do instead of the notices. It was my mistake and if it had been referred to me before the notices were sent out I would have stopped it,” said Tengku Adnan.

He said because of the way the matter was managed the property owners were upset while the opposition had taken advantage of the situation.

My officers were wrong, says Ku Nan apologising for assessment valuation hike issue

BAD NEWS!

TENGKU ADNAN SAYS THAT THE RATE HIKE IS STILL ON!

From the horse’s mouth:

1. The new assessment rate will take effect from 1 January 2014!
2. The extension to March is to cater for a special panel established to seek public feedback on the new assessment rates.
3. Till the panel comes up with a decision, ratepayers can defer their rate payments to a later date

Star

Thursday November 28, 2013 MYT 1:09:57 PM

Tengku Adnan: Notice of assessment rates based on new property valuation will go out in January

KUALA LUMPUR: DBKL’s revised property valuation notice sent out to owners in mid November will remain unchanged and notice of the assessment rates based on the new valuation will go out in January as required by DBKL by-laws.

However, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on Thursday, ratepayers could choose to wait until March to pay, pending the outcome of dialogues with residents.

More study could see another payment formula being drawn up, he said.

“It is up to the people whether they want to pay the amount (based on the January bill) or wait until later,” he said after launching the RM48million elevated road bridge in Jalan Segambut on Thursday.

There would be no penalty for late payment this time, he said.

Tengku Adnan: Notice of assessment rates based on new property valuation will go out in January

Free Malaysia Today

Ku Nan: New assessment rate will remain

Lisa J. Ariffin | November 28, 2013

The Federal Territories Minister insists the the spike in new assessment rates will take effect on January 1, contradicting his deputy’s statement yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor today insisted that the new assessment rates for Kuala Lumpur dwellers will take effect on Jan 1, despite objection by many quarters.

His statement runs contrary to his deputy J Loga Bala Mohan’s promise yesterday that proposed new rates would be deferred to March pending consultation with stakeholders.

Reacting to the matter, Batu MP Tian Chua lashed out at the Federal Territories Ministry for giving contradictory statements, affecting Kuala Lumpur residents.

“Yesterday, postpone. Today, insist. I don’t which is which now,” he said.

However, Tian Chua said that he believed Tengku Adnan was under pressure to stick to the new rates for unknown reasons.

“I think Tengku Adnan is sincere on listening to the people but I believe he is getting pressure from his higher ups,” said the PKR vice president.

Ku Nan: New assessment rate will remain

JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T DO A U-TURN, HAVE A MASS RALLY!

“We ask the people who object to the assessment increase to join us to show their unhappiness,” Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai (DAP).

Malaysiakini

Mass protest against KL assessment hike on Dec 16

Pakatan Rakyat MPs in the federal capital are to hold a mass gathering in front of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)on Dec 16 to hand over assessment rate hike objection letters from thousands of property owners in the federal capital.

…the Pakatan MPs will gather with their supporters and KL property owners at Dataran DBKL at 11am to continue expressing their unhappiness on the move to raise the assessment rates.

Mass protest against KL assessment hike on Dec 16

I HAD POSTED EARLIER:

3 Nurul Izzah Anwar, MP for Lembah Pantai, believes that Tengku Adnan is calling the shots in this matter and must heed the urgings by all KL MPs who are unanimous against the hike.

Nurul was right!

“We made a mistake … I made the mistake.” Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said today that he was responsible for sending out the notice on new assessment rates that raised the hackles of thousands of city folk.
The Sun dailyThe increase must not be drastic: Tengku Adnan
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 27, 2013): “We made a mistake …

BREAKING NEWS!

PARLIAMENT The controversial assessment tax hikes on property owners in Kuala Lumpur will be postponed to enable dialogues to be held from January to March next year, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Loga Bala Mohan said.

KL assessment hike shelved pending dialogue

Malaysian Insider

Assessment rate hike deferred indefinitely after protests, says Putrajaya

By EILEEN NG
November 27, 2013
Latest Update: November 27, 2013 06:54 pm

Putrajaya has decided to defer the contentious assessment rate hike for Kuala Lumpur property owners indefinitely following angry protests from MPs and residents.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk J. Loga Balan Mohan said this is to enable City Hall to hold public hearings on the appeals submitted by property owners affected by the hike.

“The proposed increase will be deferred to allow for appeals to be heard from January to March next year.

“We have not decided when to implement it yet,” he said in winding up points raised by MPs in Parliament today.

Assessment rate hike deferred indefinitely after protests, says Putrajaya

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor had said that City Hall hoped to raise an extra RM400 million a year in revenue from the higher assessment rates as it needed money to upgrade roads, markets and other infrastructure. Tengku Adnan also did not discount the possibility that there may be a reduction in the current 6% rate assessment rate for house owners.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mps-to-submit-mass-objection-letters-on-rate-hike-to-city-hall

Click on this link for the standard template for residents to file appeals against the assessment hike:

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LET US WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT DBKL WILL PUT OFF ITS PLANS!

1 Kuala Lumpur Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib confirmed that the assessment rates hike in January 2014 for KL residents will proceed as planned but with some variations (whatever he might mean by that!)

2 Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Tengku Adnan said the proposed quit rent rates will  remain at 6 percent and only the land value rates will be reviewed.

3 Nurul Izzah Anwar, MP for Lembah Pantai, believes that Tengku Adnan is calling the shots in this matter and must heed the urgings by all KL MPs who are unanimous against the hike.

Nurul was right!

“We made a mistake … I made the mistake.” Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said today that he was responsible for sending out the notice on new assessment rates that raised the hackles of thousands of city folk.
The Sun dailyThe increase must not be drastic: Tengku Adnan
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 27, 2013): “We made a mistake …

Malaysian Insider

MPs to submit mass objection letters on rate hike to City Hall

BY EILEEN NG
November 27, 2013

Pakatan MPs after a meeting with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor on the new assessment rates on November 21. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 27, 2013.Pakatan MPs after a meeting with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor on the new assessment rates on November 21. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 27, 2013.

Opposition lawmakers hope to force Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to delay new assessment rates that have outraged city property owners by submitting boxes of objection letters on December 16, a day before a deadline for revisions.

Under the Local Government Act 1976, DBKL must all hear all objections on the proposed rate hikes submitted by property owners. The complainants must be allowed to be heard in person, or represented by an authorised agent.

This move is seen as forcing DBKL to delay implementing the new assessment rates set for January 1, 2014. The last rate revision was 21 years ago.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mps-to-submit-mass-objection-letters-on-rate-hike-to-city-hall

Malaysiakini

Rate hike lower than you think, says FT minister

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor says property owners are confused about the increase in assessment rate for Kuala Lumpur.

Tengku Adnan said they only need to pay six percent of the assessment rate and not the full amount shown in the notices sent out.

“The people do not understand. The amount they are supposed to pay is much smaller than what is given in the notice. They have misunderstood what we told them,” he said.

“We are not asking you to pay RM2,000 but only to pay six percent of the RM2,000. So if you had been paying RM60, then now you have to pay RM120 basically,” he told reporters today after the federal territories hawkers and traders development council meeting at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters.

Rate hike lower than you think, says FT minister

KUALA LUMPUR PRODUCES SO MUCH GARBAGE THAT DBKL NEEDS MORE MONEY TO PAY ALAM FLORA! Alam Flora is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Berhad.

Tengku Adnan speaks more rubbish to justify the hike! He wants to pay Alam Flora more money to haul away the garbage!

Malaysiakini

Ku Nan: Assessment hike will help us haul trash

DBKL currently spends RM14 million a month on Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to haul the city’s garbage and it was still not enough to handle the amount.

“Alam Flora cannot survive with the rate we are paying them now, the pay is too low actually,” he said, adding that Alam Flora had not increased its rates over the past few years.

Ku Nan: Assessment hike will help us haul trash

Alam Flora Sdn Bhd is one of the leading environmental management companies in Malaysia that is dedicated to serving communities to manage and reduce waste with minimal environmental impact. Alam Flora is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Berhad,

http://www.alamflora.com.my/index.php/about/corporate-information

1. GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

The good news is that the Mayor and Tengku Adnan have also decided to “re-evaluate the formula used to calculate the new assessment charges…so that it will be suitable and fair to the people”.

The bad news? Pay first, talk later! The new charges would still take effect from Jan 1.

2. The KL Mayor announces that there will be briefings and “dialogue sessions” from January to March next year at DBKL branch offices.

WILL IT BE A REAL DIALOGUE OR WILL IT BE ‘I TALK, YOU LISTEN’? Remember ‘Listen Listen Listen’?

DBKL to hold dialogues with residents on rate revision

Tengku Adnan offers KLites a few straws to grasp at even while the proposed hike threatens to drown them all financially!

Star

Monday November 25, 2013 MYT 7:28:58 AM

Ku Nan: Government considering waiver for low and middle-cost homes

PUTRAJAYA: The proposed assessment tax increase may be waived for low and middle-cost properties.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the Government was considering the possibility of a waiver for properties in those categories.

“It is also possible that we will not increase the rates for property owners living in their own houses.

“Another way is to implement the increase by stages,” he said.

Ku Nan: Government considering waiver for low and middle-cost homes

Free Malaysia Today

FT Youth Council against City Hall assessment rate hike

P Ramani | November 24, 2013

FT Youth Council wants City Hall to retract the idea to increase the assessment rate which will further burden city dwellers

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KUALA LUMPUR: FT Youth Council (MBWP) has demanded the KL City Hall (DBKL) to retract the assessment rate exercise.

Speaking to reporters after the youth council’s 20 th AGM today, Hamizi Mat Juah, the council’s president said the City Hall should postpone the review exercise and further suggested that the rate should be at an average of three to five per cent.

“The house rent in 1995 is different compared to present scenario and the increase in the assessment rate introduced by the City Hall is very high.

“The youths in the city are facing difficulties in buying their own property and increase in the assessment rate will surely affect them badly,” said Hamizi.

FT Youth Council against City Hall assessment rate hike

Malaysian Insider

Hike in assessment rate is aimed at driving Malays out of KL, says Perkasa

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
November 24, 2013

Perkasa says the Malays will have to sell their properties in the city as they will not be able to afford the higher assessment rate. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 24, 2013.Perkasa says the Malays will have to sell their properties in the city as they will not be able to afford the higher assessment rate. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 24, 2013.

Malay rights group Perkasa has alleged that the plan to increase the assessment rates for properties in Kuala Lumpur is a move to slowly drive the Malays out of the city.

Federal Territory Perkasa chief Datuk Mohd Yusoff Abdul Hamid said things have been made worse with City Hall’s refusal to accept complaints from organisations like Perkasa.

“The complainants must submit their complaints individually,” said Mohd Yusoff.

He urged Perkasa members to submit their objections on the assessment rate hike to City Hall before December 17.

He said other races like the Chinese had already protested over the assessment rate hike.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/hike-in-assessment-rate-is-aimed-at-driving-malays-out-of-kl-says-perkasa

Malaysiakiki

DBKL revaluation no excuse to bleed owners, says MP
2:15PM Nov 23, 2013

Even if the Kuala Lumpur City Hall  (DBKL) needed to revalue properties in the federal territories after 21 years, it is no excuse to make owners pay significantly more, said Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.

dap kl convention 141012 teresa kok“It is clear that even if a property revaluation exercise causes the annual value of a property to rise steeply, it does not mean the assessment rate must go up exorbitantly,” she added in a statement today.

“Many city dwellers have told me that if an increase in assessment rate is unavoidable, they expect an increase of not more than 5 percent to be a reasonable figure,” she added.

Kok also urged those unhappy with the current assessment rate to continue filing objections with DBKL to make their voices heard.

DBKL revaluation no excuse to bleed owners, says MP

Malaysiakini

KL mayor confirms rates hike to proceed as planned

KINIBIZ Kuala Lumpur Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib confirmed that the assessment rates hike in January 2014 for KL residents will proceed as planned despite widespread protests, but conceded that there might be some revisions to the valuations and rates to ease the burden of the rakyat.

When asked by KiniBiz whether the decision to raise the assessment rates has been done hastily, the mayor simply replied that “it is within our legal right as local government to review the valuation of properties every five years and it has been 21 years since we last did it.”

That puts him at odds with Nurul Izzah Anwar, MP for Lembah Pantai, who said that Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had promised to take the Kuala Lumpur MPs’ objections on the assessment hike seriously.

“We demanded a delay of six months, alongside more disclosure of Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) finances and budget. The mayor contradicted himself. In his budget speech last year, assessment revenue increased by 8.6 percent. So why did things change so suddenly?” Nurul told KiniBiz.

KL mayor confirms rates hike to proceed as planned

Only land value rates to be reviewed

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Tengku Adnan said the proposed quit rent rates will  remain at 6 percent and only the land value rates will be reviewed.

Free Malaysia Today

KL Pakatan MPs refuse to sign OSA document

P Ramani | November 21, 2013

Pakatan MPs invited to meet the Federal Territories Minister were asked to sign a OSA document, which they duly refuse.

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition members of parliament in  Kuala Lumpur were asked to sign a Official Secrets Act (OSA) document during their meeting with Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to discuss the hike in quit rent, among other issues.

The minister had called for the meeting with MPs of both sides of the divide in Kuala Lumpur to give detailed explanation on the Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan and the latest move by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to hike quit rent for properties in the city.

Speaking to FMT, Batu MP Tian Chua said that Pakatan MPs refused to sign the OSA document circulated during the meeting.

According to a City Hall source, the document was to ensure that the MPs do not divulge details of sensitive documents, presented during the meeting.

“We just wanted to take precautions so that details of these important documents are not leaked. We also wanted to ensure the MPs do not make misleading statements to the media,” he told FMT.

Meanwhile all, opposition MPs who attended the meeting this afternoon confirmed that they refused to sign the OSA document.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/11/21/kl-pakatan-mps-refuse-to-sign-osa-document/

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Malaysiakini

Ku Nan: Even my wife not happy with assessment hike

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will review a the proposed assessment hike for properties in Kuala Lumpur after meeting MPs.

Even his wife, like many KLites, was fuming over the astronomical rise that has not been seen in 21 years, he said.

After a closed-door meeting with 11 MPs from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur for over an hour, Tengku Adnan said he would come to a solution that would not burden the rakyat so much.

However, he declined to say whether rates will be rolled back and by how much.

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He said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has received 2,500 complaints about the rate hikes, and one of them was from his wife.

“Yesterday I had problems even with my wife. When my wife told me of her rate (she owns a few properties)… one of her penthouses, the value was only RM40,000 (rental annual value) and now it went up to RM170,000. And she thought she was going to pay RM170,000.

“I said, not RM170,000. Six percent of RM170,000… Of course, she also grumbled lah, because that is double of what she is paying.

“I said, ‘okay you can grumble, you just write to Bandaraya’,” Tengku Adnan told reporters at the DBKL headquarters.

Ku Nan: Even my wife not happy with assessment hike

Malaysian Insider

Bangsar Baru residents seek meeting with mayor over proposed rates hike

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
November 20, 2013

Bangsar Baru residents today questioned Kuala Lumpur City Hall on the methodology used in coming up with the proposed assessment rates which they said will burn a bigger hole in their pockets.

In voicing the association’s objection to the proposed rate hikes, Joseph called for a meeting with KL mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib (pic) to find a solution to their predicament.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bangsar-baru-residents-seek-meeting-with-mayor-over-proposed-rates-hike

Malaysian Insider

Proposed rate hike a punishment for voting Pakatan, say KL lawmakers

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH
November 20, 2013

The 'People's Uprising' rally organised by Pakatan Rakyat at Stadium Merdeka in January 2013, a prelude to the coalition's major wins in Kuala Lumpur in the May 5 polls. - November 20, 2013.The ‘People’s Uprising’ rally organised by Pakatan Rakyat at Stadium Merdeka in January 2013, a prelude to the coalition’s major wins in Kuala Lumpur in the May 5 polls. – November 20, 2013.

Is the proposed exorbitant hike in assessment rates in Kuala Lumpur aimed at punishing city folk who voted in droves for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in the May general election?

Opposition politicians are convinced that is the case.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that punishing KL voters was definitely one of the reasons behind the new assessment rates.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/proposed-rate-hikes-is-punishment-for-voting-in-opposition-say-kl-lawmakers

Free Malaysia Today

Pakatan MPs to meet FT minister over rate hike

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Leven Woon | November 20, 2013

The MPs also urged the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to withdraw the notices sent to property owners.

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven Pakatan MPs will meet Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor at the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) headquarters at noon tomorrow to discuss the drastic increase in assessment rates.

The MPs also urged the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to withdraw the notices sent to property owners.

Pakatan MPs to meet FT minister over rate hike

Malaysiakini

Resident groups join forces to protest assessment hike
1:45PM Nov 20, 2013

At least five residents’ associations from the Bangsar have come together to protest a proposal by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to raise assessment rates by up to 300 percent.

According to The Star, the five met yesterday and the meeting was co-chaired by Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association president M Ali and Bangsar Baru Residents Association president George Joseph.

Recognising that strength lies in numbers, they reportedly plan to work together with other residents associations in the coming days and hope to send a memorandum to Kuala Lumpur mayor, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (right) as well as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department tomorrow.

Resident groups join forces to protest assessment hike

Malaysian Insider

KL Pakatan MPs want notice on assessment hike withdrawn immediately

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH
November 20, 2013

Opposition MPs in Kuala Lumpur want City Hall (DBKL) to immediately withdraw its notice to raise assessment rates that has outraged house owners and residents in the Malaysian capital city.

At a press conference at the Parliament lobby today, MPs Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai), Tian Chua (Batu), Teresa Kok (Seputeh), Tan Kok Wai (Cheras), Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong (Wangsa Maju), Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang) and Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), said they would convey this demand to the Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and the KL mayor when they meet tomorrow.

They will also demand for a copy of the revised KL Draft Plan.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kl-mps-want-notice-on-assessment-hike-withdrawn-immediately

Malaysiakini

Pakatan to mobilise KLites against DBKL hike

Pakatan MPs have set in motion a campaign to fight the steep hike in assessment fees imposed on the cikty folk by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar noted that many KL residents have received their proposed assessment hike from DBKL but are not aware on how to file objections and Pakatan MPs will help organise and assist them.

“We are going all out. Some people are lost as to what to do because this is the first hike in 21 years and only now has it become relevant to counter-argue against DBKL,” Nurul Izzah told a press conference in the Parliament lobby today.

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She said Pakatan has prepared a standard template for residents to file appeals against their assessment hike and will be distributing these to the residents, as well as to residents’ associations.

The forms would also be uploaded on her website. The appeals must be submitted to DBKL before the Decr 17 deadline set by the local authority.

Pakatan to mobilise KLites against DBKL hike

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#Tong Kooi Ong blogs* DBKL’s 200% assessment hike is not right

THE LATEST ANGST among property-owners in Kuala Lumpur is Dewan Bandaraya (DBKL)’s proposed sharp increase in property assessment taxes.

The proposed assessment tax increases – by between 100% and 250% according to various reports – is the latest measure to hit the property sector and comes on the heels of higher real property gains tax and other measures announced in the recent Budget.

With the rising cost of living in Kuala Lumpur and an increasingly squeezed middle-class, this adds further to the burden of the public. For those renting properties, be prepared to pay higher rents as landlords pass these additional costs down.

The authorities have justified the hike in assessment rates on the rise in property prices. But that should not be the reason for such a hefty rise.

While the amount of assessment taxes is tied to the value of real estate, I believe the rate it increases should not be tied to an appreciation of property values. It should, instead, be linked to the costs DBKL incurs in providing its services.

For 2013, DBKL has budgeted total expenditure of RM2.19 billion, up 15.3% from RM1.9 billion in 2012. Of this amount, RM1.406 billion is for management or operating expenses while the remaining RM782.6 million is for development expenditure.

For management expenses, the three biggest cost items are emoluments (RM386.7 million), overtime payments (RM55.4 million) and supplies and services (RM908.7 million).

On the revenue side, DBKL expects total revenue of RM1.62 billion in 2013, up 11.1% from RM1.46 billion in 2012. It should be noted that DBKL’s spending growth is outpacing revenue.

Of this amount, RM880.8 million or 54% will come from assessment taxes, an 8.6% increase over the RM810.5 million achieved in 2012. Other major revenue sources include payments of building control (RM270 million), housing rental and service charges (RM71.3 million) and licencing (RM53.9 million).

With revenues at RM1.62 billion and expenditure at RM2.18 billion, does this then imply a deficit of some RM560 million that DBKL needs to address?

This is not the case, as revenue already covers management or operating costs. In fact there is an operating surplus of over RM200 million, which is used to partly fund development expenditure.

Development expenditure, on the other hand, is largely funded by the federal government and leftover operating surpluses, as it has been for a very long time.

For 2013, DBKL expects to receive RM414.7 million in federal government funding. This will be in the form of RM300.5 million under the federal government’s allocation for the 10thMalaysia Plan and RM114.2 million from various government grants.

Tong Kooi Ong is executive chairman of The Edge Media Group. Feedback is welcomed at

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Seven Pakatan Rakyat MPs for Kuala Lumpur have expressed their displeasure with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) raising assessment rates and quit rents for KL properties by up to 267 percent, saying that the move was done without notifying the MPs.

Malaysiakini

KL assessment tax hikes to fund incinerator?
4:46PM Nov 16, 2013

The Kuala Lumpur Anti-incinerator Movement (KTI) has raised a pertinent question – is there a link between the drastic increase in assessment taxes and quit rents in Kuala Lumpur and the construction of the controversial Taman Beringin incinerator?

In a statement today, KTI wanted to know whether the dramatic rise of taxes, which were up to 267 percent, was a way for the government to “steal” taxpayers’ money in order to fund the incinerator despite strong protests from residents near Kepong, where the incinerator is set to be built.

It also said that the Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government Ministry, which is spearheading the incinerator project, is going against its own guidelines set in 1997 that an incinerator must not be built within a 50km radius from main development areas.

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KL assessment tax hikes to fund incinerator?

The Anti-Incinerator Movement: NO to waste incinerator!

Star

Saturday November 16, 2013 MYT 1:16:31 PM

KL city folk fuming over proposed assessment fee hike

Huge gap: If the new rates are imposed, Kampung Baru residents will have to pay the same rate as properties in KLCC (background).

Huge gap: If the new rates are imposed, Kampung Baru residents will have to pay the same rate as properties in KLCC (background).

RESIDENTS are calling for a review of the proposed increase in assessment rates by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), describing the hike of up to 300% hike as excessive and unreasonable.

Third generation Kampung Baru resident Ibrahim Alias said if the new rates were imposed, he would have to pay the same rate as properties in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

“From paying RM504 annually, I will have to fork out four times more or RM2,172 from next year.

“The increase needs to be reasonable. If the area is developed and doing well economically, a steep hike is justified but Kampung Baru is plagued with many unresolved issues over its development plans and has not changed much compared to the KLCC area.

“DBKL needs to be reasonable and negotiate instead of sending letters asking property owners who do not agree to the new fee to object in writing. How many people will be able to do that?’’ he asked.

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Too steep: Ibrahim showing his assessment notice and valuation notice he recently received proposing a 
300% increase in assessment fee.

KL city folk fuming over proposed assessment fee hike

Malaysiakini

DBKL raising assessment tax by up to 260pct, decry MPs

Seven Pakatan Rakyat MPs for Kuala Lumpur have expressed their displeasure with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) raising assessment rates and quit rents for KL properties by up to 267 percent, saying that the move was done without notifying the MPs.

They said that DBKL is reviewing assessment rates and quit rents for properties in the capital, but criticised the new mayor, Ahmad Phesal Thalib, for allowing such a drastic hike in rates, even though his predecessor Ahmad Fuad Ismail always managed to raise revenue for the city hall without raising the property taxes.

Highest raise – 267 percent for a low-cost house

The highest assessment raise within the knowledge of the MPs was a 267 percent raise for a low-cost house in Taman Orkid Desa in Cheras, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said.

The MPs, comprising Tan, Nurul Izzah, Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Batu MP Tian Chua and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, also said they were never informed about the hike when they attended DBKL’s budget meeting recently.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/246459

Malaysiakini

No decision yet on new assessment tax proposal, says minister

The proposal to increase assessment taxes in Kuala Lumpur was based on current real estate prices and not meant to burden the people, Federal Territory Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.

He said the new rate was considered fair as the tax has not been revised for 21 years.

“House prices in the city run into the millions but owners are still paying outdated rates. It’s not fair,” he said after the 2013 Federal Territory Children’s Day programme in conjunction with World Children’s Day in Putrajaya.

He said the ministry would only make the final decision on the new rates after obtaining feedback from residents before Dec 17 and discussing the matter with all the 13 Federal Territory people’s representatives including opposition leaders on Nov 21.

He clarified that the recent notice issued by Kuala Lumpur City Hall to city folk was only a suggested rate.

– Bernama

No decision yet on new assessment tax proposal, says minister

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