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Selangor Times Oct 14-16, 2011 / Issue 44

Selangor Times Oct 14-16, 2011 / Issue 44

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OctOber 14 — 16, 2011
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issue 44
‘Land premiumpolicy to helpneedy, not orproft’
Lord BoBo:Budget anaLysis& nasi Lemak 2.0
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A fve-decade-long wait or titles willsoon be over or part o a Chinesefshing village situated on Malayreserve land, thanks to a rare landswap by the state.“Te Malay reserve land will bemoved to another area: to another31 hectares in Sungai engah,”said Sekinchan state assemblyper-son Ng Suee Lim.he homes o generations o ethnic Chinese residents living on Lorong 6 to 12 o Bagan Sek-inchan overlapped with part o 31 hectares o Malay reserveland.Te frst villagers moved to areain 1925, but unbeknownst tothem, the area was gazetted as Ma-lay Reserve in 1933.Ng told
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thatland swaps to resolve overlapping land claims have been done inother states, but this will be thefrst in Selangor.“Te state has agreed to theland move because o this specialcase. As this has been going on ormore than 50 years, we had tosolve it eventually,” he said.Ng added that the move was a win-win situation or all parties asthe residents would receive landtitles and the amount o Malay re-serve land in the state would bemaintained.He said the land in Sungai en-gah, where the reserve land will bemoved to, is vacant and can be de- veloped at any time should theneed arise.Te process o getting the titlesor the 200 Bagan Sekinchanhouseholds will take three years asthe State Economic Planning Unitneeds to determine the boundarieso each home in the village.“Tey would need to go and re-measure the land in the village sothat we know which part belongsto whom,” said Ng.Ng attributed the overlap to anadministrative blunder whenboundaries were drawn.State executive councillor EanYong Hian Wah, whose portolioincludes New Villages, said thereare a ew other villages in the statethat ace the same issue.He said the Bagan NakhodaOmar ishing village in SabakBernam was another case whereland exchange would be the onlysolution.Meanwhile, the adjacent iverows o households on Lorong 1to 5 o Bagan Sekinchan have re-cently been oered ownership o their land.Te 183 households were, orgenerations, denied land titles be-cause they were on stilts.However, the state governmentgranted them their land titles lastmonth.
State secretary Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi (ar right) and Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaaar Mohd Atan cutting Shah Alam's11th anniversary cake. Looking on are (rom let) Shah Alam City Councillor Kamarudzaman Sanusi, Shah Alam deputy mayor MohtarHani, and councillor Datuk Emran Kadir. Stories rom page 9.
 
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OctOber 14 — 16, 2011
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Low-cost atupgrade projecton track 
By
Brenda Ch'ng
SHAH ALAM:
Reurbishment o 11 selected low-cost atsin our local councils has started under Program BaikpulihNegeri Berkebajikan (Ceria).Under the scheme, which began earlier this month, the state will subsidise 80% o repair costs while the residents pay thebalance.Te initiative was introduced in June by Iskandar AbdulSamad. “Te overall cost to und the rst phase is RM2.3million,” said the executive councillor or housing.Te unds will be used to repair 21 lis, gutters and sewers,apart rom installing our new water tanks.Te repairs will be carried out at two ats in the Ampang  Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), six ats in the Petaling JayaCity Council (MBPJ), two in the Klang Municipal Council(MPK), and one in the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj).“Work has begun in a ew areas, but some contractors arestill waiting or repair parts,” Iskandar said.In addition, three lis and one gutter have been repaired attwo ats, one in the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)and the other in the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).Te state has also invited ve other ats in MPAJ, MBSA,MPKj and the Kuala Langat District Council to take part inthe rst phase o the project. Tese ats will be repaired aerconsent is obtained rom residents.Iskandar said RM9.7 million has been allocated or thesecond phase, which is expected to benet 48 low-cost ats,Funding or each at will be determined by the SelangorState Development Corporation and Selangor Housing andReal Estate Board by Nov 4.Subsequently, oers will be made to the residents throughtheir Joint Management Bodies (JMB) or ManagementCorporations (MC).Upon acceptance, the registered JMBs or MCs will need to present their nancial statements or the past six months, payan upront deposit o 10% or repair costs, and agree to paythe balance o 10% within the agreed time rame.“Contracts are expected to be tendered and awarded onDec 12, and work will begin immediately,” said Iskandar.He added that a command centre will be set up to overseethis project, which involves 64 developments.“We hope residents will give their co-operation by paying their deposits on time,” he said.
SHAH ALAM:
Te state-level National Language Month 2011 waslaunched here to promote a common identity and strengthen tiesthrough a common language last Monday.“Te national language should play a role to uniy Malaysia, whichis well-known or its dierent cultures and traditions,” said Rusli AbdulGhani.Te Dewan Bahasa Pustaka Language and Literature ConservationDepartment director spoke during the launch in Dewan Jubli Perak atthe state secretariat.He said several events will be held throughout October to promotethe proper use o Bahasa Melayu among students and the public.Programmes include an Intellectual Forum in UiM Shah Alam onOct 18, and a secondary-school language quiz at the Rawang Inte-grated Boarding School on Oct 20.An exhibition called Inormation rack will be held at aman asikSeri Gombak on Oct 22, and a month-long Bahasa quiz will be held onthe SelangorFM radio channel.an Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who launched the initiative, said the na-tional language remains relevant in the wave o modernisation aced bythe country.Te Menteri Besar said knowledge can be acquired through master-ing various languages without depending solely on the English language.“We are proud because Bahasa Melayu is among the most widelyused in the world, aer Mandarin, Spanish, English, and French,” headded.
‘Land policy to helpneedy, not for profit’
By
Gan Pei Ling
SHAH ALAM:
Selangor’s RM1,000leasehold renewal and land title policyis meant to help owners stay in theirhomes and not prot rom the sale o the properties.“Te state devised this scheme tohelp people who cannot aord to paythe premium to secure a land title orextend their lease,” said Faekah Husin, political secretary to the MenteriBesar.Tey include settlers who have beenholding emporary Occupational Li-cences (OL) or decades. Under the policy, their rights to continue occupy-ing the land will be protected.Many o these settlers cannot aordto pay the land premium to convert theOLs to regular titles.“hat’s why we created this newscheme. Oherwise, they would
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continue to be squatters,” said Faekah.Owners are required to pay theremaining land premium i they intendto sell their properties or secure bankloans.But MCA has rubbished thescheme, claiming it disallowed homeowners rom selling or transerring their properties except to next-o-kin.“You must look at the spirit o thescheme … this is to help them keep theirhomes, not or them to make a prot.I the owner wants to sell or mortgagethe property, then he or she should beable to pay the ull premium,” saidFaekah.She said the state will be creating a land bank to dierentiate betweenresidential owners who have only paid RM1,000 and those who have paid in ull.Faekah said a 30% discount is givento those who pay the premium in ull within six months o the approval o their applicationsOn the increasing cost o land premiums, Faekah said it is due to rising  property prices in Selangor as land premiums are based on market value.MCA has said the state should waiveland premiums to prove its sincerity inhelping the people, but Faekah said this was not practical.Land premium is an importantsource o revenue or the state, she said. When asked whether the newscheme contravenes the National LandCode as alleged by MCA, Faekah saidSection 76 (c), (d) and (e) o the Code provide the state power to grant landtitles to owners who do not pay the premium in ull by imposing certainconditions.She added that despite theopposition’s criticism, public responseto the scheme has been positive.
Khalid (right) receiving a set of books from Rusli on Monday.
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 Tollextensiona furtherburden
By
Chong Loo Wah
SHAH ALAM:
Putrajaya’s move to extendGrand Saga Sdn Bhd’s concession or anotherve years was met by criticism by Cheras MPan Kok Wai.Tis means motorists on the Cheras-Kajang Highway will continue to pay toll until 2030instead o 2025.an said the move deeated Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to abolish oneo the two tolls on the Cheras- Kajang Highwayto reduce the people’s burden.On Wednesday, Works Minister Datuk SeriShaziman Abu Mansor, in a written parliamen-tary reply, inormed an o the extension, whichis due to the restructuring o toll rates in 2002.Te original concession agreement was romSept 19, 1995 to Sept 18, 2025.Shaziman urther disclosed that the ederalgovernment had paid Grand Saga Sdn BhdRM105.15 million in compensation or the tollrate restructuring.he concession agreement was extendedagain rom 2027 to 2030 due to the issue o “trafc leakage” in Bandar Mahkota Cheras.Residents preer to use another road that by- passes the RM0.90 toll.Shaziman also said another toll rate hike isexpected in early 2013, but Putrajaya is looking or other options to “lighten” the people’s bur-den.an questioned the need to extend the agree-ment when Putrajaya had already compensatedthe highway concessionaire RM105.15 million.He said the extension and expected toll hikedemonstrate that the concession agreement islopsided and avours the highway concession-aire.He added that residents are collecting signa-tures and submitting a memorandum to the prime minister to express their objections.
 
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