Don’t charge house owners, says MCA
By JASTIN AHMAD
June 4, 2011
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department
wants the Selangor state government and Subang
Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to reconsider
their plan to implement licensing fee for house
owners who have converted or are planning to
turn their houses into student hostels.
licensing fee, house owners will have to pay a
yearly permit fee to house students or tenants.
ranges from RM200 for a 650 sq ft three-room
house to RM350 for a 1,000sq ft house. Shoplots
will be charged a fee ranging from RM350 for a
one-storey lot to RM1,000 for a three-storey
owner has the right to enjoy his or her property
and not be deprived of it. Their right to rent
out their property is protected.
licence fees from these house owners who rent
out rooms to students is in violation of the
Constitution,” said Selangor MCA Public Services
and Complaints Department legal adviser Datuk
Lim Choon Kin during a press conference.
Public Services and Complaints Department head
Datuk Theng Book, who was also at the press
conference, claimed that the state government
was using the outdated Local Government Act 171,
to implement the licensing fee.
states that residential properties can house one
person per 350 cu ft. However this Act is
“If this Act
is enforced, a family of five cannot stay in a
single-storey house as it is considered
overcrowding,” Theng said.
parliamentary liaison officer Ong Chong Swen
explained that if the licensing was implemented,
house owners could face fines even if they were
just letting their relatives live in their house
and not renting to students.
families have eight to 10 people staying in a
house. If they enforce the Act, the council has
the authority to fine them even though the
people in the house are relatives.
owners are already paying assessment fees and
quit rent. Why do they need to pay this fee,”
Public Services and Complaints Department deputy
head Kelvin Chong, who was also present at the
press conference, said the department would send
a memorandum to the MPSJ and the mentri besar to
urge them to reconsider the move