MCA Kelana Jaya
Ong Chong Swen
王 锺 璇
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Tuesday October 18, 2011
Residents question MPSJ’s move of sending out
notices to seek details on property
By JADE CHAN
Subang Jaya residents are questioning the Subang
Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) objective in
sending out notices requesting house owners to
update their property records.
MPSJ sent out letters in late July stating that
the council was updating its data on property
ownership in areas under its administration, and
requesting property owners to complete and
submit the forms and supporting documents.
required documents are a copy of property title
or sales and purchase agreement and a copy of
rental agreement if the building is rented out.
owner’s statement form, which was attached to
the MPSJ’s letter, required details like
property address, type of property, land title
particulars, and renovation details.
letter, signed by MPSJ Valuation and Property
Management Department director Raja Amir
Iskandar Raja Azlan, said the exercise was
carried out based on provisions under Section
140 of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171).
letter also stated that should property owners
fail to submit the required documents within the
14-day period, make false statements and prevent
the local authority from entering, inspecting or
measuring their property, the owner, upon
conviction, could be fined not more than RM2,000
or jailed not more than six months or both.
Attached together with the MPSJ’s letter is the
owner’s statement form, which required details
like property address, type of property, land
title particulars, and renovation details.
by StarMetro revealed that only those
residing in the SS areas in Subang Jaya had
received the letters. Those residing in USJ and
Bandar Sunway are not aware of the council’s
Jaya Residents Association chairman A.S. Gill
said the letter should have started on an
apologetic note and explained in detail the
reason for the exercise.
letter does not explain the problem as it is
asking for documents that the MPSJ should
already have. It was also worded in an
intimidating manner,” he said.
are the objectives for the exercise, and whose
responsibility is it for the failure of the
council’s record-keeping?” he asked.
said he wanted to find out why the MPSJ’s
database was not being maintained and updated
properly before submitting the required
added that this was the first time he received
such a request from the council since residing
in SS12 for the past 26 years.
resident from SS18, who declined to be
identified, questioned the need for producing a
copy of the land title, due to the sensitivity
of the document.
out a copy of that document opens house owners
to many risks, including fraud. What guarantee
does the MPSJ have on the security and
confidentiality of these copies?” he asked.
land title matters come under the purview of the
land office, not the local authority,” he said.
SS18 resident said the MPSJ should not penalise
those who had dutifully paid their assessment
MPSJ can always seize the movable assets in the
property in cases of non-payment of assessment
council should also limit record updates to
habitual defaulters rather than all property
owners,” he said,
SS18 resident said it would not be convenient to
submit the documents quickly, as some would have
to go the bank to get the necessary files.
Baiduri resident Haneef Gordon felt that there
was nothing deceitful behind the letter.
“Perhaps the MPSJ’s rationale for the exercise
is to ascertain and re-evaluate the assessment
rates for Subang Jaya.
residents could be concerned of being penalised
for not seeking permission for the renovations
on their property,” he said.
said the exercise appeared fairly
straightforward, and likened it to a government
census exercise whereby the MPSJ was reviewing
its records and statistics.
Jaya parliamentary liaison officer Ong Chong
Swen also questioned MPSJ’s objectives for the
council should state clearly what its objectives
are — whether to update its database, penalise
those who have carried out renovations without
informing the council, or review its assessment
rates and ultimately increase its income,” she
said the council’s move had created a sense of
resentment and unhappiness among the pioneer
residents of Subang Jaya.
Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh clarified that the
letter would be issued in stages by the MPSJ to
all households under its administration.
record-updating exercise will be carried out by
all 12 local councils in Selangor,” she said.
said she had checked and verified that the
exercise was a procedural task carried out by
the council pursuant to the Local Government Act
1976 (Act 171).