Pahang govt ready to meet those who consider new quit rent too high

THE Pahang government is ready to consider appeals from industry players who feel the new quit rent which came into effect this year is too high.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said owners of plantations, industrial lands and businesses could submit appeals to the Pahang Land and Mines Office along with supporting documents and the appeals would be brought to the Appeal Committee Meeting which will be set up soon,

“The new tax rate has been meticulously detailed and researched, however, it does not affect agricultural land of less than four hectares so as not to burden smallholders, villagers, Felda settlers and the B40 group.

“The increase is greater for industrial, commercial and agricultural areas over four hectares with the rates varying according to districts and locations and the type of business or farming,” he said after a friendly meeting with the Benta state assembly community here today.

Wan Rosdy said the new rate was still among the lowest, when compared to other states.

The last time Pahang reviewed the quit rent rate was in 2007, applicable to land approved from that year on, whereas the previously approved land adopted the 1994 rate.

“This new rate will also coordinate two different tax calculations, namely 1994 and 2007. For residential land, no rate hike will be imposed, but land still using the 1994 rate will use the 2007 rate from this year.

“The use of new rates in 2007, however, was not too high, around RM7 to RM8. The residential tax rate in 1997 for example was 33 cents per square metre while the rate in 2007 was 50 sen for the same area,” he said.

Revision of quit rent rates, according to Wan Rosdy, can be done by the state authorities from time to time under Section 101 of the National Land Code, other than the Federal Government through the National Land Council which stipulates that revisions should be made every 10 years to adjust with the current value.

In another development, Wan Rosdy said the state government would implement seven programmes and incentives to improve the the well-being of the people, which included an overall allocation of more than RM40 million this year.

Among them are the first special wedding incentive payment of RM5,000 per person to a Pahang groom, a one-off special aid given to single mothers and poor senior citizens (RM300 per person), one-off special payment given to imams of mosques (kariah) (RM1,000 per person) and special health cards to senior citizens, estimated at RM10 million. — Bernama