Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No plans to repossess land

Thursday March 22, 2012
By Star Metro STUART MICHAEL

THE state government has no plans to repossess leasehold land where the tenure is to expire over the next few years.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said so long as those owning leasehold properties pay a premium of RM1,000, they need not worry about their properties.

“Some of those who own properties in Selangor where the lease is to expire in 20 years time are afraid that they would lose ownership of their homes.

“They need not worry as the owners can extend their lease at the Land Office,” Khalid said at the state assembly sitting yesterday.

The Mentri Besar was responding to a question by Lau Weng San (PR-Kampung Tunku) who said some leasehold property owners in Petaling Jaya were afraid that a caveat might be placed on their properties once the lease tenure expired and the state might repossess their land.

“The public need not worry because houseowners could transfer the land to the next of kin by just paying the premium of RM1,000. However, if the lot, land or house is sold to another person, the premium will be calculated on the market value at that time,” he said.

He pointed out that land in Selangor is expensive and the premium is calculated based on the current price value.

“However, the state does not charge a high premium for leasehold properties owners,” said Khalid, when answering a question by Yap Lum Chin (PR-Balakong) on how many leasehold owners in Selangor paid the RM1,000 premium to extend their lease.

To date, there are 356 applications in eight districts amounting RM356,000 that have been approved since June 2011.

The breakdown from the districts are as follows — Hulu Langat (136), Kuala Selangor (89), Petaling (65), Gombak (48), Klang (6), Hulu Selangor (5), Kuala Langat (4) and Sepang (3).

Khalid added he would meet residents as well as district and assistant district officers in Petaling Jaya on premium to be charged for cemeteries in the district soon.
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