Quit rent, land premium rates to be reviewed

by DAILY EXPRESS

Kota Kinabalu: QUIT rent and land premium rates in Sabah, which have remained the same for the past 25 years, will be reviewed next year.

“We will start reviewing both rates by next year to improve land revenue collection for the department,” said Land and Survey Department director Osman Jamal on Wednesday.

“We will also look into both rates in developed states like Selangor, Johor and Penang for comparison,” he said.

On land revenue, Osman said the department recorded the highest collection of about RM850 million from 1997 to 2001. However, collection declined to RM500 million from 2002 up to last year.

In 2005, he said, the department collected RM86.4 million in land revenue but the collection went up to RM101.52 million last year.

On the completion of the new building, Osman said the department was determined to improve its customer services in relation to land matters.

“In the old department building, the public would disturb our officers by going into their rooms in the hope that their matters would be attended to directly.

“Such situations will change once we have moved into the new building as there will be a service area that deals with public land matters,” he said.

According to Osman, the counter service area would be installed with 15 computers, which will accommodate the public’s need to check the status of land applications and other related matters like paying quit rent and land premiums, among others.

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