Malaysia

Opposition protest-crazy, don’t follow them, Tengku Adnan tells KL folk

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
December 13, 2013
Latest Update: December 13, 2013 03:31 pm

The Federal Territories minister has urged residents in Kuala Lumpur to not take part in the planned demonstration against the assessment rate hike on Monday.

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (pic) told reporters today: "The opposition are agents of confusion. Like I said, they are simply demo-crazy.

"Just keep sending in your protest letters but don't demonstrate.

"We are a kind government and this is not an assessment hike but an actual valuation of rentals."

He was referring to the call by opposition KL MPs to join a mass protest at Dataran Merdeka on Monday, after the Government proposed raising assessment rates for the first time in 21 years.

Some residents said they would have to pay as much as 300% more.

An opposition MP has dismissed the planned event as a demonstration or mass protest, saying it was a gathering of KL property owners and opposition lawmakers.

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai   said there was also no need to apply for a permit as it was not a protest.

Tengku Adnan had justified the hike in city property taxes in Parliament last month, saying that property values have gone through the roof.

“If a house used to cost RM80,000, is now worth RM700,000, but the assessment rate is still low, what are we going to do?”

He later conceded that the issue could have been handled better, saying his officers should have sent letters instead of notices which had made property owners unhappy. 

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, however, took Tengku Adnan and the Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib to task over the rate hike, pointing out that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) could have informed ratepayers a year ago of the possibility of a rate hike instead of sending out notices suddenly.

“The mayor should be able to plan a year ahead and anticipate whether he needs to inform residents that City Hall is considering a rate hike,” she said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said last week that police would set up roadblocks in the city on Monday, as the rally organisers did not inform the authorities. – December 13, 2013.