Tuesday, June 23, 2009

RM9m in arrears still owed to BDA

BINTULU: Property owners currently owe Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) some RM9 million in assessment rate arrears.

The figure came about after the deduction of BDA’s collection of RM4.1 million in bad debts throughout last year.

This was revealed by the BDA acting deputy general manager who is also assistant general manager (corporate division), Shukarmin Chasemon, when asked by reporters about the collection of assessment rates since BDA began to administer Bintulu in 1985.

The media conference was to announce the commemoration of BDA’s Customers’ Day scheduled for 10am to 4pm on June 30 in front of Wisma Bintulu.

Shukarmin said the total amount collected exclusive of the arrears throughout last year was RM28.5 million.

“This amount does not include the arrears of RM4.1 million collected,” he explained.

He also admitted that big companies in Tanjung Kidurong were among the good rate payers, in that they never failed to pay what is due to the authority.

However, Shukarmin also admitted that the poor pay masters were those residential owners.

“We normally serve them notices. First, second and third warning notices, and if no action is taken, then we will caveat their properties,” he said.

Meanwhile, more than 10 government service counters would be put up during the one-day celebration, and there will also be counters set up by higher learning institutions and financial institutions.

Food and drink stalls too would be set up for visitors.

There will also be a surprise gift for every 50 visitors; the BDA gallery will be open to the public; and transport for some 500 students from secondary and primary schools will be provided.

“At 8am that day we will have our monthly staff gathering in front of the lobby. Our deputy chairman, Dato Sri Celestine Ujang Jilan, will lead us,” he said.

In connection with the Customers’ Day, he said the service counter in Perbinda office at Mile 2, Jalan Sultan Iskandar would operate as usual with additional counters specially to take care of rate payers who settle their bills from June 24 to June 30.

BDA acting assistant general manager, (Environment Division), Dr Hamli Biha was also present at the conference.

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