Record­ings slam­ming MBPP for ‘lock­ing’ de­faulter’s house go vi­ral

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Sev­eral voice record­ings, con­demn­ing the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil’s (MBPP) ac­tion in al­legedly lock­ing up the house of a ratepayer who de­faulted on as­sess­ment pay­ment, is be­ing widely cir­cu­lated.

In the 34-sec­ond voice clip, an un­known man is heard lash­ing out at the Pe­nang state gov­ern­ment in Hokkien.

“The DAP-led Pe­nang gov­ern­ment is very heart­less. You locked up some­one’s house. What if there are peo­ple sleep­ing in­side?

“What if there is a fire? The oc­cu­pants will be burnt alive. What is some­one suf­fers a heart at­tack or any emer­gency?”

In an­other voice record­ing, about 17 sec­onds long, a man was heard slam­ming the Pe­nang gov­ern­ment, also in Hokkien.

“Tell your friends to pay up their as­sess­ment or their houses will be locked up, ir­re­spec­tive of whether there is any­one at home.

“You don’t find such things hap­pen­ing in the past. The cur­rent state gov­ern­ment is des­per­ate for money. They are be­hav­ing like Ah Long,” he is heard say­ing.

A photo, show­ing a ratepayer’s house be­ing locked up, is also cir­cu­lat­ing in so­cial me­dia.

It is learnt that the ratepayer’s house was locked up over a RM600 out­stand­ing as­sess­ment ar­rears for two years.

Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil sec­re­tary Yew Tung Seang did not re­spond to the New Straits Times’ queries on the mat­ter.

How­ever, there was a me­dia re­lease on the coun­cil’s of­fi­cial Face­book page, ex­plain­ing the seizure ex­er­cise against premises which had failed to set­tle as­sess­ment pay­ments for two years.

The re­lease, is­sued by the Man­age­ment Ser­vices De­part­ment’s cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pub­lic re­la­tions unit sev­eral hours ago, drew ref­er­ence to the photo widely cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.

“All this while, the coun­cil, just like other lo­cal coun­cils, will act against premises with ar­rears.

“A no­tice to seize mov­able as­sets will be is­sued to the owner/ten­ant by hand, or pasted on the door if its owner/ten­ant is not in. If no pay­ment is made within two weeks, the coun­cil will seize mov­able items un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1976.

“As such, we urge all ratepay­ers to set­tle their as­sess­ment ar­rears to avoid such ac­tion,” said the state­ment.

A video grab of a photo show­ing the locked house of a Pe­nang ratepayer who de­faulted on as­sess­ment pay­ments with a let­ter of seizure is­sued by the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil.

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