RM2.8 bil­lion bud­get for KL

> 40% for de­vel­op­ment, em­pha­sis on hous­ing, recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall has al­lo­cated a to­tal of RM2.871 bil­lion for its 2017 Bud­get, of which 60% has been al­lo­cated for ad­min­is­tra­tion and the re­main­der for de­vel­op­ment.

KL Mayor Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Aziz re­vealed that there is an in­cre­ment of 0.05% or RM840,000 in the ad­min­is­tra­tion al­lo­ca­tion com­pared with the 2016 Bud­get as last year, the ad­min­is­tra­tion al­lo­ca­tion was only RM1.727 bil­lion.

“There is a tremen­dous in­cre­ment for the de­vel­op­ment al­lo­ca­tion, from RM997 mil­lion for 2016 to RM1.143 bil­lion,” Amin Nordin told reporters dur­ing Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) 2017 Bud­get me­dia brief­ing yes­ter­day.

He added that the amount un­der the de­vel­op­ment al­lo­ca­tion would be used in im­ple­ment­ing the var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment projects, in­clud­ing the pur­chase and restora­tion of cap­i­tal as­sets.

“Given that the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth for next year will be rel­a­tively slow, DBKL has no plans to raise the as­sess­ment rate or make any re­assess­ment on all its prop­er­ties.

“In­stead, we will be of­fer­ing 20% dis­count in­cen­tives on as­sess­ment rates for dis­abled tax pay­ers,” he said.

Amin Nordin said to make KL a world­class city by 2020, DBKL will em­pha­sise on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 14 pro­grammes, in­clud­ing city clean­ing, pub­lic hous­ing, main­te­nance of park and open spa­ces and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

“Un­der the pub­lic hous­ing pro­gramme, DBKL has al­lo­cated some RM80 mil­lion for the de­vel­op­ment of Coun­cil Home projects at a few ar­eas, namely Kam­pung Sun­gai Udang in Segam­but, Razak Man­sion in Sun­gai Besi and Kam­pung Kera­mat in Ti­ti­wangsa.

The mayor said the Coun­cil Home pro­ject would be dif­fer­ent from the Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Projects as each lo­ca­tion will cater to a spe­cific tar­get group.

“Th­ese homes are not avail­able for pur­chase. In­stead, it will be rented out to fresh grad­u­ates and sin­gles work­ing in the ser­vice in­dus­try.”

Amin Nordin said the bud­get would make Kuala Lumpur a safer and bet­ter place for ev­ery­one to live in.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.