“Annual Assessment a Necessary Evil”

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I read your editorial on the above subject with great amount of interest at least initially. What you have exhaustively detailed in your article is just one side of the story – the story of what assessment rates we the Ipoh property owners are being levied with by City Hall. Nothing is mentioned about how the money collected is spent to provide the necessary services to the paying members of the community. Yes we are levied the highest rate in the country. But are we being given the best service compared to other local authorities? If we are, then I rest my case. The answer is sadly NO. Just take one service for example – garbage collection. I will compare with Penang Island local authority as I am familiar with that because I own a property there. The rate is just above 8% and for a property worth about RM2m I pay hardly RM600 p.a. In Ipoh I pay RM1,100 p.a. for a property worth hardly RM1m. In terms of services in Penang, kitchen garbage collection is done three times a week with a dustbin provided free to avoid garbage being thrown about everywhere. Garden garbage is done once every week as opposed to once a month in Ipoh hence you have mounds of garden garbage thrown all over the road sides. Road and drain cleaning is done by assigning an individual worker to cover certain roads giving him full responsibility. What I see being done in Ipoh is that this job is being tasked to a group of ten or so workers moving from one area to another. It appears great but the workers, when they are in a group, spend more time talking, sitting, eating and smoking than working. The result of this kind of situation is that service is of poor quality at possibly higher costs. Hence you need to raise taxes at the expense of property owners.

For the information of fellow Ipoh residents, I have appealed and called twice the assessment committee over this issue but my appeals were turned down with no valid reason. It is about time the local property owners make a concerted effort to get better services if not reduce the rates.

Zambri Mahmud

2 thoughts on ““Annual Assessment a Necessary Evil”

  1. I am saddened by the cutting of trees along Jalan Raja Musa Aziz (Anderson Road), beside the YWCA. The 7 trees were cut down for what reason I don’t know but I feel it had somethng to do with the construction work going on there. There is no information on what is coming up there. No sign board. Please don’t cut trees down when there is so much being said and done on keeping our beloved town green. ” ONE SPEAKS WHILE THE OTHER CUTS “. Much appreciated if the council can look into this and do the necessary.

  2. Too much money has been unnecessarily, especially for so-called beautification projects. An example is the on-going project to install railings along the walkway around the Perak Stadium. DBI should give a good reason and the direct benefits to the people by undertaking this project.

    Roads in many parts of Ipoh have been paved with interlocking tiles, which reflect and heat up the air like an oven. Many of the tiles sank in after some time, making the roads uneven, bumpy, waterlogged after a rain and dangerous.

    Plants on road dividers are also replaced by tiles on the excuse that DBI can save money by not maintaining and watering plants. This is a load of male bovine excrement! Ipoh has long been touted as a green city but DBI has been replacing most of the greenery with cement over the years. “Green” is contained DBI’s current motto but is Ipoh is getting any greener?

    Large shady tropical trees have been felled due to disease and old age but instead of replanting similar trees, palm trees were planted because of lower maintenance costs, such as sweeping leaves and pruning branches, so claimed DBI. Sometimes felled trees are not even replanted. So where have all the “cost-savings” gone to?

    Money spent on the many beautification projects could otherwise be spent for better uses, such as more public rubbish bins to reduce littering and illegal rubbish dumps, better garbage collection service, etc, maintenance of roads that are damaged and potholed, collapsed and blocked drains, flood alleviation, etc.

    All of these add up to make Ipoh having one of the highest assessment rates in Malaysia. But with services that are not up to par.

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