Selangor raises tax collection incentive to RM200,000

Selangor Menteri Besar, Abdul Khalid Ibrahim today said that the state goverment would raise the tax collection incentive for local authorities from RM100,000 annually to RM200,000.

However, he said, with the raise, the performance evaluation would be done every six months and those able to fulfil the criteria set would receive an incentive of RM100,000 every six months.

Khalid said that by carrying out the evaluation every six months, the state government would get the latest statistics on revenue collection and needed not wait until the end of the year to know the total revenue collected and the tax arrears.

Speaking after the state’s civil servants’ monthly assembly and state government’s Innovation Day celebration, he said the evaluation would be made based on the percentage of the tax collection for every six months compared to the figures of the previous years.

He said for 2010, four local authorities had each received RM100,000 in incentives, namely the Sepang, Klang, Gombak and Kuala Selangor District and Land Offices.

On the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) power cable issue in Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang which was opposed by the villagers, causing the project to be suspended, Khalid said a discussion would be held between TNB and the consultant appointed by the state government this Thursday on the study done by the consultant on the implementation of the project.

“If the Deputy (Finance) Minister (Donald Lim Siang Chai) wishes to attend the Selangor State Economic Action Council meeting, he will be able to meet the TNB officials, the consultant and representatives of the concerned groups for us to come to a decision on the matter,” he said.

Lim, who is also Selangor MCA chairman, had last week urged the state government to resolve the long-standing issue and said that he would be meeting the menteri besar this week to seek further clarification on it.

TNB wanted to install high-voltage cables over the villagers’ land under the Central Area Reinforcement project costing RM400 million.

However, the villagers protested, fearing risks to their health and quality of life due to the high-voltage electricity flow over the village if the project was implemented.

– Bernama