KUCHING: The people are still reaping the benefits of the state government’s initiative to subsidise assessment rates for houses in Sarawak.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the policy was first mooted by former Chief Minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem during his time in office.
“Adenan’s legacy has benefited more than 80 percent of household rate payers in Sarawak. (This is the) sharing of Sarawak’s wealth with Sarawakian,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Dr Sim said, with the state government offering reductions in assessment rates up to 90 percent, a resident will only need to pay the remainder of the rates.
Citing an example of an assessment rate of RM43.60 for six months, the resident will only need to pay RM4.40, while the rest is borne by the state government.
“Although (the people are) only paying RM4.40 for six months, the local council will still provide the same standard of rubbish collection, grass cutting and street lightings,” he assured.
Dr Sim said, for 2020, the state government had reimbursed more than RM100 million to the local councils to make up for the shortfall in revenue due to the reduced assessment rates.
In 2016, when announcing the state government’s decision to reduce the residential property assessment rates, Adenan said it was done to help the people cope with the rising cost of living.
He added that the government had calculated the potential loss in revenue, but maintained that it could afford the subsidy.