SHAH ALAM: The rate of business licence fees in several local authorities in Selangor have been raised from between six per cent to 120 per cent since last year, the state legislative assembly was told today.
Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said the raise was made because the state government had never conduct any review of the rate over the past 28 years.
“The increase in the business license fee was made since 2014 in accordance with the Trade, Business and Industrial Licensing Bylaw (MPK) 2007.
“In areas under the Shah Alam City Council, the fee is raised between 16 per cent to 72 per cent; Petaling Jaya City Council (30 per cent to 120 per cent); Klang Municipal Council and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council at six per cent each.
“The hike also involved the Kajang Municipal Council at 60 per cent and Sepang Municipal Council
Ean Yong (DAP-Seri Kembangan) was replying to a question from Shahrum Mohd Sharif (BN-Dengkil) who wanted to know the business licence fee hike since 2008 until present.
He said the state government hoped to standardise the fee rates in all 12 local authorities in Selangor in accordance to the type of businesses and categories.
“There are 33 business licence categories, which we will probably decrease following the current economic slowdown,” he added.--BERNAMA