SHAH ALAM: Selangor menteri besar Amirudin Shari says Selangor and Kuala Lumpur aim to resolve their demarcation issues by 2025.
He said the state government and the federal territories ministry have discussed demarcation in 19 localities in areas such as Gombak, Ampang and Hulu Langat, with discussions on other localities under way.
While the demarcation process is quite complex as it involves areas that have already been developed, Amirudin stressed that it was crucial to tackle the problem as it has a knock-on effect on issues such as real estate taxes and the maintenance of public areas.
“It certainly involves taxes, with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) having its rates, and Selangor (councils) having ours. Hence, clear boundaries are crucial,” he said at a joint press conference with federal territories minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa here today.
“We must also consider the aspect of practicality. It’s impractical if a house has to be divided in two. That wouldn’t work because, ultimately, it’s not feasible for the house to pay taxes in two jurisdictions, nor can we expect to divide the taxes into three or four portions. That cannot happen.
“So, these are among the issues I find quite complicated because sometimes, it involves boundaries within a neighbourhood and affects both commercial and private premises.”
On Jan 9, Zaliha said new approaches and solutions are being considered to address the issue of demarcation between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
Last year, Petaling Jaya MP Lee Chean Chung called for Kuala Lumpur to be returned to Selangor to create a new “mega metropolis” to streamline urban development and improve living conditions in the Klang Valley.
Lee said in the Dewan Rakyat the “reunification” of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor would allow for more systematic urban planning.
Kuala Lumpur was made a federal territory in 1974 by carving out more than 200 sq km from Selangor.