land leases on request
LANDOWNERS will have the leasehold period extended automatically on
request under a recently-approved bill. This applies to land in new
villages, agriculture zone, industrial plots and housing estates, where
leaseholds may be extended by 60 or 99 years.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said this would allow landowners to
reap benefits from their land for generations to come.
"By doing so, the state will gain sustainable income from the payment of
land premium, which is paid to extend the leasehold."
Outside the state assembly yesterday, he said the land premiums depended
on the current market value of properties and as land values would
increase over the years, "this will ensure prolonged revenue" for the
Sixty per cent of Johor's revenue was from land premiums and quit rent
collection, with land premiums representing a third of the revenue.
Most recently, the state government collected RM280 million in quit rent
and a further RM100 million from land premiums.
The state government decided on March 11 that all land titles would be
issued with an endorsement allowing for the automatic extension of
leaseholds upon request, on the condition the government had not earmarked
the land for development.
The leasehold period for land in new villages is 21 years, industrial land
is 60 years and land for homes is 99 years.
The bill allows landowners to extend the leasehold before the current
"The policy is fair as it gives equal treatment to all land-owners."