Federal Territory (FT) MPs want the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate shady land deal transactions which were approved by the previous FT administration.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said he had lodged a report over 64 plots of land which were supposedly sold by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) while under the purview of former FT minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
“Most of these plots of land were sold without an open tender, and I have come to understand most of the prices were set below the market price,” he said during a press conference at the KL MACC headquarters along Jalan Cochrane today.
“The figure we want investigated is the one approved these 64 land plot deals, the prime suspect is Tengku Adnan.
We do not know who else might be involved,” said Lim.
Also present during the press conference was Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Kepong Division chief Datuk Mazlan Hashim.
Among the other inconsistencies Lim alleged were the failure by some developers to pay premiums to DBKL when transferring or changing the types of land ownership, and that plots were sold without having gone through a valuation report.
Segambut MP-elect Hannah Yeoh, who was also present, said she would also be lodging a report to MACC today against the Federal Territories Foundation, pertaining to the much disputed Taman Rimba Kiara development which has drawn the ire of Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents.
“We are not against the provision for public housing, but we think that for far too long, a vehicle like the Federal Territories Foundation uses housing as excuse for them to do deals like this. We already have a housing ministry, why have so many separate vehicles [when it comes to housing]? There is no need for duplication of work. MACC must act immediately,” Yeoh said.
Meanwhile, Lim called for projects relating to these 64 pieces of land, which have not started work, to be halted.
“However, we are not calling for a stop on public housing projects such as Rumah WIP, which are completed or halfway completed, as these are projects that would benefit the Rakyat,” Lim said.
The 64 plots of land, totalling some 424.29 acres, were reported to be sold for a total value of RM4.28 billion.
The ‘Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group’ has criticised former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for denying that Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan was not involved in transferring state land in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI).
Tengku Adnan was previously quoted by Malaysiakini as saying that the foundation was not involved in the land transfer and thus, had no knowledge of the matter.
In a statement today, ‘Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group’ coordinator Leon Koay said it wished to provide a clarification on the issue.
“To highlight the inaccuracies and strange assertions now being made by Tengku Adnan in relation to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan’s land activities in TTDI, we wish to clarify several facts on this issue.
“In 2014, the foundation somehow procured the issuance of a title to itself (PT 9244) for 4.9 ha out of the 10 ha. This was a purported transfer of state land to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan.
“The foundation then proceeded to enter into a joint venture with Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Malton Group, to build a mega project on the Carved Out Land (mega project). This Mega Project entailed the construction of one block of 350 units of affordable housing for the Bukit Kiara longhouse community, and eight blocks of 50-storey high-end condominiums (1,800 units) worth RM3 billion,” he said.
Koay said Tengku Adnan had claimed that the project was necessary to ‘subsidise’ affordable housing for the Bukit Kiara longhouse community.
“This claim is a fallacy as the Working Group has already demonstrated that permanent, sustainable housing can be built for the 100 families of the longhouse community for as low as RM15 million, without encroaching the existing green space within Taman Rimba Kiara.
“However, he never bothered to consider this alternative. On November last year, at a townhall in TTDI, he promised a further meeting with the residents to discuss the proposal of alternative housing that would not encroach on the green space. He never kept his promise.
“Former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan was at the meeting but also failed to even acknowledge our requests for the promised follow-up meeting. It is therefore very rich and egregious of Tengku Adnan to now claim that Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan ‘has no idea’ about the land in TTDI,” he added.
Koay said the matter has been brought to court in the ongoing judicial review application by the residents against Kuala Lumpur City Hall in relation to the land activities.
The judicial review is fixed for June 13 this year before Judge Nordin Hassan.
Tengku Adnan denies accusation he transferred state land
Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has denied allegation that he transferred state land to private developers.
In a report by Malaysiakini, the former federal territories minister told the news portal that “the issue of these lands is a long-standing issue and no corruption is involved. We are doing it according to the proposal, and we didn’t sell the lands instantly.”
On Wednesday, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate 64 parcels of land sold by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) under the purview of Tengku Adnan from 2013 to 2018.
According to Lim, the 64 lands have a combined area of 424.29 acres and a total transaction value of RM4.28 billion.
Less than half of the lands were sold for Federal Territories Affordable Housing (RUMAWIP) development while the rest were meant for expensive residential and commercial products priced at market value, Lim alleged.
Tengku Adnan also touched on the Taman Bukit Kiara problem saying “as for the development issue in TTDI or Taman Rimba Kiara, we sold the land plots to build Federal Territories housing (Rumah WIP). There is a concept of subsidy to help the KL citizens. We looked into the need (for the housing) and we don’t give it (land) instantly.”
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh also lodged a separate MACC report on Wednesday against Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan over the land sale in Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail to stop the proposed project on the site.
“As a former federal territories minister, I am ready to give cooperation to MACC and other parties on the reports against me,” Tengku Adnan told Malaysiakini.