Poay Tiong defends him­self, says land deal in Ke­lan­tan gen­uine

New Straits Times - - News - KELLY KOH kelly.koh@nst.com.my

AHEATED war of words marred the fi­nal day of the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly sit­ting here yes­ter­day.

As­sem­bly­men from both sides of the aisle were in­volved in a ver­bal fra­cas against each other as the land deal in Ke­lan­tan linked to a DAP law­maker was broached yet again.

Things started heat­ing up when state op­po­si­tion leader Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP-Ayer Keroh) took to the floor to deny graft al­le­ga­tions linked to the deal.

He grabbed the op­por­tu­nity to clear his name when state assem­bly Speaker Datuk Oth­man Muhamad al­lowed him to ask Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion dur­ing the ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

Khoo, how­ever, ac­cused the speaker of dou­ble stan­dards for al­low­ing the chief min­is­ter to dis­close a po­lice re­port, which named him and three oth­ers of be­ing in­volved in graft, at the state assem­bly sit­ting.

He con­tin­ued to de­fend him­self be­fore sev­eral Barisan Na­sional (BN) mem­bers shouted at him, ask­ing him to con­tinue with his ques­tion in­stead.

“Please don’t try to get your­self thrown out of the De­wan again,” they said, draw­ing laugh­ter from other as­sem­bly­men.

On Wed­nes­day, Idris said Khoo got him­self booted out of the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly sit­ting to avoid be­ing in the spot­light over the land deal.

Dur­ing the ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion yes­ter­day, Idris took a swipe at Khoo for in­ter­rupt­ing his re­ply to Goh Leong San (In­de­pen­dent-Duy­ong).

“Only those who eat chili will feel the heat,” Idris re­torted.

Ear­lier, Idris, in re­ply to Goh’s ques­tion on a po­lice re­port lodged at the Tan­jung Minyak po­lice sta­tion over the land deal, said the re­port was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 420 of the Pe­nal Code for cheating and was lodged by a 50-year-old farmer on Dec 14 last year.

“In the re­port, the com­plainant claimed that two men, Wong Chi Sing and Chua Soon Teck, told him that they could help the com­plainant ob­tain ap­proval to lease a 202ha plot of land in Kuala Krai, Ke­lan­tan. This was on the con­di­tion that the com­plainant also made a do­na­tion to Pas to fund their elec­tion cam­paign.”

Idris said the duo took the com­plainant to meet Khoo to con­vince him.

He said af­ter be­ing con­vinced by Khoo, the com­plainant made sev­eral transactions to Wong’s bank ac­count (RM528,000) and Mohd Haf­fiz Mohd Ras­dir via the Pasir Mas Pas Youth chief ’s bank ac­count (RM448,300) be­tween 2012 and Jan­uary 2014.

Khoo said the ques­tions raised by Goh and Chin Choong Seong (In­de­pen­dent-Kesi­dang) on the mat­ter were ill-in­tended, and aimed at killing his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and tar­nish­ing the DAP’s im­age.

He said ques­tions in­volv­ing a po­lice re­port should not have been raised at the assem­bly as it did not benefit the rakyat.

Khoo said the land deal was gen­uine and there was no el­e­ment of graft in­volved in the deal.

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