LAND OWNED BY FOR­EIGN­ERS

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sur­veyed the plots of land.

They even pre­tended to be the landown­ers to con­vince one of their vic­tims.

State Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mohd Salleh Ab­dul­lah said the sus­pects told their vic­tims that they were land bro­kers, who were tasked with sell­ing three plots of land owned by a Sin­ga­porean and an­other plot owned by an In­done­sian.

He said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that they raked in about RM15 mil­lion from those du­bi­ous land deals.

“Sus­pects started their il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity in 2011.

“So far, po­lice have iden­ti­fied four plots of land, which had been il­le­gally sold.

“Three of them are lo­cated here and one in Ge­lang Patah,” he told the NST.

Salleh said the trio tar­geted land owned by for­eign­ers be­cause they sel­dom checked on their land.

“These plots re­mained va­cant for many years.”

Po­lice had ar­rested two men, aged 38 and 50, in Kuala Lumpur on March 3, and de­tained a 43year-old for­mer Jo­hor Land and Mines Of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant here on March 6 in con­nec­tion with the il­le­gal land sales in Jo­hor.

The trio were re­port­edly part of a syn­di­cate.

The syn­di­cate iden­ti­fied for­eign-owned land in the state and used their strong ties with the Jo­hor Land and Mines Of­fice to forge land ti­tles to con­vince their vic­tims.

Mean­while, in a sep­a­rate mat­ter, state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor Datuk Abd Latif Bandi’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­view of his week­long re­mand or­der in con­nec­tion with a Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion was re­jected by the High Court here.

Judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak up­held the re­mand pe­riod that was pre­vi­ously granted by the mag­is­trate’s court, say­ing that there was no merit for a re­view of the pe­riod of de­ten­tion since the lower court had used its dis­cre­tion when it granted the re­mand pe­riod.

Latif’s re­mand will end to­mor­row. He was rep­re­sented by coun­sels Abd Rahim Ali, Ibrahim Haikal Razak, Ad­zly Manas and Mohd Fairuz Mah­mood.

PIC BY IZLAILY NURUL AIN HUS­SEIN

Jo­hor ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor Datuk Abd Latif Bandi at the High Court in Jo­hor Baru yes­ter­day.

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