PE­NANG GOVT SLAMMED OVER LAND SALE

No open tender process done, says Parti Cinta Malaysia

New Straits Times - - News -

AU­DREY DERMAWAN GE­ORGE TOWN au­dreymd@nst.com.my

THE Pe­nang govern­ment has come un­der fire fol­low­ing its rev­e­la­tion that a prime piece of state land at Peel Av­enue here had been alien­ated to a pri­vate hospi­tal.

The land was sold to Is­land Hospi­tal for RM156 mil­lion on a 99year lease with­out go­ing through open tender.

Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Huan Cheng Guan said Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng did not prac­tise what he preached when he said Pe­nang was the only state in Malaysia that prac­ticed a blan­ket open ten­der­ing sys­tem.

He said the land sale to the pri­vate hospi­tal was highly sus­pi­cious and ques­tion­able, adding that he con­sid­ered lodg­ing a re­port with the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

“The chief min­is­ter should stop mak­ing ex­cuses to jus­tify the sale of the land. Peo­ple are ask­ing why there was no open tender.”

Act­ing state Ger­akan Youth chief Jason Loo said the DAP-led state govern­ment lost the right to ques­tion Fed­eral govern­ment projects that did not go through an open tender sys­tem.

He said he tried to pur­chase doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the agree­ment be­tween the state govern­ment and the pri­vate hospi­tal on the land in ques­tion un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FoI) En­act­ment.

“This is my 20th at­tempt to get de­clas­si­fied doc­u­ments for con­tro­ver­sial projects in the state.

“My other at­tempts failed, but I hope luck is on my side this time since the state govern­ment has been preach­ing the com­pe­tency, ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency mantra.”

PIC BY ROSELA IS­MAIL

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Ab­dul Aziz Kaprawi (sec­ond from left) at the Malaysia Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Expo (MCVE) 2017 in Seri Kem­ban­gan yes­ter­day.

FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL PIC BY SHAHNAZ

Act­ing Pe­nang Ger­akan Youth chief Jason Loo at the Pe­nang Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­plex in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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